Everyday Miracles Aren’t That Everyday…
To me, life itself is a miracle that should not be taken lightly, and we need to be ever grateful for the incredible gift of life and of “new” life in Christ. And there are other miracles which happen that we need to recognize as just that: A Miracle! Today, I want to share one of them with you. A little over a week ago I received a call that one of our former students was in intensive care. She had left Teen Challenge mid program to “get on with her life”-nothing really negative. Unfortunately she found herself quickly entangled back in the nightmarish web of the addiction lifestyle. It wasn’t long before she was basically homeless; “slamming” dope, and desperate. Her reason for being in the hospital: an overdose on prescription drugs and heroine.
When I went to see her in the intensive care unit she was on a vent; she had minimal brain activity and her prognosis was poor- so poor, they were looking at having to make some very heavy decisions. I held her hand and prayed. I went back to the center and asked everyone to pray. We asked others to pray. I went back daily for several days, and on the third day, while I was there she opened her eyes and mouthed the words, “pray”. I told her I would. She mouthed, “NOW!” We prayed… Today, I went to the hospital… She is no longer in ICU. She is alert. She knows everyone and is very responsive. She can’t talk yet due to the trache in her throat, but she has no problem communicating in other ways. To God be ALL the glory!
Yes, she is receiving good care at the hospital. Yes, she is young and stands a better chance than someone who has a lot of miles on them. But, to me, the reason she is improving; the reason I know she will be completely healed is because of the mighty, all powerful God we serve! He is the Great Physician, and He is still in the healing business today.
It is so easy to overlook the fact that each and every day we serve a God who looks after us; who has our best interests at heart; who performs miracles for us that we often shake off as “good fortune”. Well, who gave us the good fortune? Who put the right doctor in our path to give us just the right care we needed? Who gave us bodies that have the ability to heal themselves in so many ways? Who? I’ll remind us who… It is the same God who sent His son to die for us that we might be healed from sin that would have sent us to certain eternal death! It is the same God who sees every tear and who knows the very number of hairs on our head! It is the same God who not only created us, but made each of us trophies of His amazing grace!
My little friend will have choices to make when she is released. Will she allow God to change her life? Will she go back to the old way of life? Only God knows… And like my little friend, we too, have choices to make. Will we surrender to God completely? Will we be those who reach out to others, sharing His love to all those He puts in our paths? The choice is ours. I don’t know about you, but I want my cry to be: “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” #godstillperformsmiracles