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‘Walking on water is a miracle to us’ is a Buddhist saying. It applies to me even more meaningfully – maybe to you, too – by shifting just a few words: ‘These days walking peacefully on Earth is a miracle to us.’ Peace is one of those large, inclusive words that means different things to different people. It is a macro-gift and a micro-gift. To have peace allows us to feel calm even when the storms rage around us, rather than to deflect or dissolve those storms.
It can be our own miracle to walk through ‘the valley of death’, or any manner of hard things when we walk with peace.
Daniel Ludlow defined a miracle as “a beneficial event brought about through divine power that mortals do not understand and of themselves cannot duplicate.” Many choose to discount the miracles. I think they’re all around us, if we have eyes to recognize them. Then, we can give credit- glory- to God, who offers them. Sometimes they’re called “coincidences” – when God wants to remain anonymous, as I’ve heard.
Do we live in a day of miracles? We surely do. I imagine most of you reading this have a few of your own to share. Yet we live in a world of “anti-miracle believers.” That’s okay… it doesn’t stop the gifts from coming and it won’t stop us from recognizing the sweet blessings that miraculously pour out on us. To recognize that they often come in the Lord’s timeline will allow us to continue in faith and hope until the day of the realized heavenly gifts. With eyes and heart wide open, there are miracles all around us.
John 16:33 – These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer…”
We come to see that patience and miracles go together. We can ‘be of good cheer’ while we wait for that miracle to come. At other times, we learn that – if we are to follow the Father’s will- things will turn out as they should; But not as we might like. For those times, it helps when we can find His peace and know that it’s all in His hands. The best miracle of all is knowing we will see loved ones again, that infirmities will be taken away, that heartache will be dismissed, and that tears of pain will turn to tears of joy.
Sometimes, after the trial, the question marks, and the wandering a bit, things can turn out so much better than we ever imagined. That is a tender mercy and a miracle.
- Believe in them.
- Pray for them.
- Recognize and give thanks for them.
- Share about them, when appropriate, so as to help others along and give the glory where it’s supposed to be given.
- Grow in that ‘good cheer’ the Savior taught.
- Pray for others – always. The faith we bring together as we all pray for one another; as we reach out for others when they’re going through difficulties brings strength that is palpable.
Thank you to those of you who have known about, and been praying for our granddaughter who is presently dealing with some harsh physical trials (and her parents who carry the burdens that accompany their children’s health problems). We’ve already seen a couple of miracles. We hope for and trust for additional ones. I pray for you and your trials, too – trusting for your miracles in their due time.
God bless us to keep praying, thinking positively, and accepting the miracles that happen. Every day – when we note the tiny, beautiful things around us!
Vickey Pahnke Taylor joined the LDS Church as a teenager. She is a songwriter, author, and public speaker. Her website www.goodnessmatters.com, and Goodness Matters Group page on FaceBook are online spots to share goodness, joy, and hope in simple, personal ways. Her undergraduate study was in Musical Theater, with a Masters degree in communications. She has taught for the Church’s youth & family programs for more than 30 years, has written books, hundreds of columns, & created hundreds of songs all with the intent of growing goodness and pointing people to Christ.
Vickey and her husband Dean love their family, laughter, growing herbs & veggies, and tootsie rolls. She teaches Gospel Doctrine in her ward. Her husband serves in the bishopric. They are the parents of eight children and have eight grandchildren.