Do you believe in miracles?
I know that sounds like a corny catchphrase from a Hallmark movie, but it’s also a serious question to consider.
Today, I’d like to introduce you to Raelyn Quinn, a talented young writer, and first and foremost a follower of Christ. I have the pleasure of working alongside her as a Community Assistant at the Young Writer’s Workshop, and I was delighted when she offered to guest post for me.
Raelyn’s words inspired me, and I pray they inspire you, too, as you read her article which glorifies God as the Miracle Worker and Giver of Life.
Our God Still Works Miracles | A Guest Post by Raelyn Quinn
In the Bible we see countless stories of Jesus healing the sick and diseased, making blind men see and deaf men hear again, feeding the thousands from a meager meal, and bringing the deceased back to life again. Our God has done so many miracles that we could probably never in our lifetimes count the amazing things He has done.
But why don’t we see miracles like that now? If you’re like me, you’ve heard the stories of real-life miracles. Maybe from missionaries. Maybe from your pastor. Maybe from an evangelist or your youth group leader. But you’ve never seen it for yourself.
And sometimes you can’t help but wonder, does God still do miracles? You hear the stories, but they’re hard to believe. You pray, but oftentimes, your prayers don’t seem to be answered. You want to believe in miracles; you know in your heart that God can do and still does miracles. But you still need to witness one for yourself.
Let me tell you this. I may never have seen astounding miracles like a lame person rising and walking or a dead girl coming to life again, but I have seen God do miracles.
Miracles Are About Perspective
We tend to think that miracles have to be huge and life-changing and that there must be an immediate change or healing for it to be a miracle. But that’s not the case.
For a moment, consider the story in the book of Matthew where Jesus heals a lame man. Jesus spoke to the paralytic and told him that his sins were forgiven. Of course, the Pharisees who were standing nearby could not believe what they were hearing! But Jesus knew exactly what they were thinking. And Jesus spoke to them saying, “For which is easier: to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? (Matthew 9:5). Yes, the lame man suddenly being able to walk was a miracle from God, but the true miracle wasn’t just that physical healing. The forgiveness that the paralytic received from Jesus that day was the real miracle.
Miracles don’t have to be something profound or radical in order to be considered miracles. It’s not that God ever stopped doing miracles; it’s about our perspective on the miracles that He’s doing.
You’re not going to just walk around seeing sick people get instantly well or blind people suddenly regain their sight as a normal, everyday occurrence. That’s just not the way this world works. We live in a broken world and, oftentimes, when a person fails to gain healing or breakthrough, etc., it’s because that desire isn’t a part of God’s perfect plan.
Miracles are all about perspective. We tend to focus on the massive, mind-blowing miracles. But when we don’t see those kinds of miracles all the time, we start to question God. Like Thomas who doubted when he heard that Jesus was alive again, we won’t believe until we see the proof for ourselves–until we see the miracles.
But, friend, I’m here to tell you, it’s not that God isn’t doing miracles; it’s that we fail to see the miracles that He is doing.
Miracles Are Everywhere
A miracle doesn’t have to be some big thing to be classified as a miracle. If you only learn to shift your perspective, you’ll quickly discover that miracles are happening around us every single day of our lives. Some are bigger than others. Some may be so tiny that you barely even notice them. But they’re all miracles. And they’re all significant.
Despite all the hardships, trials, and grief I’ve faced this past year, I’ve also seen so many amazing miracles where God’s fingerprints are undoubtedly evident. In February, my oldest brother started coming back to church. For years, he’d strayed from God and followed his own path. But when hardship struck, he looked to God. Now, he’s walking with God and growing in a relationship with Him.
Even now, I look back on it and can clearly see God’s hand in that situation. He took all the terrible things that had happened and turned them around for good. For so long, my family had been praying for my brother. This year our prayers were answered. That, my friend, was a miracle.
Though I prayed and prayed for my brother to return to God, it was hard to imagine that ever actually happening. But our God does great things. Our God still works miracles.
One day, when my sister’s cat was nowhere to be found, my entire family searched the whole house. We couldn’t find her anywhere. Desperate, I prayed to God, asking Him to let her be okay and to help us find her. Not long after, I opened the hatch to the crawlspace. And lo and behold, there she was! My dad had been doing some work down there that day and the silly cat had jumped down into the crawlspace. That, friend, was also a miracle. Perhaps a small miracle, but it was a miracle nonetheless.
God Is Still Working
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a miracle as “an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs.” So, really, when we look at it like that, our world should be full of miracles! So many things happen around us that are remarkable and extraordinary. Even the little things. It just takes a shift in perspective to see all the miracles that surround us.
Our God still works miracles, friend. Every single day of our lives is filled with miracles that showcase His amazing love for us. Each step of your journey is a part of His perfect plan. All you have to do is change your mindset.
Will you choose to think differently and see all the amazing miracles that our Father does each and every day?
About the author
As a child, Raelyn Quinn always loved exploring new worlds through the pages of books. Now, she not only reads stories, but writes them as well. Sitting down at her desk to write with a cup of hot cocoa in hand and rain pelting on the roof is one of her favorite ways to spend an evening. When she isn’t writing, Raelyn can be found watching sunsets with her rabbit or spending time with her family. With a passion for crafting unique characters and weaving stories of light defeating darkness, Raelyn has a deep love for writing and strives to encourage others and bring glory to God through her words.
Keep up with Raelyn through her email list, Starlight.
This same message appears in a poem I recently read, “Miracle Fair” by Wislawa Szymborska. It’s true; miracles are about perspective.