Ok, so it isn’t Sunday. This author is very sorry. However, this author felt moved to share something. Have you ever wondered why miracles don’t seem to happen anymore? Or perhaps you feel as though they just don’t happen to you personally. Do you find yourself waiting for an angel to fly down and give you some amazing news? Well, it’s not that that can’t happen, but let’s face it; angels don’t knock on doors very often. At least not the kind with wings.
But, miracles are all around us. Often we are not aware of the miracles, or we are not aware that what occurred was in fact a miracle. However, miracles happen to us quite often. Today, my mother-in-law received a miracle bottle of ketchup. So, I’m sure that now you are confused. Let me explain.
About a month ago, I bought a huge bottle of ketchup on sale. I was set for ketchup for quite some time. About two days later, my children’s grandmother sent them home with coupons–one for a free jar of peanut butter, the other for a free tomato product. Later, I did more shopping and forgot all about the coupons.
Several days later, by chance, I happened to be at a certain Omaha grocery store with a friend who needed to pick up a few things. Being bored, I remembered I had some coupons I hadn’t filled and decided to do that while I was there. I fished out the coupons and found that the peanut butter coupon had expired. The other coupon gave a choice between tomato sauce, spaghetti sauce, and ketchup; none of which I needed. Based on the price of the three items, I determined that I would save the most by using the coupon for ketchup. So, even though I had a very large bottle of ketchup at home, I filled the coupon.
This morning, my mother-in-law called. She is on a fixed income and is low on funds for the month, and ran out of ketchup. Well, I’m sure you all know what happened next! I gave her a bottle of ketchup. Not just any bottle–a miracle bottle. For some reason, God knew–and cared–that my mother-in-law was going to run out of ketchup two months before she actually did. So, He gave me an abundance of ketchup and through me, God hooked her up! I was the angel at the door, bearing an amazing bottle of ketchup!
Shall I retrieve the miracle ketchup and post a photo on e-bay to sell the ketchup for $150 dollars? No, of course not. The point is not really the ketchup. It is the fact that we need to see how our Father provides for us. Perhaps we cannot walk on water, but we are given much. Our Father knows our needs and desires long before we have them and He provides.
The Bible says, in Matthew 6:26-27, “Look at the birds in the sky. They do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you more valuable than they are? And which of you by worrying can add even one hour to his life?” Indeed, we ultimately cannot care for ourselves without God’s help.
Who put it into man’s mind to invent a computer? Who led you to the local Omaha computer company that recently hired you? So, when you take your pay to the store to purchase food, who is really providing your food? In verse 33, it continues on to say that we should, “above all pursue His kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Therefore, concern yourself foremost with your spiritual diet, and the Lord will see to it that your other needs will be met.
There may be times when we feel we have been forsaken and the world is coming down around us, but this is not always a sign of abandonment. Perhaps we have fallen away from God, that’s true, but often the struggles of life are meant to educate us. As was mentioned, He knows our needs before we have them. Perhaps one day we will need to know how to survive without sufficient income. God will send a lesson so that, when the time comes, we will be prepared.
One can usually not discern, at least not immediately, what the purpose is behind the various things that occur. However, I’m sure each of us has had an occasion where some little oddity occurs; perhaps we are about to leave the house and the phone rings. The delay causes us to catch part of the news and we hear the name of an old friend who is in a particular hospital. Some call these things coincidences. As Christians, we ought to know that these things are miracles.
Everything God does is a miracle. He is all-powerful and His abilities are beyond our understanding. We likely will not see huge miracles as in the Bible happening here in little, old Omaha. Times have changed. Further, those miracles were meant to show God’s power to unbelievers and testify that Jesus is God. Such things are no longer necessary. So, do not look for angels dancing on your lawn, instead look for the yard sale with a dryer for $15 when yours just went out and that’s exactly what you have to spare!