“While it is natural to despise being in a desperate place, it is here in the exact place we want to escape from, that we can come to know God by experience.” Lynn Cowell
When we read about the miraculous events found in the Scriptures, we tend to marvel in the phenomenon. It is easy to get caught up in what it must feel like to walk on water, to be instantaneously healed, or to watch the basket of food that never empties or the bottle of oil that never runs dry. We like to embrace the manifestation – that special moment when the miracle arrives.
But take a moment today to contemplate the minutes and the moments BEFORE a miracle happens – what it looks like, feels like, and the attributes that lead to its conception.
Think about the shame, remorse and humiliation of asking God for just one more miracle when your entire life has been filled with self-gratification and self-indulgence (Judges 16:28). Think about the guilt of asking for the miraculous but doubting in your heart it will ever happen (Mark 9:24).
What about the fear and terror of facing a life-threatening storm (Matthew 8:23-27), the desperation of just one last meal (1 Kings 17:12), and the painful sorrow of a death that looked irreversible (John 11:21)?
Think about being trapped with no way out (Exodus 14:11 and Daniel 6:17) or being subjugated to persecution (Acts 12:3) or treated with an unjust contempt when you have done nothing to deserve your fate (Daniel 3:13).
What about the exhausting and draining aspects of time itself? Think about twelve years of bleeding (Mark 5:25), thirty-eight years of waiting for help to arrive (John 5:5), or dealing with thirteen years of rejection, abuse, and false accusations (Genesis 37-45).
Isn’t it funny how we think about divine intervention in the light of our own perfection? We somehow believe that miracles must be earned or that they only surface in the lives of those who are worthy of them. But when you look closely at the minutes and moments BEFORE the miraculous occurs, they are often filled with fear, doubt, guilt, shame, and weariness – the imperfections of what it means to be human.
If you are looking for your miracle my friend and feel a sense of unworthiness as you long for one, take confidence the desperate place you are in is where you will come to know and experience God, as Ms. Cowell suggests above. Isn’t that a beautiful thought! 🙂
Miracles don’t germinate in the soil of pristine, unsullied conditions. They require the dirt of flawed humanity – the muddy ground of imperfection that each and everyone of us experience in this life.
What else can be found in the minutes and moments before a miracle transpires?
In the midst of shame and remorse, there was prayer (Judges 16:28). In presence of guilt and doubt, there was a petition for help, faith, and strength (Mark 9:24). In the lengthy sickness, there was determination (Mark 5:28). In the finality of death and disability, there was a hope that what seemed inevitable could be changed or transformed (John 5:8 and John 11:22).
In the lengthy wait and dismal circumstances, there was holding on to promises (Genesis 17:4), a calm reassurance (1 Samuel 1:18), and an enlightened view of what it means to be obedient (2 Kings 5:1-14).
At times, there was providence and grace when nothing was done or expected at all (Jonah 4:6 and 1 Kings 19:3-9).
If you are longing for your miracle my friend, are you talking to God about your need? Are you remaining faithful and determined – willing to follow your heart as He guides you? With a calm, peaceful assurance, do you believe that God will fulfill all He has promised?
Most importantly, do you realize that things can transpire miraculously even if you don’t expect them to – even when you have done nothing to bring about their fruition or to deserve such provision?
“Consider this: The Father has given us his love. He loves us so much that we are actually called God’s dear children. And that’s what we are!” – 1 John 3:1 God’s WORD translation
“Come and see what our God has done, what awesome miracles he performs for people!” – Psalm 66:5 NLT
If you are looking for the miraculous to occur in your life, I pray you think about what happens RIGHT BEFORE a miracle is birthed. I pray you see how our flawed humanity is fertile ground for a miracle to occur – that God doesn’t require perfection prior to His intervention.
I also pray you take note of the actions and behaviors of those throughout Scripture who manifested their miracle through hope, reaching out, determination, and calm reassurance – knowing with confidence a loving God is ready and willing to help.
Do you realize you could be living RIGHT NOW in the moments and minutes prior to your own miracle – even if you have done nothing or even if you least expect it?
Our God is that loving, that providential, and that gracious my friend 😊