Miracles. We pray for them. Hope for them. Get sceptical about them. Wonder about them.
Christianity in Australia today seems to be quite a personal matter. Most Christians I know (myself included) have a strong faith, who are happy to talk about it but don’t advertise it to all and sundry. Religion seems to be something people don’t really talk about, unless, of course it’s someone with an outspoken opinion for or against it.
So here’s one for my Christian mates. Would you tell your mates at work if God performed a miracle in your life?
Let me tell you about a miracle.
My step-dad came back from a run one afternoon – he runs every day. He said ‘g’day’ to the 12 year old boy next door, who was out in his driveway shooting hoops. My step dad sat down on his chair to cool down. In the meantime, the boy next door’s basketball missed his hoop and came sailing over the fence. Racing over, he saw my step-dad slumped on his chair.
Now you need to know that this boy had done first aid and CPR training just a week before in Junior LifeSavers. Seeing my step-dad convulsing, he raced over and checked for snakebites. After not seeing anything, he realised that he was having a heart attack. He called for help and commenced CPR immediately.
The ambulance was called, my step-dad was revived and spent the next few days in an induced coma in hospital.
The doctor revealed to us that around 98% of ‘out-of-hospital’ heart attacks don’t survive. Of those that do survive, many are brain dead.
He was taken out of his coma, as the Dr’s needed to see what type of damage was done to his brain.
Within days, he was alert, talking, regaining movement. Shortly after that, he had full movement, function and brain activity. Within a few short months he was back at work full time.
You can’t put that down to a co-incidence. You can’t say it was a co-incidence that the boy next door had only recently done CPR training. You can’t say it was co-incidence that his ball flew over the fence at exactly the right time. You can’t say it was co-incidence that my mum was home at the right time to call the ambulance. You can’t call it co-incidence or luck that he came out of having a massive heart attack (his artery had a 99% blockage).
It was a miracle. All the glory needs to go to the Lord. It can’t be played down as some string of cosmic co-incidences.
So to my Christian friends – I know you all pray for miracles. Would you tell your friends at work if the Lord did a miracle in your life, or would you keep it to yourself?