Many years ago, I used to see a bumper sticker that I loved. Whenever I saw it I felt happy, hopeful, and grateful…it always made me smile. So, I decided to find that bumper sticker and place it on my car because I wanted to pass on the blessing. And when I would sit at a red light, pump gas, or drive on Interstate 95, it never ceased to amaze me how many people would honk, wave, and just smile at me. Some would even roll down their windows and say, “I love your bumper sticker!” What was the message that we all loved reading? Expect A Miracle!
Expect A Miracle! Looking back, I think I loved this message so much because I had experienced a miracle – I was one. In fact, I had experienced many other miracles as I began a life of recovery and as I met people like you. A few months before I first saw that bumper sticker, I was slowing dying. The disease of addiction had taken me to a place of total darkness. Most days were filled with fear, shame, regret, anxiety, and loneliness. I had lost everything and everyone I had once loved…including myself. Although my family loved me and told me they would never give up on me, they had to let go to protect themselves from my disease – even my mother, who never stopped praying, believing, and expecting a miracle.
Miracles often occur when you least expect them. They happen in those moments when things look and feel their worst; but although painful, messy, ugly, and humiliating, hitting bottom is also miraculously beautiful.
I love what Mark Nepo wrote, “God is everywhere and the extraordinary is waiting quietly beneath the skin of all that is ordinary. Light is in both the broken bottle and the diamond, and music is in both the flowing violin and the water dripping from the drainage pipe. Yes, God is under the porch as well as on top of the mountain, and joy is in both the front row and the bleachers, if we are willing to be where we are.” …If we are willing to be and see where we are.
I believe that miracles are happening all the time…in us and all around us. We just don’t pay attention, we doubt that they are real, or we are convinced that miracles could never happen for us. We believe that we are not deserving or worthy enough. We are convinced that we are incapable of experiencing anything good, let alone a miracle.
Alone, we are not capable. However, when we remember – or someone else remembers for us in prayer – that we are one with a miraculous, Higher Power, a Power that loves us more than we could possibly imagine, a Power that is for us and not against us, we too can experience our miracle.
Miracles come in many ways and in many forms. Your miracle could be finally forgiving. It could be coming to believe that a Power greater than you can restore you to sanity. It could be becoming honest with yourself and admitting your problem. It could be living through a trauma when you should have died. It could be a desire to stop using and becoming a channel of peace instead of pain…of love not fear. Your miracle could be strongly feeling the presence of a loved one who has passed on from this earthly life. Miracles can be physical, emotional, or spiritual. They can happen quietly and gently, or they can come boldly with a bang! Sometimes miracles happen quickly. Often they happen slowly… so slowly we hardly recognize them. We must work at recognizing miracles and opening up to all the possibilities. Pray. Believe.
This time of year is so symbolic of the gift of miracles in so many ways. Nature is bursting with the miracle of new life. What appeared to be dead has reappeared more beautiful than ever! During Passover we celebrate freedom from bondage and the beautiful remembrance of the miraculous parting of the Red Sea that carried the Hebrew nation to their freedom. During Easter we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the miraculous demonstration that the real Life of us never dies.
The definition of a miracle from Webster’s Dictionary is, “An extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs.” There has always been debate about those “divine interventions.” Are they real? They are real if you believe they are.
Miracles arise from a mind that is ready for them. Be ready for your miracle. Be ready for a miracle for your loved one. Expect A Miracle!