As I sit looking out of the window at the light rain falling, I am so grateful. The lawn had started to turn brown, and it crunched underfoot as I walked on it. I had been asking for rain for a while, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. By all reports, this weekend we are due for a good soaking.
What better way to spend a drizzly day, than to remember all of the miracles that happen every day, which we usually take for granted?
Although I had an open mind about God in my teenage years, it was not until I studied Grade 12 Biology at night school, that I became more convinced of his existence.
I know that science has been used to attempt to prove the non-existence of God, but for me, it was learning about the interconnection of all of life on Earth which proved the existence of a Creator. I found it impossible to imagine that all of these interconnections could have developed by pure chance.
Have you ever stopped to consider the small miracles of everyday life?
The green plants breathe in the carbon-dioxide which we breathe out. Using chlorophyll, they convert the energy of the sun into stored energy, which we animals ingest to give us energy. They help to recycle our water supply by taking up the water from the ground through their roots and transpiring it out of their leaves, where it evaporates back into the atmosphere.
Even the humblest of creatures on the planet has a role to play in this great biosphere we call Earth. From the predator animals who help to balance prey species populations, down to the earth worm which helps to aerate the soil, each creature has a vital role to play. Even the humble cockroach contributes to the well-being of the whole by helping to break down waste products into nutrients usable by plants.
Humans also have the potential to contribute to the well-being of the biosphere if we always consider the consequences of our actions, and always use love as a guide.
It is not only on the macro level where the miracles of life occur, but on the micro level as well. Every cell in our bodies has within it all of the intelligence it requires to maintain itself. This intelligence allows a child to grow from an embryo in its mother’s womb into a thriving adult as part of this biosphere of Earth.
Have you ever considered all of the mechanisms which happen within our bodies automatically? The respiratory system, lymph system, circulatory system, nervous system, digestion system, and every other system in our bodies work together to keep these miracles of life functioning without us giving them a second thought.
The wonderful thing is that you don’t even have to believe in God, to experience his miracles. God has given the miracle of life to everyone, regardless of whether or not we believe in him.
Once we start to notice and acknowledge the miracles which surround us every day, we can begin to imagine that other miracles may be possible as well. If the miracle of life comes to us without us even having to understand how it works, might there not be other miracles available for us also?
Once we start to acknowledge life as a miracle, more and more miracles start coming our way. The same intelligent force of nature which keeps our bodies and our biosphere running, is available to provide us with all of our desires.
What the skeptics call coincidences, the believer calls synchronicity: the alighting passenger who stops to talk to the bus driver on the day that you are running late to catch it; the frequent flyer points which come through just in time to book that holiday; that person you meet, who knows someone, who knows someone, who can help you with your career…; the instances are endless.
If you think about it, you can understand that that intelligent force of nature is just doing in those instances as it does within our bodies and the biosphere – it is sustaining our lives.
This is what is meant by “letting go, and letting God”. It is allowing this intelligent force of nature to sustain our lives just as it does with our bodies and our biosphere.
This doesn’t mean that we don’t need to do anything for ourselves. That passenger might hold up the bus, but we still have to run to catch it. We still have to be the ones to book and take that holiday, and there is no point being introduced to someone who can help us with our career if we don’t then make that call, or ask that question when the opportunity arises. God opens the door for you, but it is you who have to step through.
Once we begin to notice the miracles in all aspects of our lives, we begin to expect them. This is the essence of faith. And remember that with the faith of a mustard seed we can move mountains.
As we begin to see those mountains move, our faith grows. As we show gratitude for all of these miracles, we are attracting more of them.
Finally, we have the courage to say: “God, thy will be done.”
We no longer fear that somehow our desires will not be met. We can understand that God’s will and our wills merge when we focus on love and the good of the whole. We find that we are working for God and God is working for us, and in the process we find joy, harmony, peace and love.
It all starts with noticing and appreciating the miracles of life.
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