10 Days of Top 10 Posts: #6 Miracles

Miracles. We all want them. What comes to mind for me are sports events… the hockey match when the U.S. upset Russia and the movie about it called “Miracle.” When the Tennessee Titans won a playoff game against the Buffalo Bills, the “Music City Miracle.” In all honesty, I don’t actually think either of those were miracles because I believe miracles are events that cannot happen in the natural order of creation. Well, I could go on, but just take a look at the 6th most popular post:

#6: Miracles, What Are They Anyway?

More about the post: Every once in a while I feel the need to ask a question without the assurance that I’ll get an answer. Like recently when I emailed Olive Garden about the song they use in their new commercial. I don’t know if I’ll ever hear from Olive Garden. It would be nice. I would appreciate it. So this post was sort of a common man’s thoughts on what a miracle is. If you care to share your opinion, the by all means post below!

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-Out of the Wilderness

Miracles, What Are They Anyway?

After barely making the playoffs, your favorite hockey team wins the Stanley Cup. Not a miracle.

Speeding down the highway in the pouring rain, just missing the jack-knifed semi-truck trailer. Not a miracle.

A man turning water into wine. Miracle.

The word miracle is far too often associated with something that is simply not miraculous. It’s a word that is overused, like a standing ovation during American Idol performances. When the audience stands and cheers after every performance, the honor of a standing ovation is lost. If a miracle is God acting in a situation, then anything that happens naturally is not a miracle. Take the stories from the Bible: Jesus turning water into wine, Moses parting the Red Sea, Lazarus coming out of the grave… these are miracles. Water never turns into wine. The Red Sea never splits in two. Death has never released it’s grip on anyone (up to that point). I’m sorry, the last I checked, a baby being born is not a miracle. Why? Because reproduction is the way humans were designed. It’s what is supposed to happen. It’s natural. It seems miracles occur in specific instances for specific reasons, mostly to make people aware of God’s presence. While there are plenty of other ways to see God- in nature, in people, in the birth of a baby- miracles are extremely rare, and extremely unnatural. The exciting part is when you do witness a true miracle, I have a feeling you won’t be able to keep from giving God a standing ovation. Or at least tweeting about it.