When you see a brand new baby, don’t you just see a miracle just been made? Those tiny fingers, the little ears and tongue, all fully working, and those cute eyes, absorbing everything in range. And we only get to see a minute fraction of the wonder – so much more is going on inside that new child, all working without the baby having to be taught how to make its heart beat, or digestive system work. And the more you know about human biology, the more amazing it all is. Yet folk will tell you they don’t believe in miracles! I know, sadly, there are things that can go wrong, but by and large we are ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’ (Psalm 139). Knowing the intricacies of the human body, it is truly a miracle that it ever all works!
God knew that Pharaoh would be expecting to see a miracle (Exodus 7:8-13) and had our boys Moses and Aaron ready with one they’d prepared earlier. It was to turn the staff into a snake. Pharaoh’s response? “That’s not a miracle – it happens all the time!” So he got all his guys to do the same thing.
And isn’t that just how folk today react? Our world is full of miracles. Our very survival is miraculous. Every documentary I see about our planet reinforces it. But just like Pharaoh, if you don’t want to see it, you just won’t. My physics teacher wasn’t specifically a Christian, but he said the one thing that convinced him that there must be a God, was that just about all substances contract as they cool, with one stark exception. Water. Between 0º and -4ºC it expands. If not, ice would sink and the earth would be flooded; oceans would freeze and fish could not survive. But who looks at ice floating in their coke and thinks, “MIRACLE”?
Let’s look around and see, really see, the miracles that surround us. Let’s get excited about all God does every minute of every day, how he holds this world together, how you and I function. Maybe as we begin to live in the miraculous, some of it will rub off on those around us. Of course there will be those that, like Pharaoh, can refuse to see God at work even when the sticks turn to snakes. But even if we never persuade one other person, how much more will we enjoy life living in the super-super-natural.