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What makes a miracle?

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about miracles recently and it all started with a question posed in one of those videos you see online that are there one day and impossible to find the next. The question asked the viewer to consider what it would take for a miracle to show up in their life. Note, it didn’t ask them to think about what miracles were or how the miracle would appear, rather it wanted you to consider what to do to allow something massive to change.

So I did what I thought everyone else might do and what the video had counselled against, I considered what sort of ‘thing’ or ‘event’ I would consider a miracle and I lit upon my sight. I’ve worn glasses since I was 10 years old even though my sight was bad before that. I have one ‘good’ eye – that can be helped with lenses, and one ‘bad’ eye that can’t. And I have a mild fear that surfaces every now and then about what would happen if the sight in my ‘good’ eye were ever to be lost completely. Fortunately, at my last eye test it appears to be going in the other direction and is actually improving! But still, that was the ‘event’ that popped into my head when I considered the question.

I decided to take the bait and follow my thoughts to a conclusion – not necessarily a logical one, but a conclusion nevertheless. And it ran something like this:

  1. When would the miracle occur? Well it would be overnight of course and I would wake up, put my glasses on and have a problem seeing.
  2. Slowly over the course of a few minutes I’d realise I could see better than I ever had before and would go outdoors to test my new super sight.
  3. I’d laugh, I’d call Steve, mum, my sister and anyone else I thought might be mildly interested and they would probably say ‘that’s great sweetie’ but not much else.
  4. I’d call my optometrist to book an appointment to get a professional to check it out because I didn’t really believe it would last.
  5. It would be confirmed, my sight had improved overnight, and could he/she/they write it up for a journal.
  6. The answer of course would be yes and I’d be a minor optical sensation for about 10 minutes.
  7. And then it would be done, miracle accomplished, job done .. my sight is great and life is still happening?

And that’s the thing about miracles, no matter how big they are at some point we will take their outcome for granted. Even Lazarus after he’d been raised from the dead for a few days was sucked back into what it means to live in this world. He may have been a minor celebrity, perhaps on a speaking circuit alongside the apostles, talking about his amazing experience, but that would now be his ‘job’. The miracle was done, dusted and neatly on the shelf and he was getting on with living his life. What this points to is that we don’t think about the next phase of a miracle, the what happens afterwards!

And that’s how it is for every miracle that occurs, their purpose is to reveal something bigger to us through the event or circumstance, but they are never intended to be permanent. They open us up to the magic of life so our consciousness raises some more, but they are never the only thing that will move us along this journey of life. They will improve our circumstances in ways we could never imagine, but eventually they must become part of our current state of being. And all of this is true until the next one comes along and the magic of miracles starts all over again.

When we think of miracles as a pragmatic fact of life, something that happens day in day out, somewhere in the world, we begin to see the possibility of them happening to us. To me, what this shows is that the determining factor is belief. The belief that a. we deserve miracles and that b. they show up for us – as well as for others and c. when they do we will change!

So, I’d like to pose the question to you – what would it take for a miracle to appear in your life?

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  1. Why thank you Doug, as I said to Patsy I do think they happen all the time and perhaps it’s time to explore that in much more detail – and I’m glad you enjoyed the post too.

  2. I think you’re right Patsy and that they are far more common that we realise, it’s just that we’ve become so used to things ‘happening’ for no ‘apparent’ reason, or we cannot imagine what might have been another outcome, that we don’t give them credence.

  3. Maybe miracles happen all the time? Perhaps your good eye would be like the bad one if a miracle hadn’t saved it? Maybe I would have been run over by a bus yesterday, but a miracle delayed it until after I’d crossed the road? Someone’s home may have been about to be destroyed until a miracle diverted the lightning strike.

  4. Dear Linda,

    Miracles abound in my life. They are quiet, but they happen all the time. One of them is the ability to recognise them when they happen, something your piece will help many people with. Once you begin to see and understand what is happening, you will become aware of the ‘miracle’ of miracles, that they happen all the time, whether you are aware of them or not.

    Your blog post will be one for many. Thank you for writing it.



  5. Thank you, Linda. I tried to think of this challenge in terms of the original question, not to consider what or how a particular miracle might be. For me, it is having a grateful awareness of the limitlessness of life and opportunity, and that whatever comes is always, always good, albeit sometimes extraordinary or surprising!