I do believe we have forgotten how to expect miracles. Or maybe I should say we have forgotten how to be in awe of miracles. We all know the miracle of birth. And the miracle of finding someone, or something we thought was lost to us. We only think of miracles as a passing quirky thing we say when we find our team on the losing end of a game "we need a miracle to win". Or if we are going through divorce we secretly whisper "it's gonna take a miracle to find someone new" Or as I like to say, He will have to come bearing the Ark of The Covenant. Ha ha ha.
We are missing out on an action step that could elevate our mood and change the direction of a situation, or how we perceive a situation. I am talking about the under utilization of expecting miracles. Gasp... a very religious thing! Miracles are all around waiting to be bestowed upon us if only we would look for them. I am not talking about Abra Cadabra Presto Chango MAGIC! I am talking about real miracles, unexpected shifts in outcomes that we originally thought were doomed.
In my own life I have taken up the charge of expecting miracles all the time. I am rooted in this thinking as I move through stressful times. I have done all that I can do in a situation and now I must set my mind to expecting a miracle. It has been my experience that a miracle isn't necessarily an outcome we desperately want, but rather an outcome that is suited to what we need most. Perhaps a change of heart, or a different perspective. Miracles are about grace (code for blessings) and our ability to keep the faith when things seem their most dire. I know we all want what we want, when we want it. And miracles flip the script....what is needed will come. That is the miracle. That is the ultimate lesson in every situation. What we want is trumped by what is needed. And what is needed is right for that situation. Sometimes the miracle is the lesson. Sometimes the miracles is the test. And sometimes the miracle is the loss. And that is perhaps the hardest one of all.
Everyday I expect a miracle, and everyday I get one, or two or several depending on how ready I am to look and see. I am breathing this morning...what a miracle! My children are bathed, clean and fed...what a miracle! I have been in love....what a miracle! I need to continue to provide for my family...food, shelter, clothes. As I plan I am realizing that in this moment all that is taken care of... what a miracle! Tomorrow is for tomorrow and right now the miracle has arrived. I am keeping this thinking close to my heart as I move forward and the possibility of losing my home to foreclosure looms on the horizon. I am refusing fear and chaos and depression. I am instead standing in the place of miracles and faith. Knowing always that I have been brought this far by faith and there is no giving up now.