“Our God is a God of Surprises. Sometimes He gives us a surprise that changes our lives forever.”
Just before my daughter Corrie would be diagnosed with a rare liver disease, I said that quote above to a group of ladies at my church. I was also in the middle of reading the book “You Were Born For This: 7 Keys to a Life of Predictable Miracles” by Bruce Wilkinson
At this time in my life I had experienced a few miracles but I wasn’t looking for them every day and I certainly hadn’t thought about being one for someone else on a regular basis.
About the time I read that book, Corrie was diagnosed with Biliary Atresia, we were sent to the hospital for her Kasai surgery and entered the beginning of a journey we are still on today. A journey of miracles or divine appointments I like to call them.
By definition the word miracle means
“a surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore considered to be the work of a divine agency.”
That all sounds good and wordy, but the fact of the matter is, God is the divine agent and He uses you and me as His co-workers in bringing miracles to pass on this earth. No matter how big or small.
What that looks like is different for each of us, but for example, this is what it looked like for me this week.
I was looking around my house to see what I could sell and I sold an extra Thirty-One bag on one of the local FB yard sale sites. I finally got to meet up with the recipient and on my way to meet her I prayed something simple like “Lord let this bag be a blessing to this lady and use me to be a blessing in her life.”
Keep in mind I had never met this woman but as we did the bag exchange we chatted and I got to learn more about her. Her husband of 25 years had just passed away after Christmas and here she was 6 months later and as you know if you have lost a loved one, it still hurts and life is still hard to move forward after that kind of loss. I imagine you wonder if anyone still cares as most go on with their lives and you’re still picking up the pieces.
All I know is God cares and he sends the laborers at just the right time to give you a dose of faith to keep going and let you know He sees you and hears your prayers.
Yesterday I got to pray with my new friend, encourage & remind her God is still writing her story and it’s a beautiful one. I then gave her that bag that caused us to meet, she gave me some beautiful flowers she happened to have and I went on my way back to shuffling kids around to their various camps.
The point is, you don’t have to have it all together, have life figured out or have all the resources you think you need to be a blessing or miracle to someone else. You just have to be on the lookout and ready to give away what you do have. Even if all you’ve got is an encouraging word or some words of knowledge or maybe even just a smile. That encouragement is often the only miracle some people need.
Perhaps if we all went about our days looking for who we could bless, the days might get more exciting and we might realize like Esther did in scripture, we were Born for such a time as this.