Jul 25

Seeing miracles


As my Facebook status today I wrote ‘Miracles do happen’. It was intended as a bit of a joke – a friend of mine whose car has been in for service and repair for two years (yes, really) had actually been told that her car was ready for collection. But it did make me think.

The dictionary defines the word ‘miracle’ as “a phenomenon not explained by known laws of nature” or “An event that appears inexplicable by the laws of nature and so is held to be supernatural in origin or an act of God”.

it seems that miracles are held by most of us to be mysterious interventions from the hand of an unseen God – a God that can choose to perform a miracle or to withhold one.. I’m not so sure. I suspect that miracles are actually the products of the rules that run this Universe. We don’t understand all of those rules, but we sure as hell rely on them. No-one can explain gravity, but it works. Reliably. I suspect that the things we class as miracles happen when we connect to a different set of rules than the ones we’re used to. Different rules. More mysterious rules. But rules nonetheless. Rules that apply simply because of Who We Are.

When I look round me, it seems I am surrounded by miracles. A seed growing into a plant seems pretty damned miraculous from where I’m standing. A baby being born is pretty amazing. Some of the technical marvels on my desk are freakishly miraculous. As Arthur C Clarke suggested “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

I think we’re getting closer every day to understanding what we call the supernatural. and what I prefer to think of as ‘supernormal’. The unexpected. The surprising. The unusual. I have a feeling that we’re getting closer to a time when we start to connect to some of the magical and miraculous powers that have laid dormant in our beings for a long, long time. Because I don’t see us as these limited earth bound beings. I see us as infinite, interconnected beings able to call on the infinite power of the Universe. Psalm 82 reminds us that we “are all Gods and sons of the most high”, while Romans 8 promises that “all creation stands on tiptoe just to see the sons of God come into their own.”

I think we’ve limited ourselves by thinking of an all powerful “God ‘up there'” and missed the simple fact that that pure, powerful, awesome, incredible creative energy runs through each one of us. Miracles? We make them happen.

So maybe I need to change the way I look at things. As Einstein observed: “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

I’m going to start there. Seeing the world for what it is: incredible, wonderful, miraculous, magical, spectacular, mysterious, beautiful. And the people in it I’m going to see in the same way. Every single one of them. Incredible, wonderful, miraculous, magical, spectacular, mysterious, beautiful. And somehow, when I do that – miracles happen.


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