Do you believe in miracles? I certainly do. One of the primary reasons I love my job, is because of the joy and privilege it is to witness God working miracles in the hearts and lives of those I am privileged to serve. When facing a challenging situation, I encourage many a Client with this reminder: “We serve a God of miracles. He parted the Red Sea for the Israelites and changed your heart and mine–so keep going–He is worthy of our trust!”
The Bible talks about miracles and encourages us
to remember them as we face the unknown.
In fact, remembrance is so important in the Scriptures, that I draw a little cloud around words or phrases such as, “remember” or “do not forget”, so the reminder stands out on the page. Psalm 105:3b-5 says this about miracles and their importance:
“Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
Look to the Lord and His strength;
seek His face always.
Remember the wonders He has done,
His miracles, and the judgments He pronounced . . . .”
The following is a fun little miracle that, had I not witnessed it myself, I would never have believed it. It involved our middle child, Amy, when she was about 3 years old. At the time my nicknames for Amy were, “Sweet Pea” (when things were good) or “Stink Weed” when she was being obstinate. All that to say–she was quirky. (One year later, when we moved to England, we were grateful to be able to assure Amy that there were no volcanos there. For whatever reason, Amy was intensely afraid of them, so it would have been quite a fight getting her to board the airplane!}
I was busy working on a project in my sewing room when Amy slipped through the doorway and stood next to me. When I glanced at her, she looked down at the floor and mumbled, “I put ‘um up my . . . .” I put my finger gently under her chin so she would look at me, and asked her to repeat what she had said. Looking sober and slightly embarrassed, she still tried to avoid my eyes as she said, “I put gum up my nose.”
Stunned yet not wanting to upset her, I immediately forgot my project to give her my full attention. I could see the gum lodged in her nostril but could not quite reach it. Trying to stay calm, I instructed Amy to: (1) open her mouth to take a deep breath of air in, and then (2) told her to close her mouth as she blew the air (and hopefully the gum) out her nose.
Of course, that is not at all what happened. Amy took a huge breath in through her nose and sucked the gum far up into her sinus cavity! I called the Advice Nurse and was instructed to immediately bring her in to remove the gum.
As we drove to the clinic I asked, “Amy, why on earth did you stick gum up your nose?”
I nearly drove off the road when she soberly replied, “I didn’t. I was looking at it very carefully on the floor, when it turned into a worm and crawled up my nose.”
So far this is a cute story, right? Well, that is not my reason for sharing it. This next part is what is what has remained a miracle in my memory more than three decades later:
When we arrived at the clinic that late afternoon, Amy clung to me slightly but otherwise appeared fascinated by everything that was happening around us. We were put in a side room to wait for the doctor. When he came in, I explained why we were there as Amy soberly looked down at her toes. When he put her on the patient’s table to locate the, “worm”, the doctor saw that it was lodged too far up to remove without special instruments. Concerned (I’m sure) about the response of his young patient to what needed to be done, he gathered his instruments (a very long thin set of tweezers and a special light he wore on his head so he could differentiate between the gum and the tissue surrounding it) and four technicians to hold Amy down in case she turned into a wildcat. (Which I knew was entirely possible.)
As the four technicians held Amy’s legs, shoulders and hands, she became transfixed on the doctor and the light on his head. Her body did not tense, in fact, she appeared quite relaxed as the doctor positioned the long tweezers above her. As I watched the tweezers enter her nostril, Amy appeared to be fascinated by what the doctor was doing and NEVER FLINCHED–TRULY!
After the doctor had removed the gum turned off his light, he turned to me looking totally astonished as he said, “I have never had a child stay still like that for such a procedure–NEVER!” The technicians appeared equally impressed as they pulled out a bunch of stickers to commend Amy’s bravery. It was truly miraculous!
More than three decades later, it still gives me pleasure to think about that day. I never have entirely figured out what caused Amy to remain so still, but I do remember that she seemed transfixed as the doctor spoke softly and she focused on the light that shone brightly above her. What I DO know was that something special happened in those moments when Amy steadfastly refused to give way to fear.
What can we learn from this, especially when we face the unknown? For me, the lesson is about choices–in every season we come to in life there are choices to be made. Do we give way to fear, anger or some other emotion that can so easily overwhelm us? Or, do we take that deep breath of faith, steadfastly looking to the Light of Christ to help us in our time of need? After all is said and done, isn’t that what it is all about? We serve a God of Miracles, tried and true!
All to His Glory!