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What is This Thing Called "Miracle?"
What is a Miracle?
According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a miracle is "an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs" or "an extremely outstanding or unusual event, thing, or accomplishment." Many may think that a miracle is merely a coincidence, a shocking, yet completely unexplainable result to an event. But I promise, this is something way more than some may think.
Kris Samons, a former research associate and resident editor of Probe Ministries says that in the New Testament of the Bible, the word, "miracle," can often be replaced with the word, "sign." Does this mean that God is trying to tell us something through these marvelous acts? This is a wonderful explanation and I'd definitely love to think so, but I need to make this article a little more personal.
It is absolutely no question that a miracle is an act of God. By definition, it is. Also, a miracle is defined by what happens to someone in their personal life. One person may say that getting to work after having to drive on a major, car-filled, highway is a miracle. Another may say that a miracle is their son, after having cancer for his whole life, being miraculously cured by nothing explainable. Both of these situations may be miracles to the person that lived through them, but maybe to another, they wouldn't be. Therefore, a definition can only be defined as an act by God, an act that is personally liberating in their situation.
I cannot remember any personal miracles from my childhood, but just the other day, one hit me straight across the face. I was home alone, sitting quietly at the kitchen table, unsure of how to occupy my time. I was bored, trying to think of something to do. Finally, I decide to play a CD by a Christian preacher that I love and then spend some time with God.
Recently, I have applied at nearly 25 different places, trying to get a job, but no one has called me back. I've been nervous that I'm never going to get a job or that no one wants me to work for them because of my age, (I am only 16). But after I sat with God and prayed and spent some time flipping through my Bible, I decided to check my phone one more time. I had a message from the manager of one of the places that I had applied at. She wanted to talk to me and interview me the next day at 9am. This was amazing. I got on Facebook right away and posted about this "miracle," because that's what it was, wasn't it? It had to be. The adrenaline and wonder I felt after I realized that I had gotten a call forced me to believe that this was an act of God.
Before I finish this Hub with some sort of result, I must tell you that I cannot bring forth any type of scientific evidence that a miracle is a work of God or that a miracle is even what it is defined as. I may be wonderfully convincing or maybe not, but either way, I cannot support what I say with any physical diagrams, charts, or written facts proven through scientific evaluation or debate. I am writing this to almost prove something to myself, to tell other people that there is a God out there and that he is sending signs to millions of people every hour of every day. He wants to be a part of everyone's lives and whether a person likes it or not, He is.
You, the reader, can either close this page and move on to some other story or written work on this site, or you could try to understand or even agree with me about this. There are miracles in your life, right? Can you explain them? No? Neither can I, but I know that miracles happen every day and I know you do, too. Is it so unrealistic to believe that this scientifically unexplained thing called a "miracle," is a work of something superhuman? I don't think so, but you decide. You were the one who read my work. I'll let you take it from here.
- "What is a Biblical Definition of Miracle?"-Probe Ministries
Probe answers the email question, 'What is a Biblical Definition of Miracle?'