We are easily overwhelmed when bad news bombards us. In the past week, I have been deliberately taking note of people around me who are alive and well after having faced some severe threats to their health or their very lives. I’ll itemize a few of these walking miracles. See if you can identify similar ones around you.
· A little girl in Grade 2 smiling and doing her school work. She spent the first year of her life in a hospital after surviving a severe infection of her digestive system.
· Two men in my church, who are active, one serving as an usher and the other singing with a praise team. Years ago both of them (on separate occasions) fell from ladders and were severely injured. While they still have lingering pain, they can walk.
· My father and mother present for my daughters on Grandparent’s Day at their school. My father was walking unaided when a few short years ago he needed a walker and experienced extreme pain.
· A senior gentleman in my small group took a trip to the East Coast. Just one year prior to this he nearly died from a severe infection.
· A healthy teenager enjoying his food night after night at our dinner table. During delivery his umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck. Due to quick action on the part of the obstetrician, he was born healthy and well.
· A sister-in-law who is always so thoughtful with birthday cards and phone calls. When lightning struck the family home when she was younger and exploded the walls in her bedroom, she was elsewhere and therefore unharmed.
· A young man picks up his daughter from the nursery after church. During his youth he struggled with an addiction. By God’s grace he has a new life.
· A pastor preaching from the pulpit with love and conviction. Once he had been driving a vehicle that burst into flames, but he was able to get out safely and lives to tell about it.
I could go on with many more. Sometimes we don’t know the story behind those we meet, but I would venture to say that most of them have something in their history that would qualify them as walking miracles. May God give us the grace to see them that way.