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Posted on July 31, 2016 at 6:10 PM

What is a miracle?

The dictionary defines a miracle as the following:

1) A surprising and welcoming even that is not explicable by nature or scientific laws and is therefor considered to be the work of a divine agency

2) A highly improbable or extraordinary event, development, or accomplishment that brings very welcome consequence

3) An amazing product or achievement, or an outstanding example of something.

Do miracles occur? Are they just divine interventions from God? Can you go through life not experiencing any miracles? Or do we just not see the miracles around us?

There was a time that I didn’t believe in miracles. When I had lost faith and couldn’t understand why God would allow certain events to happen to my family.

Rewind back to 1996 when my dad was involved in a fight with his farm neighbor that resulted in this neighbor’s death. I was a freshman in high school at the time. I remember being in total shock about what was happening. My dad was being charged with murder. How could this happen? I remember going to school only to hear more gossip. “So, I hear your dad is a murderer?” That was a great way to start my day in science class. Part of me wanted to die or at least punch this kid in his face. I was not on trial but it sure seemed like it.

I remember the trial like it was yesterday. I remember sitting in the courtroom listening to the judge’s verdict: GUILTY! I remember reading the newspaper portraying my dad as a monster. I remember the sentencing. I wrote this huge letter to the judge begging for forgiveness and a lesser sentence. It didn’t work. He was sentenced to 10 years for manslaughter. I remember the day he went into the prison. Watching him walk into a facility to live behind bars for the next 10 years.

I remember feeling hopeless. I fell into a deep depression over the summer not wanting to get out of bed or see my friends. I saw my family struggle to come to terms with what had happened. I gained 30 pounds, which does not make you the most attractive gal in high school. I just didn’t give a shit about anything. So these miracles-where were they? They were not there to help my family or my dad? God was not with me or by my side. Or so I thought.

The truth is that miracles were all around me…. I just didn’t see them. I was blinded by my pain, anger, and sadness.

The miracles were my amazing friends who forced me to get out of bed and enjoy life and who loved me for me with no judgment.

The miracles were my swim team members and my coaches who became a second family to me when mine was falling apart. And the throwing squad and coaches of the track team for all the support.

The miracles were my coworkers at the pool who constantly made me laugh and smile.

The miracles were my teachers in high school, who pushed me to continue to challenge myself and grow as a person.

The miracle was my family that supported each other through the good times and bad.

The miracles were my grandparents who never gave up on my dad; they put a lot of their resources to fighting for an appeal for him. And to the new lawyers that got my dad a second trial and who highlighted the evidence that the underlying cause of death was a cardiac event that occurred during the fight.

And finally to GOD who after an eight-month prison term, gave my dad and my family a second chance. My dad was found NOT GUILTY at the second trial.

So you see, so many miracles around me; it was just that I didn’t see all the blessings. The true miracles were my friends, my teachers, my co-workers, and my teammates-the people who inspired me to see the good in myself, in each other, and in the world. And to a God who was right there by my side the whole time even when I had lost my faith.

My whole life has been filled with so many blessings and miracles. Even during some of the most difficult times in my life when I became filled with unhappiness, sadness, fear, frustration and anger, I can look back now and see the miracles and the blessings in disguise. God continues to show me what is possible in this world and he continues to put certain people in my path just to put me in awe of his glory. Miracles are always there whether I see them or not.

Today I challenge you to look around at all the miracles and blessings in your life. Albert Einstein once said the following: “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is as miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” The big question is how do you want to live your life?


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