Have you ever seen a miracle? Have you ever been part of a miracle?
The other week in confirmation our lesson was on miracles. We played around with some definitions for a miracle: not explained by science (or reason); something good in a bad situation; getting someone through something that’s impossible, God makes it happen.
We often turn to the Bible when looking for miracles. There’s Jesus resurrection from the dead and raising Lazarus from death to life. There are also miracles of healing the sick, making the lame to walk and the blind to see. Some of the other miracles include the feeding of over 5000 people with 5 loaves and 2 fish, walking on water, and turning water into wine. And that’s not all. In fact, the Gospel of John ends with saying that Jesus did many other signs that aren’t recorded.
It’s easy to name those stories in the Bible as miraculous, but what about events in our world and in our lives today? Have you ever seen a miracle? Have you ever been part of a miracle?
When I posed this question to a group of parishioners a number of years ago, one woman was quick to share her story. She talked about her and her husband driving along the Ohio Turnpike and being the first ones on the scene of a horrible accident. While her husband called for help, she held the hand of someone who was severely injured. She held his hand and talked to him and prayed until he was airlifted from the scene, and how that man was so grateful for her presence and comfort. This woman shared with us that God had put her in the right place at the right time. Maybe that’s another definition of miracle.
I personally think miracles happen all around and even through us. Sometimes we label them as coincidence and sometimes we are so busy with our lives we don’t pause long enough to realize what God’s up to in the world and in our lives. I wonder if at the feeding of the 5000 if the crowds realized how they were fed? I wonder if the boy who gave Jesus his 5 loaves and 2 fish realized that he was a part of the miracle? Hopefully they recognized what was going on, and then shared what they saw with others.
The miracles in the Bible were written down to be shared with us and the world. As miracles happen in our lives we too are called to share our stories with others. God acts in all of our lives. God gets us out of situations that are impossible. God puts us in the right place at the right time. Let’s watch for God’s work in our lives and share theses miracle stories with others.