I’ve read several more chapter of Know Why You Believe by Paul E. Little. Since the last update on my reading status, the book as discussed the following questions: Is the Bible God’s Word? Are The Bible Documents Reliable? Does Archaeology Verify Scripture? Are Miracles Possible?
I found the chapter on miracles particularly interesting. The Bible notes several miracles performed by Jesus. This book notes that miracles were done to confirm Jesus’ message and God’s truth. Jesus never gave in to temptation to perform miracles for entertainment, or for any reason other than teaching spiritual truth.
The book also explains that miracles aren’t necessary for us today because the records of miracles noted in the Bible have been proven to be very accurate. Based on this, we don’t need miracles to have faith in the truth of God – the proof is already there for us to believe (or not.)
Even though miracles may not be needed to build our faith in God, I still believe they happen. Un-believers can explain unexplainable occurrences away as coincidences or flukes, but I see them as God’s way of reminding us of his presence.
I’ve read stories about terminally ill cancer patients given months to live, but they live completely healed five years later. These stories tell me two things: 1) Doctors aren’t God, so they can’t tell us with certainty when we will die; and 2) God has a plan, and if it’s not our time to go, we stay.
I have had things happen in my life that may not qualify as miracle status, but they are striking enough that I feel God played a part in them happening. I’ll share one experience with you:
My older son suffered from chronic ear infections as a baby. Because of the continuous clogging of his ears, he was significantly delayed in his speech development. When he was two-and-a-half, he was tested for cognitive and speech impairment. They found his cognitive functioning was fine, but he had ‘moderate to severe’ delays in speech.
We were told that this period was crucial for speech development. They explained that speech therapy services had a 6-month wait list, and that services couldn’t be obtained through the school district until he was three. Then they shared more bad news: speech therapists charged an average of $100 per session (not covered by insurance) and a shortage of therapists meant that finding one could be difficult.
I don’t remember exactly how much time passed, but it was soon after this meeting that I had an appointment at the salon to get my eyebrows done. Like beauticians and bartenders, estheticians are great listeners. After I finished telling her the story of our predicament, she said, “You know what? I have a client who is a speech therapist for <name of school district>. I’ll give her your number.”
I left that day with some great looking eyebrows and a renewed sense of hope. I wondered if she really would talk to her client (lots of people say things that never get done.) So I wouldn’t get my hopes up too high, I told myself that she was probably too busy. The fact that we couldn’t afford $100 a week loomed in the back of my mind. To my surprise, the woman called several days later. She was booked, but could work in one more.
For six months (until he qualified for preschool services with the school district), she came to our house once a week and taught us some sign language so we could communicate basic needs. She did muscle strengthening exercises with him, and showed us some to do on our own in her absence. Most importantly, she gave us hope that everything would indeed be all right. She did all this for a price we could afford.
If I hadn’t gone to the esthetician my mom recommended; if that esthetician hadn’t left the salon and I got scheduled with the other one; if I hadn’t mentioned our situation to her, we may have been in for a long wait. Skeptics may look at this situation as a lucky coincidence. I think it was God.
<Our older son is eight years old and still receives speech therapy services. We think this may be the last year he will need them, as he is working on the last letter: “R.”>
Have you witnessed any miracles (or mini-miracles)? I’d love to read your experiences.