- What is a Miracle?
What is a Miracle is the question raised by a recent comment. In my terms, a miracle occurs when God intervenes in any otherwise natural circumstance. – in other words – when He does something that wouldn’t naturally happen. I like to think that a miracle is God’s response to faith in action. I.E., We have some human need, we hold out our hand to God and He responds. Viola – a miracle happens.
- How big is a miracle?
When I had life-saving lung surgery for cancer many years ago, I had no hesitation in calling the result a miracle. I went into surgery with no fear, joking with the surgery staff, and came out with no pain, and a very smooth recovery. The anesthetist came and sat on my bed after to tell me he had never had an easier intubation – I told him, “of course you didn’t doctor, there was a whole church full of people praying for this op.” It is easy to classify such events as miraculous and to think of miracles as wonderful and momentous; but what about the little things? When we find the empty park in a crowded street right outside the shop we need; when the rain stops just when we have to go out; when life flows so smoothly for us we feel blessed; are these blessings not miraculous in nature?
- Little miracles.
Psalm 1 states, “blessed is the man who meditates on my word day and night”; and that “everything that he does will be blessed”. I can testify to the truth of that. Our lives have been wonderfully smooth and blessed since we gave God control. So it is plain to me that all these little blessed things in our lives are God-given, and therefore are a never ending stream of little miracles.
- The Miracle of Baptism
Taivesi Duanitutu states that the baptism of Jesus is not a miracle. I don’t understand the comment, because for me, baptism involves some divine intervention. When the Spirit of God landed on me, and when my mind was filled with blinding light and with joyful words of wisdom and illumination; I was born again and in no doubt that God was present. For me the size of the event was major, but for others it may be or was minor, but whatever the size, it is miraculous because God is present and involved. The element of baptism and the miracle of being born again are not necessarily synchronous, they may be separate in time, but they are one in fact.
- Reach Out In Faith
The worldly view of a miracle is that event which can only be described by divine intervention. My view is that it is better described as a transaction between believers and God, where the believer reaches out in faith, and God responds in love. We have some human need, and God supplies that need in some manner. It is more impressive when the result is dramatic, but however the result is delivered it should be described as miraculous, and answering the question; “What is a Miracle?”