The Mindfulness of Miracles

“The whole world is a series of miracles, but we are so used to seeing them that we call them ordinary things.” – Hans Christian Andersen

“There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein

“You have done many miraculous things, O LORD my God. You have made many wonderful plans for us.” – Psalm 40:5 GOD’s WORD translation

“It was possible that a miracle was not something that happened to you, but rather something that didn’t.” – Jodi Picoult

One of the keys to a peaceful, joyful, and hope-filled life is the mindfulness of miracles.  Our ability to easily recall and quickly recognize the signs and wonders of God can be life changing!  Nurturing this skill takes mindfulness – being constantly attentive and continually aware of God’s power at work in all circumstances of life. 

Miracles of the Past

If you were asked to write down the five greatest miracles of your life thus far, would it be an easy exercise or a difficult task?  Mindfulness of past miracles brings God’s sovereignty to the present – becoming a constant reminder of His loving care and intricate involvement in each and every circumstance we face.  Think about the peace, contentment, and hope created when we can instantly recall past miracles in our life!  The power and impact of those miracles can positively transform your view of current problems or issues.

Take the time this evening to meditate on your past miracles – writing down the five that you feel transformed or changed your life.  Was it an accident that was miraculously avoided or the miracle of healing after an encounter with disease and sickness?  Was it the birth of a child or grandchild?  Maybe it was God’s manipulation of circumstances or events that caused you to meet a person who has impacted your life in a tremendous way. 

Was it meeting the love of your life?  Maybe it was the ability to acquire an education when a few years earlier that dream seemed out of reach.  Could it be related to your job or vocation?  Maybe a promotion or the loss of a job that eventually turned you toward your true calling in life.

In my own life, I can see how a terrible tragedy has indeed become one of the greatest miracles and gifts I have ever received.  You may feel similar about a hardship or difficulty you’ve faced – seeing the wonderful miracle God has created in the midst of it.

Learn to be mindful of these past miracles – thinking about them often and thanking God for His intervention, care and concern for your well-being.  Keep the list of your five greatest miracles somewhere close to you, easily accessible, reading them, contemplating them and remembering how God has lovingly used them to dramatically change your life!

“He does great things past finding out, yes, wonders without number!” – Job 9:10 NKJV

Daily Miracles

Take time at the end of each day to be mindful of the miracles that surround you – miracles that are often taken for granted or simply ignored.

Jesus said, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe.” (John 4:48)  Too many of us go about our daily business with a blind eye toward the signs and wonders that occur directly before us each day. Like Hans Christian Andersen states above, they become like ordinary things to us.

Think about the simple act of awakening each morning – something none of us are guaranteed will occur tomorrow.  Yet, each morning we jump out of bed not giving it one minute of our attention.  What keeps the muscles of our heart beating?  How about the miracle of sight, hearing and thought or the body’s ability to heal a cut or wound?  How the body and mind work together is such a miracle in and of itself!

Think about jumping out of bed, opening your window and looking at the sun – the warmth and light it provides.  The earth is PERFECTLY set in an orbit that isn’t too close or too far away – giving us and all life the ability to flourish.  Think about the earth’s rotation, allowing for day and night all in a PERFECT synchronicity – never too fast or too slow or suddenly spinning out of control.

Think about how the events of your day unfold. The phone call that comes at the perfect time, the gift of communicating with a good friend or loved one and the job assignment that gets finished without a glitch. Maybe a child that is learning and returns safely home from school at night or an evening meal that is eaten in the shelter and comfort of your home or apartment.

Can you see God’s involvement within your daily life?  Can you see the miracles unfolding before your very eyes each day?  Does meditating on these signs and wonders change your view of God?  Do they bolster your faith, give you peace, or provide you with hope?  Do they help you to believe?

Get in the habit of daily reflecting on the miracles taking place in your life.  Notice how this kind of mindfulness changes your view of life and the current circumstances you face.

Miracles Yet to Come

To me, the greatest gift that comes from being mindful of past miracles and observant of the daily signs and wonders that surround us all, is the hope they ignite in the future – the tremendous faith that comes from seeing what God has done, what God is currently doing, and how God’s miracles will continue to unfold tomorrow, helping us attain all our dreams and desires. 🙂

When I meditate on those five greatest miracles of my past, when I am actively observant and daily acknowledge the miracles that unfold before me each day, I become emboldened and steadfast in my belief that God can see me through the uncertainty of tomorrow!  No problem is too large, no dream is too unattainable, and no obstacle is beyond my ability to overcome. The mindfulness of miracles breeds peace, lifts up hope, and strengthens our faith no matter what tomorrow brings 🙂

It’s my prayer that you take the time to think about the five greatest miracles of your past – writing them down and pondering them in your heart. I hope you learn to open your eyes to the numerous miracles that surround you each day – believing that EVERYTHING is a miracle and nothing is ordinary. May you look to tomorrow with great peace and confidence, knowing that God’s miracles never cease and nothing is impossible for Him!

“I am the Lord, the God of all mankind; is there anything too hard for me?” – Jeremiah 32:37 TLB

God bless! 🙂

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