Since my second retirement, I’d become addicted to daytime television. Not the trashy, mindless, dribble (though I believe you have to keep it ALL in balance – see an earlier post confession – Television 8, Prayer 1), but rather I try to watch what I believe will teach, help, inspire and grow. Such is my justification for my near addiction to the daytime television show, The Doctors.
Daily I am amazed by the miracles of life – not of the individual doctors, though I am in awe of the knowledge, skills and wisdom that God has imparted to them. But it is the miracle of the human body that most astonishes. If we would stop and consider, likely we witness millions of miracles on a daily basis. Just think about the miracle of conception – a sperm and an egg uniting then dividing to become a human being. Think about the miracle of birth. I once heard a neurologist share a presentation on all the ways and all the junctures at which “something” could go wrong from conception to birth. He said it was a miracle that anyone was born alive much less born with a whole and healthy body and mind.
Burn yourself and watch the body heal. I’ve been very cooking challenged lately and bear the scars of burns to prove it. A seemingly small and innocent burn on my hand blistered, festered, oozed and ached. But after a few weeks, it has healed – smooth to the touch and pain free. Though discoloration remains that, too, is fading with each passing day. Break a bone, cut a gash, stretch a tendon. The body has a whole unique system for dispatching white cells, regenerating red cells and doing tons of other things that I couldn’t begin to understand much less explain.
How about surgery? I’ve had a few different procedures. Imagine someone cutting you – not just a nick at the surface but deeply through layers and layers of skin and tissue then playing around with some of your organs, cutting things away, “lasering” and “lanceting” and cauterizing things and then STAPLING (who thought that up?!) you back together perhaps adding a few needle and thread stitches along the way. And after all that you’d think you’d have to lie in bed not just for days or weeks, but months, possibly years! But if you’ve had surgery, you know they get you up and out of bed walking – sometimes within hours of your procedure. If that’s not a miracle – what is?!!!!
Surgery or no surgery, that your heart beats, that your eyes see, that your ears hear, that your brain interprets the sights and sounds, that you walk, that you think, that you speak – those are miracles!
Today I watched a new version of The Ten Commandments – not the Charlton Heston version that I grew up watching, but a much less Hollywood version. I happened to flip the channel just at the point when the newly fleed from Egypt Israelites were complaining about not having enough food to eat. Grumbling, they actually said they might as well have stayed in Egypt and died (Numbers 14:2 NIV). In Egypt they declared, they sat around pots of meat and ate all the food they wanted (Exodus 16:3 NIV). And when God GAVE them manna, they detested it and called it miserable (Numbers 21:5 NIV). At this point in the movie, I had very unholy thoughts. I actually telephoned my sister to tell her about the movie and my thoughts declaring that I would have told the Israelites to just take their little ungrateful, manna detesting hips back to Egypt then. That’s why I’m not Moses! (I have since repented.)
There are miracles all around us all the time! Yet, we find so much to complain about. God evidenced great patience with the Israelites, and thankfully, He does with us as well (me included).
THIS WEEK as many of us celebrate the Easter season, pause and reflect on the million miracles that God performs daily in our lives including the gifts of grace, mercy and salvation and the “Egypts” He has delivered you from. Repent of your grumblings, and recommit your life to His service. If you do not currently have a personal relationship with Christ, there is no better time. Please click the SALVATION tab above to learn how you can invite Jesus into your life as your Savior and witness firsthand the miracle of Salvation.