Miracles sure have been on my mind these days. I went back and looked at the list of Jesus’ miracles on line. One site listed 42 of them. You might think that’s a lot of work and quite an extensive list, but, what is on my mind, are the miracles God performs for us every single day in our own lives. Speaking for myself, I am so slothful in recognizing just what He does for me on a daily, sometimes moment by moment basis.
I have a severe type of asthma. I won’t go into details, but it will suffice to say, that sometimes, I am simply grateful for every breath God allows me to draw. It’s just as simple as that. There are times, that breathing becomes my job. No sympathy required, I just want you to see what God does. I have had this disease for 25 years. It was not a childhood disease for me. God used this disease in so many ways. He has stilled me, made me get in The Word, (though not as much as I need to) He is allowing my thoughts to be spiritual and not of the flesh. I may have never grown as I have, had it not been for this disease. I am thankful for it!
Another reason it has been so prevalent on my heart, is because of my nephew and his wife, Tyler and Jessica. Tyler was a Ninja Turtle, McDonalds loving kid growing up. An only child, but at about 4 years old, we found out he had a terrible blood disease. After a few years of treatments, his little body went in to remission and he has led a relatively normal life. He and his wife, Jessica both underwent surgeries for their health. Sounds like everything was spot on and they were ready to live happily ever after. Not so. They could not have a baby. God has instilled in women this desire to bare a child. It is what God ordained and meant to be. Jessica was no different. After 13 years, and they were long years, of trying every method known to man, they were told that a pregnancy would never be a possibility. Here they were, healthy and ready for a family, but they could not get pregnant.
In the middle of all of these years of trying, God was building their faith. Never think that “nothing” is happening! God always has something better for us if we will have faith and believe on Him. Tyler was feeling the call to preach the Word! Our family would have never thought of Tyler carrying the gospel. He was a shy kid, mumbled his words and loved video games! But God! God made an intervention! After 13 years of marriage and trying to have a baby, Tyler and Jessica were able to adopt a beautiful, baby girl. This story is in itself another miracle of God. The biological mother was simply passing this way, and ran out of gas. Had no intention in staying in the area, but a church loved on her, showed her the way, and she had a happy, safe delivery. She decided if someone, a stranger can love her, then God could too. She wanted more for her daughter and Tyler and Jessica fit the bill. She hand picked them out, after God did!
The story gets better! Tinley is now three years old, and thriving. She loves her “Pap” (my brother) to pieces! That doesn’t thrill him in the least! Jessica, however wasn’t feeling good last week. She was hurting in an around her stomach. With her history of trouble, the Dr wanted to order a CT scan to see if it might be her appendix or her ovaries giving her the trouble. Protocol for insurance to approve a CT, is a pregnancy test. By now, I’m sure you have guessed…it came back positive! She was already 4 months and a few days pregnant, and didn’t even know it! Isn’t God the best thing that has ever happened to you?!?!?!
The next Monday, Tyler and Jessica had their first appointment with the OBGYN. Another obstacle immediately shot out at them. They knew she was high risk, but upon examination, Jessica had to be rushed to surgery. Her cervix was open and the baby was coming. The Doctor didn’t give much hope before surgery, but Tyler let him know, it will be what God wants it to be. They had the faith that God would do what was best.
After about an hour, the Doctor returned to Tyler and said, “I like her chances! Everything went perfect. We are going to keep her in the hospital 5 days to make sure there is no infection. If we get passed this, I think her chances are good.”
Stop! I want you to just stop, reread this article and tell me how many miracles you see God doing in this story! We sell God too short brothers and sisters in Christ. Far too short. He is able to EXCEED anything we ask or think! That was Kyla’s mother’s favorite scripture to quote. Believe you me, I heard it over and over again. It would do us all a world of good if we would step back and look at all the miracles in our own lives. And then, my friends, thank Him for what He has done!