What is a miracle? I believe a miracle is something so great and so amazing that we can only attribute the result to God. Lately, I have heard more people refer to my situation as a miracle in the sense that my tumor was supposed to take my life well over a year ago. Obviously it has not and somehow the tumor is not growing as far as we know. I give God all thanks, praise and credit that I am still around, but I am not going to use the word miracle quite yet. When I think of a miracle I think of the blind receiving sight, the lame made to walk, a brain tumor magically disappearing into thin air and the effects of a stroke being reversed. All of that seems like a lot to ask from God and so, for now, I will just take each new day as a gift from God to be enjoyed and used to God’s glory.
As a Pastor I would be with people who, like me, who were battling a terminal disease. The bravest among them would ask me, “Pastor, do miracles really happen?” I would respond in my most seminary trained way by saying “Yes, miracles happen. They are possible, but not probable”. Now I am less calculated in my response and say “Heck yes! Miracles happen every day. We just need to open our eyes and see them”. The miracles I am referring to may not be of the big supernatural kind but the kind that is more of the everyday variety – such as the birth of a baby, a spectacular sunrise, sunset or seeing an eagle in flight. God performs miracles every day. We just need to look for them and give God thanks for them. Through the life, death and resurrection of Christ we are given eternal life. This is the greatest gift and miracle of all, so take some times today and thank God for this gift/miracle.
Thank you for reading this and for the many ways that you encourage me. Together let’s keep the faith. “Look upward, travel onward and be not afraid”.
Blessings to you,
Pastor John Hogenson