Usually when we think of miracles we have thoughts of the dramatic, or lack thereof? You may or may not have witnessed this but you and I can very often be witnesses without giving it such a name.
I remember in childhood as both my parents were caught up in the Miner’s Strike in the 1980s. For a number of months they had very little income in which to pay the bills and feed two children (my sister and I). Not only that but very quickly on the horizon it was going to be Christmas. What were they going to do? I remember the conversation (even though it is thirty years ago!) when they sat my sister and I down to tell us that we may not get very much that year. Incredibly over those months we survived on the generosity of the local Church and also relative through food parcels, donations, and odd jobs. When Christmas arrived I came down stairs to find all these wrapped up presents that had been donated by those people – it was my favourite Christmas Day ever! It was a miracle time for me.
I remember at the birth of our child many years later and watching as the morning after birth she was taken in to theatre at Alder Hey Children’s hospital for surgery. It was a very surreal experience but the whole process, including all the care afterwards reminded me of the incredible miracle of life that we can take for granted until its security and comfort is seemingly threatened. In this ‘miracle’ story I will always remember one or two of the staff who looked after this baby (as they do others) with all the care as if it was their own. Another miracle!
Every day when we wake up and go outside there are miracles surrounding us. We never give our surrounding environment, or even the air we breathe much thought but a miracle it is. As sometimes God grants us the privilege to share in ‘supernatural’ miracles, God sometimes gives us the ‘privilege’ of seeing the ‘miracles’ that take place all the time.
What are the miracles that surround you?