A Different Kind of Miracle
Have you ever expected God to do something and instead He did something totally different? The end result is usually much better than we expected, but the process of getting to the end result can be heart breaking; which is probably why He doesn't do what we expected in the first place.
As a teen I desperately wanted God to change my cheating boyfriend’s ways. After years of being brokenhearted, God changed me and in the end gave me a much better man. As a young adult I desperately wanted to live in a certain neighborhood and begged God to miraculously sell our home so we could move. Two years passed with no buyer and much anxiety; in the interim God changed my heart. Our house eventually sold but when it did I no longer cared where I lived, only that I was where God wanted me to be.
I could go on and on with stories like these where I expected God to do one thing, was brokenhearted when He didn't, and then came out on the other side better because of it. These stories are what I call, a different kind of miracle.
It’s in our brokenness that God reveals the miracle that changes us. I saw this principle most clearly several years ago when I battled throat cancer. I begged God for a miraculous healing and fully believed I would receive one. God did eventually heal me, but not without the ravaging effects of chemo and radiation. My heart broke as it felt like my God had abandoned me and I wanted to die. But in the end, I emerged on the other side a totally different person. It truly was a different kind of miracle.
We desire miracles that suit our comfort; His miracles reveal who He is and changes us in the process.
What miracle have you been waiting for? Could God’s delay in answering your plea for a miracle be the tool He is using to change you? Could the miracle you really need be different than the miracle you desire?
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