Do You Want a Miracle?

The Irony Miracles

We proclaim that God does miracles! We pray fervently for God to do miracles in our lives. All miracles ares truly great and marvelous things. But the irony is that great and marvelous things are wonders that invite trembling rather than calmness. Who would, around lightning and thunder, feel at ease? Who would, with strong winds gushing and whistling eerily, would sit back and relax? The idea of ‘great and marvelous’ closely resembles ‘extraordinary and unusual’. Most (if not all) of what is great and marvelous in this world leaves us awestruck and at times flabbergasted. When God would do great and marvelous miracle in our life, would our hearts be ready for it? Because chances are, the whole experience will be jolting.

Every Miracle is Preceded by a Crisis

When the Egyptians were about to corner the refugee-Israelites at the bank of the Red Sea, who would have prospected that God would open up the waters so they can pass? It was for sure beyond human comprehension. It was a miracle! I could just imagine the Israelites walking through dry land awestruck with a wall of water to their right and left. They had hesitations but they had the littlest of choices. If they didn’t decide sooner to amidst their fear of the walls of water crashing down on them, the Egyptian fleet will catch up with them. A miracle was given but mainly because their lives were at stake.

How could we, in our quiet and pleasant mundane goings expect to see great and marvelous things happen in our life, yet, at the same time assume that it will be without crisis?

To Want a Miracle is to Walk by Faith

In every crisis, there is always something at stake. In fact, you can hardly call a redemptive act a miracle when nothing is at stake. And the bigger the crisis, the bigger the miracle. The great and marvelous miracle is considered such because of a great and marvelous crisis! If we desire great and marvelous miracles, we should be apt with the crisis. And if our motives are biblically grounded, we will get the miracle! This is what it means to walk by faith and not by sight. To venture into the unknown is to venture into crisis-riden territory, but we walk through it by faith with head held high!

…we walk by faith and not by sight…*— 2 Corinthians 5:7

And we will, at the close of a chapter, with John Newton sing:

Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home*
—[Amazing Grace, John Newton 1779](

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