- a surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore considered to be the work of a divine agency.
- a highly improbable or extraordinary event, development, or accomplishment that brings very welcome consequences.
- an amazing product or achievement, or an outstanding example of something.
Every day we hear about the tragedies happening around the world. They are on all the television news channels, radio stations and posted on Facebook. How often do we hear about the miracles – big or small – happening? Not so much. But they ARE happening, every day. Oftentimes, it depends on how you define a miracle and what your mindset is.
The first thing I think of when I think of a miracle is something huge and wonderful and completely unexplainable. You know what I mean – the creation of heaven and earth, living organisms (you, me…frogs, trees), and how everything in our existence works together in a complex, synergistic rhythm. I love science, but science truly can’t explain all this. I also think that the range of human emotions and the courageous and compassionate actions people take to help others are miraculous. I believe in the soul and love how the miracles of art, music and faith speak to and complete it. If it was all just about survival, I see no need to help the helpless or feed the soul. Amazing, extraordinary miracles.
Miracles may be small and affect just one person, or be only in the eye of the beholder. When your favorite song comes on the radio just when you are feeling really blue? Or when your child or pet comes running to you for a hug when you walk in the door? How about the tingly feeling you get in your toes as you think about someone special? Miracles or not miracles? The song timing is improbable, and the love is extraordinary. I choose miracles!
I’ve been blessed with several miracles in my life, three of them truly life saving. My parents tell me two stories about growing up. In the first, I was 6 years old. We were driving home from grandma’s house and stopped in a small town for coffee and donuts. My parents say that because I insisted on staying for a second donut, we just missed being caught in a tornado that crossed our path home leaving destruction along and across the highway. In the second, the one I remember, I was 8. My dad and I were at the hardware store and Dad gave me money for the gumball machine. I popped the gumball in my mouth and was sucking the candy coating off, rather than chewing it, when I tried to talk. Instead, I inhaled the gumball which got stuck in my windpipe. My airway was completely blocked and I turned blue. The store owner grabbed me from behind and tried the Heimlich maneuver but it didn’t work. There happened to be a doctor shopping in the store who heard the commotion. He asked if he could help and then reached down my throat with his pinky and pulled the gumball out. I wouldn’t be here today if not for him. My third lifesaving miracle? The success of my breast cancer treatment. I thank God every day for answering my prayers for healing, opening my heart, and walking with me as I went through chemotherapy, surgery, radiation, reconstruction and hormone therapy. My medical team was amazing in their skill, commitment and compassion. Without my ‘earthly angels’ I would be in a bad place.
Continuing on my life journey, I choose to find miracles in simple things like the birth of a child, the beauty of a summer day, or the love and companionship of family and good friends. This brings me joy and peace. It is too easy to get sucked into the daily negativity permeating our world. Like most, I need a purpose and reason beyond myself to feel fulfilled. So I look for those earthly angels who cross my path. I keep my eyes open for the opportunity to help others. And I try to shine God’s light so others may see the miracles too.