The very word miracle implies an extraordinary event. Something perhaps unexpected that is manifested from divine intervention in human affairs. Do we see miracles today? Do we expect them today and everyday?
We also hear miracle and expect that they are big things that God does. Splitting the sea or raising someone from the dead. Something so big and unmistakable that we can’t miss it. We just don’t seem to see those in today’s world.
But what if we are missing miracles everyday. Even today I’m sure I missed one. And not just any miracle. But one that was designed by or Lord and Savior specifically to do through me.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. -Matthew 28:18-20
We know these verses as the Great Commission. To go and make disciples of men. To spread the good news. That is to be our mission. But what I’m not sure I noticed until reading this today was how the first and the last sentence really go together.
All authority in heaven and earth has been give to Jesus. He has the power of miracles. The power to heal, to comfort, to bring peace. And he is with us always, everyday all day long. Not just when we need him or when he has something for us to do. But always. Jesus is with us, able to provide miracles all day, every day. Why then aren’t we experiencing them more? Are we just missing them? Missing the opportunities that God puts in front of us everyday?
Do we not see miracles everyday because we just aren’t expecting to?
As I was thinking about this, I believe God wants to intervene in supernatural ways in human affairs regularly. Perhaps not in a way we perceive as miraculous. No parting of the sea type of things (though He could if He wanted to), but in ways that are no less miraculous.
We hear many stories of people leaving larger than normal tips to their waiter that needed that exact amount for some purpose. I even have a story myself somewhat like that. A few years ago in a tight economy, we had a bill that was coming due and not paying it was not an option (or not a good one to say the least), but my wife and I had no idea where that money was going to come from.
We were then contacted by an insurance agent out of the blue about an account that we had forgotten we had and we could withdraw from which was almost to the dollar the amount I needed for the bill. That call came at the last moment we had until we were going to be late on the bill. It came right when we needed it.
Many may say, what a coincidence, my wife and I fully believe that was God meeting a need at the time that it needed met and we give Him all the praise for that.
Be a delivery guy
We can be the “delivery guy” for the miracle that God wants to provide for someone else. I think God puts those opportunities in front of us all the time, every day. If we look for them and are in tune with people and their needs, God will use us to provide miracles to people.
A story I read recently that got me thinking about this was one of guy who was delivering some items to a job site. He struck up a conversation with a carpenter on site and the carpenter let it slip that he was having marital problems and didn’t have much hope for fixing it. Normally our delivery guy would have sympathized with him and then ran far from the conversation, but this time he felt led to ask a simple question;
“I really want to help you. What can I do for you?”
The carpenter without hesitation said, “You can tell me what to do next.”
Our guy panicked. He wasn’t prepared to tell him what to do, he had no clue really himself anyway. But he remembered something he had heard at a Christian conference recently, “The miracle is God’s to do, not yours.”
So without really realizing where the words were coming from, he simply told the man;
“You need to go home and make your bed.”
The man was shocked at what he heard, because what our guy didn’t realize was that making the bed was a major source of conflict in the marriage. The carpenter’s wife said it was a sign of everything that is wrong in their marriage.
Neither party was expecting a miracle that day. But God wanted to deliver one and our guy was willing to deliver whatever God gave him.
I’m gonna start expecting to see miracles or be the delivery person for one that God wants to bestow on myself or someone else. God is moving and active everyday whether we see Him or expect Him, I plan on expecting it now.