Miracles are the subject of our current message series that we’ve been calling, Expect Miracles. We’ve been learning how to expect, prepare for, wait on, and believe in miracles. Miraculous events sometimes occur through the temporary suspension of the laws of nature. They are rare but extraordinary supernatural feats that display God’s power to overturn the natural order.
The most common miracles, however, are the many divine interventions in which God acts through ordinary causes. For example, God could heal a serious disease, prevent a tragic accident, or coordinate a series of events to bring about a positive result by manipulating but not violating natural causes. To a less discerning eye, these ordinary miracles appear to be the result of mere coincidence. They are often chalked up to spontaneous remissions, good fortune, or just plain serendipity.
God also intervenes in the ordinary course of daily life by enlightening, guiding, or strengthening us through our internal feelings or by the words and actions of other people. God orchestrates countless miracles that are noticeable only within the quiet recesses of the human heart. He may lead us to a new career, restore lost faith, or even find a fresh direction in life. God could give certain people the courage to reach out to others for companionship, stand up to bullies, or otherwise face their fears. He could encourage an addict to enter a recovery program or an alcoholic to quit a drinking habit. He could calm an anxious person, improve the self-esteem and confidence of someone who feels inferior, help a victim to overcome shame and guilt, inspire a believer to be a better Christian, move one family member to forgive another, enlighten a sinner to choose the right path, motivate a judgmental person to accept others, or help the emotionally wounded find happiness again.
In the last three weeks of our message series, we’ll take a look at these ordinary everyday miracles that occur within the confines of the human soul. Today, we’ll discover how God can enlighten us through dreams cultivated both during sleep and through our imaginations in the full light of day. Nurtured within the protection of the family, dreams are placed by God in our hearts for guidance and inspiration in life.
Next week on the Feast of the Epiphany, we’ll explore the journey of spiritual discovery that the light of Christ takes us on in the New Year. It’s another type of internal miracle to help us progress more deeply in our relationship with God.
In the final week of the series, we’ll consider how the gift of human innovation and creativity is a miracle in itself that not only reflects the beauty of the Creator but also moves the world forward.
Join us in church or online for the final uplifting weeks of our series, as we delve into the secret miracles hidden deep within.
—Father Roger Gustafson, Pastor
Father Roger Gustafson