Monday, January 31, 2011

The Bigger Miracle

For the longest time I have had a closed minded idea of what a miracle is. In my head it is supposed to play out in a certain way, a very cliche way if I may say. According to Wikipedia, "a miracle is an unexpected event attributed to divine intervention....A miracle is sometimes thought of as a perceptible interruption of the laws of nature". So with my cliche idea, when I hear miracle, I'm thinking and limiting my imagination to Red sea being divided into two, water being turned to wine by Jesus, Manna for the children of Israel in the wilderness, water from rock in the wilderness and the likes. Yes by every standard these are miracles, mind blowing miracles, actions that showed that God doesn't play! But why do I call it cliche?
With time  these kind of miracles have been driven into our minds in a certain way that make our eyes constantly on the look for these particular types, and then we forget (neglect) the other miracles that happen in our lives everyday because we are looking for things like a job landing in our hands that we dint apply for, receiving an A in a class we dint study for, finding $10,000 in our account from literally nowhere. Don't get me wrong these are miracles and they happen--like I always say, God is still in the business of doing these things, they are not old concepts at all. However my point is what then happens to the fact that we go to bed everyday and wake up in the morning, or that we drive out and come back safe, or that we have people who love and care about us or that we have been saved (the bigger miracle)? What do we call these? How come these days we begin to look at these like the "no big deals" next to when we hear of the manna from Heaven kind of miracles?

I wont sit down and grade levels of miracles, because honestly we should appreciate all because they are done by God, but I definitely wont neglect the fact that 3 years ago I was a huge mess and one way in his mercy God reached out to me and reminded me that my debts had been paid for a long time ago. No, I wont neglect this huge miracle just because I am waiting for the day I would be able to fly or walk on water(wont be a bad idea tho!, lol). For too long I have downplayed my miracle of salvation and finally it is time to realize, it is HUGE!!

You notice how when we read the story of Paul and Silas(Acts 16:23-34) we go on about how the chains broke off? To me that is a perfect example. Until I read the bible for myself, I never knew there was salvation in that story at all. This is a story I thought I knew very well, and even very familiar with the song, "Paul and Silas they prayed, after praying they sang, after singing, the holy ghost came down"--My Nigerian readers would know this jam! Little did I know there was a salvation miracle of the jailer and his household in this story. That is why I called it the bigger miracle, because I never knew about it, since it has been downplayed and really whether the chains broke off or not, I doubt if Paul and Silas would have cursed God and as a result missed their ticket to heaven(to me they seemed set, although we never know though), but for the jailer, that was when he got his own ticket to heaven, and to me, that is the bigger miracle of the two--the MIRACLE OF SALVATION.

**At least we don't know if there would be rejoicing in heaven the day God would make me to fly or walk on water but we know for sure that there was rejoicing the day we were saved, Luke 15:7 "I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent."
So let's give that credit cause it is HUGE!!

Stay blessed
Preserve your Saltiness

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