I don't think there is a single one of us who doesn't need a Christmas Miracle this year. There's always a need and a longing for something or someone. For something to change our situation as it is into something that could be. Sometimes things seem so grey, so bleak, that it's seems too difficult to believe for miracles anymore.
What is a miracle? As our pastor defined it a few weeks ago: A miracle is an extraordinary even manifesting divine intervention in human affairs. And as I think about the miracles we have experienced in our lives, I know there are big Wow, God! That was You! miracles. I also know there are those teeny tiny whispered miracles that settle into your soul in the form of peace, and joy, love and hope and if we don't open our souls to them, we miss the miraculous nature of them altogether.
This year has been a tough one. I know, you're probably thinking, what can be harder than the year Mikail passed away? Well, let me tell you, it's very possible and one day I may be ready to write about it, but for now it's enough to just live it. After such a year, the list of miracles we long for is long and seem completely impossible. Perhaps because they aren't a part of the big picture God has for us? Perhaps the miracle He has for us is bigger than the ones we dare dream up in our finite minds. Perhaps there are different types of miracles and we miss some of them in our hustle and our bustle. Perhaps its our unbelief? Or perhaps Ann Voskamp is onto something: Right where you don't believe...is where God meets with a miracle. I think I'm going to hold onto this thought and bask in the miracle of Christmas itself. The greatest gift, the greatest miracle of all. A babe in a manger that came to save us all.
Are you looking for and believing in a Christmas Miracle this year?