By Joe LaGuardia
During our Pastor’s Bible Study last Sunday evening (November 27), someone mentioned that we tend to talk about miracles only around the Christmas season. We speak of the miracles surrounding Christmas: angels displayed in heavenly praise, heavenly hosts communicating with shepherds and Joseph and Mary, visions for magi, and the greatest miracle of all: the virgin birth of Jesus our Lord and Savior.
Why do we not speak of miracles more often? Do miracles only happen around the holidays–and only those that happened as recorded in the Bible? Does God still perform miracles even today, even if today is mundane and ordinary?
I think that if we do not experience God’s miracles that is not God’s problem, its our problem. We take God for granted, we forget the sanctity of life, and we tend to ignore (or we totally fail to see) opportunities that the Holy Spirit has for us.On a recent morning, my son Hayden told of being awoken by a still, small voice in the middle of the night right before a thunderstorm came over our home. The voice said, “Go to mommy!” and while he was walking sleepily to our bedroom to do just that, a loud thunderous boom crackled outside!
Hayden told us that he never heard a voice like that, so clear and commanding–he had to obey it! I said that it was none other than the Holy Spirit keeping him safe. Who else would’ve known that a lightning bolt was to strike right outside of the window? That was a miracle, and my son’s openness to obey the Holy Spirit was a miracle too.
Jesus once told his disciples that when they approach God it is best to do so as children. Children have that sense of awe we tend to lose as the years pass. Children expect to be surprised and find joy in learning new things. Our ability to experience and acknowledge miracles–not just around Christmas, but always!–really depends on our ability to come to God with this same innocent wonder and amazement as our children!
‘Tis the joy of the season and the joy of knowing the God of miracles!