Modern Day Miracles

I recently studied the book of Acts with a friend, and we discussed how common miracles were back then and how hard it is for our western, modernized minds to imagine. While writing Resurrection Rest, I was reminded of many modern day miracles I’ve witnessed.

I’ve told you before about my parents’ miracles. My mom was in a bad car accident that literally broke her neck. The doctor had no idea why she wasn’t permanently paralyzed at the time of the accident saying that he had seen patients with half as much compression on their spinal cord paralyzed. By all accounts, my mom shouldn’t be able to walk today, but she can.

My dad had a bad case of pancreatitis. The entire hospital (it seemed) was aware of his case and in absolute awe that it didn’t kill him. Doctors shook their heads in surprise that he was able to survive such a bad case. He’s doing well although the damage done was irreversible.

But I’ve seen many more than that. Back when I was in youth group a lady at our church was hit by a drunk driver. The doctors told her family that she wouldn’t make it through the night. My family along with the rest of the church fell to our knees and prayed fervently for this woman. She survived the night much to the doctor’s astonishment. They warned the family that she might have survived, but she would never wake up from the coma. Three long months later, she woke from the coma, and again the doctors were shocked. The family was told that even though she woke up that her brain injury was too significant to expect that she would ever be much more than a vegetable. With difficulty, she was able to make stride after stride that impressed the doctors – she was able to relearn how to walk although she’ll always need a walker, relearn how to talk although the accident damaged her language centers and so her speech is labored, and has far surpassed anything the doctors ever imagined. She’ll never be who she was, or be able to live independently, but she was able to do much more than anyone had thought she would be able to accomplish.

Another lady at my church – a dear friend that we affectionately called “Grandma Greising” – got very ill. She developed an infection that turned septic and was on life support fighting for her life. The doctors told her husband that it was time to say his good-byes and take her off the machines, because she could not survive. I remember exactly when this happened. It was December 31, 1999. While the rest of the world was worried about what would happen at the stroke of midnight with Y2K, I was pacing my grandparents’ back yard, praying desperately for this dear lady. Her husband wasn’t ready to say good-bye so he refused to comply with the doctor’s suggestion. Shocking the doctors, she not only survived her illness, but seemed to be stronger and healthier afterwards. In fact, her sweet husband has since gone Home to be with the Lord, but she’s still here.

Several years after this incident, another lady I knew had the same exact diagnosis. This sweet woman was known as the “Bug Lady” for her love of insects and how they show an intelligent Creator. As she lay in the hospital I again found myself praying, this time I reminded God (or really reminded myself) of what He had done for Grandma Greising and that He was capable of healing this woman as well. He showed once again that He was not only capable, but that He was willing as He healed her.

All of these stories have something in common. The earthly, human doctors thought their situations were hopeless, but then God stepped in, and did something that humanly speaking seemed impossible. God still does miracles. We’re so wrapped up in our western scientific mindset sometimes that we can nearly miss it, but they’re still there.

The most amazing miracle God performs happens every single day – He brings the dead to life. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—  and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:4-7) We were all once dead in our sins , no life in us, and no hope – but God (those are some powerful words) brought us back to life, because of His great love. If you have believed in Jesus as your Savior, you have experienced this miracle of coming to life after death. If not, it’s not too late, and it’s never to difficult for God to resurrect one more soul, and I pray that as we enter into Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday, that you will search the Bible, find someone who can help you see how God can display His resurrection power in you. As you search, remember this – salvation is in Him and Him alone, not of our own works, nothing you do. It’s His power, not ours, that brings life.

Have a blessed weekend celebrating our Savior!

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