At a recent youth gathering, the topic of miracles came up, and the definition used in the discussion struck me. An essential element of a miracle is that it is a sign from God to increase faith.
When I think of miracles, I often think of major healings from suffering. A cure for an illness. A healing of sin. A lifting of darkness. Even though I’ve prayed for miracles of that nature, I have not received them.
But this definition caused me to pause. If a miracle is a sign from God given to increase faith, perhaps I am missing all of the small miracles God gives me each day that do just that.
The consoling word of a friend. A passage of Scripture that answers one of my questions. Guidance and wisdom to navigate a problem. Feeling the presence of God. A song that speaks to my heart. An interaction with another where I know God is present and working. A burst of joy or hope.
These are all things that increase my faith and draw me to God. Small miracles. Everyday.
I have never needed a big miracle to grow my faith in God. And maybe that’s why I’ve never received it. Because the small miracles each day do their work and incrementally increase my faith. Almost without noticing.
Maybe we’re too focused on the big miracles we want and missing the miracles right here in our midst that are increasing our faith and drawing us closer to God.
Let's start noticing those and the ways God is moving in our life each day.