April 03, 2017

Waiting on a Miracle or Two by Steph Beth Nickel

A child who has walked away from the faith.

A habit that won't let go.

An illness that has worn you down.

Broken promises. Broken dreams. Broken hearts.

We're all in need of a miracle--or two.

And the only reason we can hold out hope is because of the miracles that took place over 2,000 years ago.

If Jesus hadn't lived, died, and risen again, any hope of supernatural intervention would be nothing more than wishful thinking.

But because Jesus conquered sin, death, and hell, I can pray for my wayward child. I can draw on His strength to identify and overcome any destructive behaviour. I can call out to Him on behalf of friends and family members with chronic--even terminal--health concerns.

How can I be sure that God still intervenes in the lives of men, women, boys, and girls?

I have witnessed Him at work in my own life. Although others may not cal them miracles,

Because of a long list of "coincidences," God caused my path to cross my husband's coming up on 40 years ago. We've been married almost 35 years and Dave's love and patience over all these years is clear evidence that God has been at work.

And speaking of so-called coincidences, I have gotten more than one job because of circumstances only God Himself could orchestrate.

I faced a dark time when my dad passed away. My faith was tried and tested. It seemed everything came crashing down, but I landed firmly on the Rock. Even when the storms rage, He is well able to hold us close.

To this day, I am periodically plagued by the thought "but I don't wanna." In 21st century lingo, when I don't want to "adult" on any given day, the Lord gives me the wherewithal to press on.

And currently, God is bringing about transformation within me because I'm participating in a decluttering challenge. (It doesn't sound very spiritual. Does it?) You can read about it on Janet Sketchley's blog.

All these situations and relationships are directly thanks to what Jesus accomplished for me on Calvary and what He continues to accomplish in my life to this day.

So when I'm heavy hearted and tempted to give up, I will remember the miracles of Easter. I will also remember how the Lord has intervened in my life over the years.

I will continue to call on Him on behalf of those who need a miracle today.

And whether I see the miracles I'm waiting on or not, I can lean on Hebrews 11:1, which says, " Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen" (ESV).

What miracle are you waiting on?


  1. Wonderful post, Steph. (And decluttering sounds like a wonderful challenge for spring!)

  2. I, too, have seen so many interventions by God in my life- I know that He is there, and that He cares for each of us. But when the weight of life holds me down, I have to remind myself of those miracles, and the truth that God is working in this world. Thank you for this honest post- real and encouraging. :)

  3. I too believe that many of these wonderful coincidences that happen in our lives are more than serendipity. As Alfred Tennyson said, "More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of." As well as acknowledging God's interventions in our own lives, we will be blessed and we can bless others by offering intercessory prayers for them.

    I like your comment, "I will continue to call on Him on behalf of those who need a miracle today." When does a day pass when we ourselves or someone near us is not in need of a miracle. God is good.

  4. Yes, Steph, it's truly wonderful to have a Lord that we can call on and count on to intervene in our lives during the dark and stormy times and even work a miracle or two when needed. "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes" (Mark 9:23 NKJV).


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