What are miracles?
**Trigger Warning: Reference to Family Illness Journey**
For those of you who know me, have taken classes with me or have had a 1:1 session, you’ll have noticed that I like to ponder things. My definition of pondering is where a thought drops in that causes me to pause–a thought that catches my attention. And then I will make space for that thought or concept to unfold organically—with a lot of help from Spirit, usually. The most recent concept to catch my attention:
What are miracles?
I’ve been pondering this question for a while now, since my dad discovered he was ill and it became more magnified once we discovered my husband’s brain cancer. I think that’s because so many people say, “I’m praying for a miracle.” And I love that people are praying for that. But it got me thinking about the concept or the idea of miracles. Like–what are they? What counts as one?
This line of questioning sort of came to a head when I grabbed the newest version of Kyle Gray’s Raise Your Vibration. He writes about the idea that we need “to stop seeing some things as more miraculous than others.” That got me really curious. Had I been thinking that the only miracles that were miracles were the really miracle-y ones? (I hope that makes sense 🤣) I guess what I mean is–had I been too focused on what I thought was a miracle, that I was actually missing other miracles.
I decided to play with this idea and look back on the last year with the question, “What miracles did I miss seeing?” And I was so surprised at what came up.
The first one I saw was the fact that we discovered my husband’s cancer at all. He had no symptoms. He passed out on a run and by some miracle, they did an MRI to make sure he hadn’t hit his head–and that’s when they found it. Miracle #1.
Miracle #2: The pressure of the tumor had made him pass out. The miracle was that he was running. He wasn’t driving; he wasn’t flying (he’s a pilot). He was running and on a bike path near houses and away from the road.
Miracle #3: Someone saw him and called 911 right away.
Miracle #4: The ambulance offered to just bring him home, thinking it was heat stroke, but a voice in my head said take him to the ER and I listened and pushed for that.
Miracle #5: After being diagnosed in the local area, a close family member suggested we go to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and helped us to get in to see the doctors there, within 1 week of being diagnosed.
Miracle #6: He had brain surgery with one of the best surgeons in the country and oncology treatment with one of the best neuro-oncologists in the country.
Miracle #7: Friends and work friends wouldn’t give up on helping us. They contacted a foundation that was able to get us housing next to the hospital for the 3 months we were in Boston. I was too tired to follow up, so they did and then made me call to get it set up.
Miracle #8: My husband was approved for compassionate care use of a drug that may make a huge difference in how long he is with us–and insurance covered this massively expensive drug in full (which they rarely do).
The list goes on… but all of these miracles happened in less than two weeks time! I mean think about it: a situation, that no one would consider a miracle, contained so many. So when people tell me they are praying for a miracle, I think to myself, “They are actively unfolding every day.”
It’s a miracle that life happened on Earth. I mean just look at a butterfly or a flower and tell me you aren’t wowed.
It’s a miracle that you and I have found each other through a shared love of spiritual exploration. I am grateful for that.
It’s a miracle every day I wake up and I get to love all over again.
Also, it’s a miracle that, when we die, we get to continue to live on.
Bonus miracle: That someone figured out chocolate was a thing and I get to eat it now and again. (My daughter just said cheese is a miracle, too!🤣)
Miracles don’t have to be big. One miracle isn't better than another. I challenge you to look back over the last week, month, year and see if you can find any “unseen miracles” in your life. Make a list.
There is a transformation that happens when you realize that miracles are not only a thing, but that they happen to you too.