December 19, 2012

Christmas Miracle

There once a time when every child believes in one thing called miracle. It was a time when they believe in magical creatures as the fairy tales told them. A princess being awaken by a kiss by her true love, magical carpet flies and takes you to anywhere, gifts from Santa Clause each year, and other kinds of impossibilities turn to possible in their imaginations. It was a time when a child believes they can do anything, be anyone whom they want to be. No hesitation in answering what they want with eyes full of wonder and belief that they will receive it. Yet as time goes by, as children turn to adults, miracle almost sound like an alien to them. It is getting hard to believe what they do not see moreover what most people think as impossible. 

What is a miracle actually? It is more than simply the impossible turn to be possible. It is the supernatural intervention of God in crisis of life. We know that it is so natural to feel devastated in the midst of life's problems. It is natural to think how big our problem is and wonder how would we overcome it. But miracle does not happen when we merely use our physical eyes and our measurement of the problem's size. It always begins with courage to open our spiritual eyes and dare to believe on what God can do with our problems. Miracle can only occurs when a seed of faith that God can do all the impossible is being planted deeply in our hearts.

"For nothing is impossible with God." -Luke 1:37

God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow (Hebrews 13:8). He is still the God who opened Sarah's womb so that she conceived and gave birth to Isaac on 90 years of age (Genesis 21:2). He is the God who opened the Red Sea and let Israelites crossed it (Exodus 14:21-22). He is the God who made the sun stand still as Joshua prayed so that Israel would defeat the Amorites on that very day (Joshua 10:12-13). He is the God who made Gideon defeated the Midianites and Amalekites and all the children of east which was so great in their numbers as the sand by the seaside with merely 300 men (Judges 7). He is the God who make virgin Mary conceived and gave birth to Jesus Christ, the Saviour or the world. He is the God who made the blind sees, the lame walks, the deaf hears, the mute speaks, the sick heals, the weak strengthens, the fearful to become courageous. God did so many miracles in the past and He still does miracles every day in our lives. So the question is not whether God is still make miracles or not but rather does He find a heart that believes in miracles and by then allowing Him to accomplish what He is going to do?

"For the eyes of the Lord behold all the earth, and give strength to those who with a perfect trust in him.." - 2 Chronicles 16:9 [Douay-Rheims Bible]

Is there any circumstance that you find it hard to deal with? Bear it with patience, for miracle is on its way. Do you believe it? Sometimes God changes our circumstances immediately, but most of the time he allows some time to build up our faith upon Him. The miracle is not the main thing, but Him. It takes a huge shifting from seeing what we want to occur with whom we meet in the journey, God himself. And our eyes can only see Him behind the scene arranging his beautiful plans as we maintain the light of hope to glow in our hearts. 

Hope is like a glimpse of light in the pit of darkness. Although it is just a tiny light, but it strengthens and gives reason to walk toward it. Living with small light is still much better than having no light at all. Sadly, too many people shut down their light of hope. They get discouraged. They get stuck in their circumstance and even grow bitter. And that is what gives hindrance for miracle to come true. Without any hope that you will harvest someday, you will not sow anything on the ground. And even the rain comes and waters the soil, there won't be anything grow in it for there are no seeds planted. Keep up your light of hope, for we will reap if we do not grow weary.

"Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary." -Galatians 6:9

The difference between our dreams and reality is ... time. We want our dreams and miracle happens right now, but God simply knows the best time for it. Anything that is easy to get will be easy to let go. Things that we wait for quiet a time will always gives us greater satisfaction than things we wait for a second. But again in the end, it's not about the miracle, but the One who makes it. It's all about God. And it may take some time to realise that the greatest miracle in our life is Jesus Christ. It doesn't sound sophisticated nor trendy, but it is true. God's greatest intervention in your life is when He died at the cross for our sins. It is when we are in the crisis of life and having no hope to restore our relationship with God, Jesus came. Meek and unnoticed. A life-changing act who changed us from a notorious sinner to a noble saint. It is all because of him alone. 

So on this Christmas, I reduce all my wish lists. I want to know Jesus for who he really is. And if it takes storms to know how powerful He is to calm it down, then let there be storms in life. If it takes moments of darkness to know that he is light, then let there be darkness in life. If it takes ordinary days to know his simple blessings of life, then let there be gratitude for each day. I run and chase for temporary 'miracle' but I realise that I already have one. I waited for His intervention in my problems, but I realise that He already did 2,000 years ago at the cross. He is still the One who says, "Be still and know that I am your God (Psalms 46:10). I was blind but now I see. I do have problems but now I know that God is in control. Jesus is my miracle and as I grow to become more like Him, then I will be a miracle for someone's life. Isn't that what Christmas is all about? :)

To love means loving the unloveable.
To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable.
Faith means believing the unbelievable.
Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.
-Gilbert K. Chesterton

I wish you all a very blessed Christmas this year :)

Leticia Seviraneta

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