We all ask for miracles in our lives but fail to recognize them when they occur. It’s easier to find a logical explanation than believe God showed up in an amazing way. Fascinating. We pray for a miracle, get one, but can’t bring ourselves to believe it’s true. We’ll credit modern medicine, a lucky break, a friend, or the kindness of a stranger; but God? That seems kind of far-fetched.
My question is if we don’t believe in miracles, why do we ask for them in the first place? We fail to recognize the everyday miracles occurring all around us. Because we aren’t looking for God’s glory and mystery, we don’t see it. So, we have miracles we ask for and God grants, and we have the everyday miracles surrounding us. But we are blind to them all.
Ask and ye shall receive
Why are we so quick to explain away a miracle in our lives? Does it offend our scientific or logical reasoning? A miracle, by definition, will not make sense to us. If it did, it wouldn’t be a miracle. It would be a Tuesday or a common result of a common problem. Miracles defy logic. They captivate and mystify. It’s just that they are harder to believe than not to. Most find it easier to rationalize and explain away the power and goodness of God in our lives than to accept His inexplicable love and mercy. It isn’t we aren’t grateful, we’re simply too stuck in our finite ways of thinking. We don’t want to be one of “those” people, the crazy fanatics who see Jesus in everything. But why not? There are worse things than being aware of Christ’s presence.
It’s interesting how we claim to want to follow Jesus closely, but we have such a hard time recognizing Him. How do you follow someone you can’t see? It’s a bit tough. We need to renew our focus on Jesus so we can see Him every step along the way. It takes a conscious effort to see Him in the mundane details of life. There are also times in our lives when we don’t want to see Him, or at least we hope He doesn’t see us. But He is everywhere all the time. The Lord of your life is in every circumstance in which you find yourself. You just have to look for Him–and you won’t have to look very hard.
If you will take a moment to pause in your busy day, you will see everyday miracles all around you. You see it in the vibrant colors of nature, and in the gentle breeze blowing your hair even though you can’t see it. There are everyday miracles that hold your feet to the ground and provide oxygen for your lungs. The intricate ordering of clouds in the sky or the brilliant palette of a sunrise reflect the majesty of our God and put everyday miracles front and center before us.
Ask for miracles, look for miracles, and believe in miracles when they occur. God is always at work in your life and the lives of others. Without miracles, our world would cease to exist. When you can’t explain the extraordinary, know it was a miracle from God. He has promised to provide for our needs (Matthew 6:31-33). Sometimes He’ll work a miracle to accomplish His promise. You just need to learn to see it.