How often do you find yourself waiting for a miracle? Perhaps you’re stuck in a dead-end job with no prospect for advancement. Maybe you’re in a bad relationship or friendship and can’t take it much longer. Or maybe, like me, you’re gripped by the claws of mental health struggles and you want relief from that. Whatever your situation, I’m certain all of us have wished for a miracle at some point.
Have you ever seen a miracle? If you’re religious, you may think of a miracle as those miraculous healings that you hear about – the blind who can see or the deaf who hear again. Maybe that’s your perception of a miracle but is that the only definition? I don’t think so.
Miracles are all around us. We just need to see them.
Waiting on a Miracle
It’s so easy, isn’t it, to get caught up waiting for a miracle to come. Change is never an easy thing to deal with, so we avoid it, waiting for the miraculous event that will change our lives. That lottery ticket that brings in thousands or millions. The promotion or raise that comes out of the blue. Meeting that stranger who could change our lives, whether through work or romantically. Waiting on those is easy.
But do we get trapped?
Do you, like me, spend so much time waiting on that miracle that we miss the miracles that happen right in front of us? Like a fighter pilot who gets target fixation, do we become so focused on that miracle that we’re waiting for that we don’t notice all the everyday miracles surrounding us?
Do we get stuck waiting on a miracle?
I believe there are miracles happening in our everyday lives. They’re not the big miracles accompanied by blinding flashes of light like something out of a magic show. They’re the little, everyday things that crop up that we might miss. An unexpected phone call. The surprise visit. A much-needed hug out of the blue. An invite for coffee with an old friend. Those are the everyday miracles.
See, a miracle doesn’t have to be something newsworthy or incredible. It can be something that changes the day of the person receiving. Those small gestures that mean a lot. They are the ones to watch out for.
What prompted me to write about miracles? Well, as I’ve mentioned before, music plays a big part of my life. It should come as no surprise that music influenced this post. I was in the car listening to the radio, as I almost always do while driving, and this particular song came on. Be One by Natalie Grant is a wonderful depiction of what I’m talking about today. If you haven’t heard it, I’d recommend a listen but, in short the chorus says this:
It’s time to get our hands dirty.
Be love there’s a whole lot of hurting.
Calling all hearts, calling all hands, calling all feet to take a stand!
Why sit around and wait for a miracle to come,
When we can be one?
We can be a miracle if we want to be. It doesn’t matter whether we’re big or small, young or old, fat or thin, we can all do something. We don’t have to do it publicly, it can be something private. Simple. After all, miracles don’t have to be incredibly amazing; as I said: they can be something small, something that will be significant to the person receiving them.
Be the Miracle
As I write this, I’m reminded of a particular moment from the 2003 film Bruce Almighty. God (Morgan Freeman) gives Bruce (Jim Carrey) his powers after Bruce complains that God doesn’t do anything. The story then comically unfolds where Bruce does whatever he wants for a bit before realising that there is more to using those powers than he first thought.
Partway through the film, there’s a conversation between God and Bruce concerning miracles. The quote came to mind as I was writing this and I wanted to share it with you:
“Parting your soup is not a miracle, Bruce. It’s a magic trick. A single mom who’s working two jobs and still finds time to take her kid to soccer practice, that’s a miracle. A teenager who says ‘no’ to drugs and ‘yes’ to an education, that’s a miracle. People want me to do everything for them. But what they don’t realise is *they* have the power. You want to see a miracle, son? Be the miracle.”
So, you see, we can all be a miracle. It doesn’t have to be something magnificent. As God said: you want to see a miracle – be the miracle. We can all do something, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, to make someone’s day that little bit brighter. All of us. There are no exceptions to that rule.
As Natalie Grant said: calling all hearts, calling all hands, calling all feet to take a stand.
It takes all of us.
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