We all have times when we truly need a miracle. Life is hard, since it is allowed to be, and sometimes it overwhelms us. Sometimes we only don’t know where to show or what things to do. Sometimes we fall to our knees–are even driven to our knees–and we pray to God for a miracle. I have done that many times in my own life. I have observed and experienced miracles in my own life.
Miracles never come if we sit around and await them. Miracles come when we forget about something magical happening, and reach work to accomplish what we need. Someone whose house has been blown to rubble in a hurricane can want the house to be whole again, but that’s not planning to happen. Miracles like that are typically fiction. People coming to simply help us and comfort us are miracles. Miracles happen when we get busy and benefit what we need. I just like the story of the guy in the flood. Because the waters rose, he climbed around the roof of his house. He couldn’t swim, so he prayed to God for a miracle. Not too long after that best acim podcast, a ship came by. “Jump in,” yelled someone from the boat, but it absolutely was full of people and the man on the roof wondered if it will sink if he jumped on, so he waved them on, waiting for his miracle. A little after that, a helicopter came and hovered over him. The people in the helicopter dropped a range for him to climb up to the helicopter. That looked difficult and dangerous, so he waved the helicopter on and waited for his miracle. The water rose further and he was washed off the roof. Unfortunately he drowned. At the Pearly Gates, he was a little miffed at Peter. “I prayed for a miracle,” the man cried. Peter looked over the read-out before him, and said, a little surprised, “Well, I’m unsure what happened. We sent a ship and a helicopter.”
Sometimes a miracle is in the shape of someone waving and smiling, and asking us about our lives. Sometimes talking to people helps us know what we must do and where we must be. Sometimes when others know what we truly need, they have the solutions to our problems. Sometimes others can help us relax and figure things out. When we’re freaked out, it’s hard to recognize a miracle and how to use it. Miracles are not always tidy. Sunlight doesn’t always shine on us as we miraculously and magically rid our lives of our problems.
We’re responsible and accountable to ourselves, to others, and to God for what we do with a miracle. There’s another story I like. A person was on the roof of his barn, and lost his footing. As he slid down the roof toward almost certain injury and possible death, he prayed to God, “I need a miracle! Please help me.” A claw sticking up out from the roof caught on his overalls and stopped him just when we might have gone over the edge. Whew. “Never mind, God,” the man said. “I don’t need a miracle anymore.” Gratitude for miracles is an excellent idea. Recognizing miracles for what they’re is really a must.
If we’re unemployed and we expect someone to knock on our front door and offer us employment, we are very apt to be disappointed. If we do receive a job and recognize that individuals obtained it through miraculous means, we must value it and magnify it. We should not disdain it and complain about it.
I often get answers and solutions about one problem in my life when I’m thinking or reading about something totally different, or when I’m focusing on an alternative project. If I were to lay on the couch and await a miracle or if I weren’t willing to obtain up with my life and do the very best I really could, I’d overlook plenty of amazing items that I’m taught and that I can accomplish.
One of the purposes of life is to come quickly to know ourselves, and we can’t do that if we are immediately and completely bailed out of our problems. Yes, we truly need miracles; and yes, we receive them. We just need to be careful about wishing we didn’t have any problems, about not recognizing miracles once they happen for people, about not doing everything we could to ameliorate our personal problems, and about not valuing our personal miracles when we receive them.