I know that the idea of believing in miracles might seem hokey to a lot of people. There are pragmatists out there who will search high and low for rational, scientific answers to events and experiences that, on the surface, seem to defy explanation. I respect and understand that people who struggle with the concept of a higher power of any kind might have an even harder time considering the possibility that miracles can occur. Escaping a life threatening event or having something remarkable happen can be chalked up to coincidence. But I recently read a great quote that said, “Coincidences are G-d’s way of choosing to remain anonymous.” This blog isn’t meant to promote any specific religious ideation or spiritual practice. My intention is to suggest that amazing things happen around us and to us all the time, and the extent to which we can notice them, honor and celebrate them in our lives, the better we will probably feel.
If you can, allow yourself to think about the miraculous things that exist in nature. If you’ve been fortunate enough to travel to places like Alaska, or any National Park, the grandeur, and the pristine beauty will astound you. But it can be even simpler than that. Take the time to look up at the stars in the night sky or smell the perfume of a perfect rose. Think about the miracle of life itself, and the countless miraculous things that our bodies do to sustain us and allow us to move, create, grow, and heal. Think about the miraculous ways in which our minds work and the inventions and creations that come from our ability to imagine and envision. Consider the fact that we can be so resilient despite obstacles and trauma. How is it that despite the vastness of this world, we manage to find that special someone who feels so right for us? A soul mate that we are capable of loving so deeply. I think the great advantage to embracing these experiences as miracles of a sort, is that it gives us the opportunity to live our lives from a place of true gratitude and openness. I choose to believe that if we are open to the possibility of miracles, it is likely that they will find us.
Where have you encountered miracles that have impacted your life?
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I loss my oldest child to gunshot wounds October 27, 2007. the very next day, his son would turn 1 yr.old. So, every year it is bitter sweet for my family. My grandson is now 7 yrs. old. It is like seeing my son grow up all over again; he has is dad’s smile, dimples, walk, laugh and his mannerism is the same. It is truly a miracle to see my son reborn through my grandson. To be able to witness this is awesome and I am truly grateful to GOD for this blessing.
Charmaine, I am so sorry for your loss. I know what a strong and courageous woman you are, and your grandson is blessed to have you in his life!
Nature is one of the places I feel closest to a higher power. You mentioned Alaska in your post. My husband and I traveled to Alaska to visit our daughter at the birth of our second grandchild. While there we were privileged to witness the aurora borealis. I perceived this awe inspiring event as a display of the creativity of God. It seemed playful, beautiful and loving. In a different way and at a different location I was able to be present when my other daughter gave birth to her two children. The miracle of birth is raw, primal and powerful, yet mysterious and–yes–miraculous. I am grateful for the miracles around me. Thank you, Lisa, for this reminder.
Thank you, Terry! There are certain places in the world that are so pristine and perfect in their beauty that it’s really impossible not to believe in a higher power. Keep noticing the miracles-both in nature and within all of us!
You are quite welcome Timothy. Thanks for the comment!
Thank you for this, Lisa. Very well expressed thoughts. I feel fortunate I’ve been a person who has never lost their sense of awe. It’s so important to find “the extraordinary in the ordinary”, and it’s something I try to do daily. It leads to gratitude and appreciation for life, the universe, and the unseen connection that binds everyone and everything.
Thank you, Sharon, for writing such an eloquent response! You represent the best of what it means to be grateful!