*This is part of the A to Z challenge for April.
What is a miracle?
When thinking about what a miracle really is, I was reminded of a job interview I had once. The interviewer asked, “What is your greatest accomplishment,” and then she sort of slumped and added in a non-pleasant way, “and don’t say having a baby.”
I was thrown off a little, but still quick thinking, so I responded, “graduating from college.” I got the job.
Having a baby might not be a great accomplishment to everyone, but for those who have trouble conceiving or carrying a baby full term and delivering a healthy, living child, it is not only an accomplishment, it is a miracle.
When we learned about ancient miracles, they were always things like thousands of people eating with only a fish and a loaf of bread. A bush was on fire, yet didn’t burn. A sea parted just long enough for the people to flee, and then the waters returned to drown the enemy. A flood killed everyone except those who were safely in an arc.
All those things seem miraculous, yet we, being skeptic humans, tend to let go of our faith and seek to explain the events logically and scientifically. We consider ourselves superior to our ancestors because we know so much more. We tend to let go of faith and rely on our science and ourselves.
Is this why we no longer see miracles, or do we see miracles and feel embarrassed to admit it because it is not considered social norm?
I love to watch the shows that scientifically explain the ancient miracles. For instance, every history tells of a great flood, but they probably did not happen at the same time, and their whole world was not the whole world.
These shows fascinate me, but I am often left wondering why we feel it necessary to explain away all the miracles. If someone is told he or she will be paralyzed for the rest of his or her lives and then they walk, is it not a miracle? Just because you could find scientific reasons for their walking and attribute it to physical therapy and determination doesn’t mean it wasn’t a miracle.
What do you think is a miracle? Have you ever experienced one?