Sunday, August 24, 2008

The size and shape of a miracle . . .

Is a miracle the rains of heaven being started or stopped? Is it the great waters being parted or crossed? Is it the friend who comes over, after your tears have run dry, and sits and talks to you about anything?

Is a miracle a realization, a shift in perspective, a way that we didn't before see? Is it a door, a window, a crack, a portal of perspective? Is it an implement offered to us without our knowing what tool to ask for (or even that there is a tool to ask for)?

If so, then I, Olive, have witnessed many miracles.

And, the interesting thing about miracles is that before they happen, one must reach, reach, and reach, by working as hard as she can. The miracle takes us the rest of the way, even when we don't really know which way-what way-this or that way we are going.

5 comments:

Betty Edit said...

I've seen/experienced all of those miracles you've mentioned (except for the waters being parted, although I have flown over the Atlantic ocean--does that count as crossing great waters?), which gives me great hope: I have no idea which way I'm going, and only a miracle will get me there.

Betty Edit said...

I think a miracle is the size and shape of an olive.

Sheila said...

I like your description of miracles. It makes me think this: miracles= the Atonement of Christ. I think miracles remind us that Heavenly Father is aware of exactly what we need. So maybe miracles are the divine hugs we can't get directly/physically. In any case, I think there are a lot more miracles than we necessarily notice.

Lynne's Somewhat Invented Life said...

Thank you, dear Olive for this post. First of all for the reminder that we must reach and reach and reach and then work, which I haven't seemed to be able to do. Lots of excuses, none of them valid.

And thank you for the idea for today's post on my blog. I had almost forgotten a story of one of the miracles in my life.

Oriana said...

Olive, I hope that you have many miracles in your life. I think we tend to miss miracles every day as we are looking for the giant gestures instead of the simple things.