Missing The Miracles - Heaven Changes Everything

Missing the Miracles

I noticed we were passing through the traffic light where, if we turned left, we’d wind up at the Great Plains Regional Medical Center. That was where we’d spent fifteen nightmarish days in March, much of it on our knees, praying for God to spare Colton’s life. . . .

Sometimes laughter is the only way to process tough times, so as we passed the turnoff, I decided to rib Colton a little.

“Hey, Colton, if we turn here, we can go back to the hospital,” I said. “Do you wanna go back to the hospital?”

—HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, XVII

Todd

God is sovereign. The way he orchestrates the tiniest details in our lives to carry out his will for us is simply beyond our understanding. I believe God is involved in every part of our lives, in small decisions and in monumental matters.

Consider this one: late one night, on a long cross-country drive to visit relatives, I jokingly asked our four-year-old son if he wanted to go back to the hospital where he had almost died a few months earlier. His casual answer would change our lives forever. Talking about the hospital, Colton told Sonja and me, “That’s where the angels sang to me.”

Over the next few weeks and months, other details of Colton’s miraculous visit to heaven gradually trickled out. But if I hadn’t asked that question that night, who knows when—or if—we would ever have known about it.

God is constantly at work in our lives in ways that we might not even realize.

Consider this: God’s Son’s first recorded miracle occurred when he attended a big wedding party where the wine ran out. Jesus instructed the servants to fill the containers with water, and then he turned that water into wine. One thing a lot of people miss in that story is that the bridegroom and bride didn’t know they had run out of wine. In fact, they never knew! So they never knew that Jesus had turned the water into wine. God did a miracle for this couple, and they didn’t even know he’d done it.

It makes me wonder, how many miracles has God done for us and we didn’t even know he was at work? How many times has God directed us to turn left or turn right at an intersection and that turn kept us from an accident or brought us to encounter someone at exactly the right time so we could help or encourage him or her at exactly the right moment? How many times has he prompted us to reach out to someone, to ask a question that made a difference, and we didn’t recognize his hand at work in that moment?

We don’t often have problems bringing the big stuff to God, but remember, there is nothing too small for God to be involved with in our lives—whether or not we realize it at the time.

When’s the last time you noticed God at work in your life? If you need a little help, listen to George Strait’s song “I Saw God Today.”

The master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew.

John 2:9 NIV

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Heaven Changes Everything
By Todd Burpo
Thomas Nelson
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