What’s your favorite miracle in the Bible? There are some great ones, aren’t there? Consider Daniel in the lion’s den, the fall of the walls of Jericho, Jesus walking on the water, multiplying the loaves and fishes, raising Lazarus from the dead, Peter and John healing the cripple at the Gate Beautiful – the list goes on and on. You know, it isn’t hard for God to do miracles. None of this stuff even begins to break a sweat on God’s brow. To the One who spoke the worlds into being and set up all the laws of physics, chemistry, etcetera, etcetera, miracles are a minor detail.
Want to know what’s hard? Changing a heart. God made a choice to give us free will and not violate it. That puts him in the position of limiting himself in our lives to what we will allow; what we will choose. So if we choose to thumb our nose at him or disbelieve that he even exists or harden our hearts against his love, he honors that.
He keeps on nudging us. He works in the unseen places of our soul to woo us to accept his love. He follows us down every blind and dead end path we take ready to show us the way that leads to life. He places people in our lives that help us feel his touch. He leaves no stone unturned in pursuing us. Without violating our free will, he makes his unconditional love irresistible.
The most remarkable miracles I know of are the testimonies of people who have had a deep change of heart. The son of Madelyn Murray O’Hair who helped take prayer out of the schools had a deep change of heart. Norma McCorvey, who brought Roe v. Wade to the Supreme Court to legalize abortion, had a deep change of heart. Charles Colson, the arrogant Nixon staffer who served prison time for his part in Watergate had a deep heart change. These are a tiny few of the famous ones but there are millions and millions of nameless others down through the centuries.
My very favorite miracle is my own changed heart. I treasure this miracle above all others. You may feel the same way about yours. If you haven’t had your miracle yet, I can tell you that God is standing by ready to perform it as soon as you are ready. Just ask!
“Do not let kindness and truth leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” Proverbs 3:3