Everyone wants a miracle.The words seemed understated and almost nonchalant in nature. I sat back and began to ponder about how most of us,when we face a trial or sickness, pray desperately seeking a miraculous answer to our prayer. We all want a miracle of some sort. We all want God to show up in power!
Life does not seem to be designed this way.. does it? If it were then qualities like faith, perseverance and hope would not really be needed.. all we would have to do is say a prayer and everything would be "fixed". Before long we would all expect miracles and eventually take them for granted. Life would take on a different slant. The need to overcome temptations and to wage spiritual warfare would be nonexistent.. prayer would be reduced to an incantation and God would become some sort of Genie in a bottle.
On the flip-side.. if miracles did not exist.. if God never healed.. if answers to prayer were almost nonexistent.. then maybe all of creation would despair.. people would lose hope.. cynicism would run rampant.. sadness would rule the day.. God would become an abstract theological idea that had no substance in reality.
Tomorrow we celebrate Easter.. the day when real miraculous hope was born.. the day that Jesus conquered sin, sickness, death and Satan.. the day that He rose from the grave. Maybe.. in a sense.. that miracle we all want happened that day so long ago.. as the scripture says:
If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.Maybe the miracle is all about discovering that new life that dwells in us.. maybe we need look no further than our renewed hearts.. maybe the miracle is in us? Not that I am going to stop praying for miracles :)