Don’t you just love the word miracle?
Just the sound of it seems to stir the soul. Ears tend to listen intently when it’s mentioned. In the headlines, “miracle” is definitely an attention getter, and with good reason.
According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, the word miracle means: An extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs: an extremely outstanding or unusual event, thing, or accomplishment.
Personally, I believe in miracles. Not only do I see one in my Little Bit, I’ve had the tremendous opportunity of seeing them on many occasions. In fact, in the past few weeks, I saw several miracles transpire.
A friend’s family just went through a life threatening health issue. It was beyond serious, and at moments it was downright scary. The technology of Facebook allowed her to stay connected to her support system. She would post updates, photos, and prayer requests. It seemed like the more open she was, the more her “friend list” grew.
The absolute beauty in that alone, is noteworthy. I mean, at a time her family needed prayers the most, people appeared.
For quite a few days, things seemed pretty desperate. It was in those moments that I saw the most remarkable things!
For example, her urgently needed prayer requests frequently came in the middle of the night. I had my phone by my bed and woke up every few hours to check her Facebook page for specific prayer requests and then comment to her that I was praying. Amazingly, so did countless others!
All these folks that would normally be sleeping the night away, were checking in, too. It was like we had each other’s backs. I knew if I overslept, someone would be awake and catch her request.
Here’s the thing, of all of the people that were commenting at those hours, I didn’t know any of them. Not a single one! I didn’t recognize any of those names!
It was on one of those Facebook posts that I mention in my blog’s “About” section, that the words “unity unmeasured” fell off my keyboard. I was replying to a comment when it dawned on me the miracle of people uniting for a common cause. What a glorious gift!
Her prayer requests reached many. People shared them on their Facebook pages, with their friends, and in their churches. This is a total guess on my part, so don’t quote me here, but I’d say about two thousand people were praying for her family, give or take some.
One afternoon just as we were about to walk into our local grocery store, I received an update of good news! After a rough couple of days, her family member was doing better! While at the checkout, I told two store employees about what was going on, the good news, and that like two thousand people were praying for them. The response?
“Two thousand and two”.
Unity unmeasured, friends.
This story has a happy ending. Not only did her family member pull through, they are home from the hospital and doing well.
Miracles…. they are around every corner, if we are open to seeing them. I feel so lucky that this time, I was looking.