"There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle." Albert Einstein
The topic of miracles stirred up an exciting impromptu conversation with several great friends this week. Someone asked, "Do you think miracles still happen?" Of course, everyone had an opinion. I listened intently as great friends provided amazing insight into the complicated subject of miracles. One of the suggestions still lingers with me so I wanted to share it with you.
"Miracles require great responsibility."
I think it's really hard to explain whether or not someone experienced a miracle. The skeptic in me will always be motivated to find the rational explanation to why someone has suddenly received an unexpected financial reward, been healed from a burdensome disease or been released from a situation that had been emotionally debilitating. But, the believer in me wants to leave room for God to do something unexpected and totally God-like.
Scripture brings to light a thought-provoking exchange between the angel Gabriel and a Nazarene girl named Mary. She received the familiar greeting with a compliment that troubled her. Naturally she questioned how something as profound as a pregnancy might occur since she was still a virgin. Gabriel provided a rational explanation and a sound reminder. Mary confirmed and accepted it with humility. Maybe the most important part about this miracle is that we confirm and accept it for ourselves. I think my friend was right. This miracle does require great responsability.
"Nothing, you see, is impossible with God. And Mary said, 'Yes, I see it all now: I’m the Lord’s maid, ready to serve. Let it be with me just as you say.' Then the angel left her. Luke 1:37-38 The Message