Sounds so grand doesn’t it? And hey, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be! A great, big, grand miracle that transforms our life in a way that means it will never be the same again. Amen! Then there are the smaller things that we so desperately need breakthrough in because our day to day lives are so affected otherwise – we need God to move and make changes that we can’t.
Either way you look at it, big or small, the definition is the same... a miracle. An event not explicable by natural or scientific law which is therefore attributed to a divine agency!(bing.com). An extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers. (dictionary.com) A remarkable event or development that brings very welcome consequences. (oxforddictionary.com) It all alludes to the same thing; that God sees our needs and wants to bring change that alleviates our struggles and brings peace, resolution and healing. Why? Because He loves us. And, because He is God, all will see His power and He will be praised.
So what about when we pray and the miracles don’t come as we think they should? What then? As a mum, my instinct is to instantly fix a need that my daughter has. Sometimes this is necessary but at other times, I have to take a step back and let my ever-inquisitive, fiercely independent explorer, figure it out for herself. Not because I love her a bit less that day but because there’s something she must learn and having learnt it, she’ll have the knowhow to avoid the situation next time or be of help to someone else. She, at times, needs space to exercise and use her God-given intelligence. I also want her to know that she has a Heavenly Father to call on so that her faith may grow and sustain her and that she will know that her God, as well as her parents, is for her.
Is it so different with us and God? There are things we expect God can fix instantaneously if He so chose to and it’s hard to accept it when, for reasons unknown to us, He seems to choose not to. It doesn’t seem fair and it would be so easy to wander off believing that God hasn’t heard our most heartfelt requests. However, we know this is not the case. It tells us in Jeremiah 32 v 27, "I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?" and whilst we may struggle with God’s timing vs. our timing, we know fundamentally that God does hear us and He can. He is able. “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” (Ephesians 3 v 20) We know that we needn’t entertain fear or doubt.
I’ve been privileged enough to hear the dynamic speaker, Christine Caine, speak on a similar issue when talking about the Israelites being led out of Egypt. She used Exodus 13 v 17-18 to do so – ‘When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt ready for battle.’ (emphasis mine) Her illustration from these verses was of great encouragement - she said, “There’s often what we perceive to be a short cut but God may choose the long way round because He’s preparing you for what He’s prepared for you.”
Let’s stand firm on all that we have been taught of late, having been reminded of the miracles featured in the Bible and learning more about how God showed his power among His people in this way. As we hold dear these things, I hope, pray and firmly believe that in the months to come, there will be awesome changes that we won’t be able to explain in our human capacity or our own time frames but we will rejoice together and praise God for His faithfulness!