I recently read Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorenson. The story is about a girl named Marly whose family went to live in her great-grandmother’s house in the country. Marly’s mother said that as a child she thought miracles happened on Maple Hill. Marly began looking for miracles. She saw many of them beginning by finding their neighbour Mr. Chris before her brother found him. Some of the other miracles that she saw were finding the first flower of spring; being able to go to school in the country; seeing the garden grow; watching her father recover his strength and interest in life.
It would be easy to call these “miracles” coincidences or chance or just ordinary events. Seeing miracles from Marly’s point of view is one of the lovely things about this book. It reminded me of something Jesus said about children: “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3-4). The innocence of a child makes looking for miracles easier for them than for adults. The definition of miracles that I like to use is “something that only God can do.” This definition requires recognizing that God is supreme over all things that happen on earth and controls them. If we keep that thought in mind, we should be able to see the miracles around us and be able to rejoice in the goodness of God.
So look for miracles around you like:
*the first flower of spring
*the birth of a child
*peace during times of stress
*words of comfort or guidance from God’s Word
*a helpful friend
*being able to refrain from anger
*provision for daily food
*the beauty of having lessons learned from the Bible being repeated throughout the day in different ways by different people
*the rising of the sun according to its schedule
Come and see the works of God,
Who is awesome in His deeds toward the sons of men.
The upright see it and are glad;
But all unrighteousness shuts its mouth.
Who is wise? Let him give heed to these things,
And consider the lovingkindnesses of the Lord.
The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.