Jesus raised the dead (cf.Luke 7:11-17; Matt 9:18-26; Mark 5:21-43; Luke 8:40-56; John 11:1-44). He healed lepers (Matt 8:1-5). He made the lame walk and the blind see (John 5:1-9; John 9:1-12). Jesus performed miracles! Merriam-Webster defines a miracle as 1) an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs. By contrast, coincidence is defined as 1) a remarkable concurrence of events or circumstances without apparent causal connection. It seems that coincidences have increased, while miracles have become almost non-existent.
I don’t believe in coincidences, but stopped short of calling incidences miracles – until today. Miracles occur all the time; we just need to recognize them as such.
Jim and I went antiquing today. It was a consolation day trip for the getaway that circumstances prevented. We were eating a late lunch, sitting in a secluded section of the diner. Suddenly, screams were heard. Looking up, I saw a woman holding a toddler. She was yelling, “Help me!” My EMT training immediately kicked in. Leaving my half-eaten hamburger, I RAN over to the woman, who was hysterical. A side note is important at this point. Since July, I have had two surgeries on my left knee, plus a staph infection which resulted in six weeks of IV antibiotics. I cannot run. At the same time I reached the woman, so did another lady. We took the toddler from her arms and laid him on the floor. The little boy was having a seizure. I KNELT (see side note) beside him, as I explained that I am an EMT. The other lady looked up in amazement as she shared that she teaches CPR! Coincidence? I don’t think so! When the toddler stopped seizing, we continued to provide emergency care until EMS arrived.
Do miracles occur today? Absolutely! Do we recognize them as such? Look for the miracles. Allow God to use you!
Philippians 2:13 – For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
There were no coincidences today, only miracles!