How to Experience Miracles Every Day
One of the first miracles of Jesus’ ministry, in John 2, was turning water into wine at a wedding, not just any wine, but the best wine. Not only was that a great wedding gift, but it is a gateway to our understanding of his power. He instructed the servants to fill ordinary jars with water, ordinary and unremarkable, and it became something remarkable, excellent wine. The wine was served to the wedding guests who, no doubt, enjoyed it.
This miracle was not directly performed by Jesus, rather by God through the Holy Spirit and it began with Mary’s faith. At this point in their lives, we don’t know whether she understood the extent of Jesus’s power. She didn’t tell him what to do, she went to him with this dilemma: the wedding host has run out of wine and the celebration is still going strong. She had enough faith to know that whatever he did would be the best solution. The result was a miracle.
This story shows us three truths: that through the Holy Spirit, miraculous change can occur; that we need to trust God for the solution to our prayer and not come to him with a pre-determined solution; and that whatever the Lord chooses to do is the best for our lives.
I see myself as one of those empty vessels, empty and ordinary. The jugs were filled with water and that water became the miracle of wine. Without God I am empty, but I was created to be filled. When I am filled with the Holy spirit, I am prepared to do the work of the Lord. Through faith I am miraculously changed into something God can use for his glory. Now I am ready to serve the Lord.
Jesus became incarnate as a common a human being like you and me to make a point—He showed us that with confident faith in the Lord, God would answer our prayers with miraculous acts through us; through us, not by us. In the Bible, Luke 9:46-48, is just one of many examples where Jesus tells someone that “your faith has made you well.” This is healing from the Lord, through Jesus, by faith.
Jesus proved over and over that faith in Him was necessary for God to do miracles through Him. He raised the dead, cast out demons, and cured the sick. He rebuked His disciples for not being able to bring about miracles as well. Remember the mustard seed analogy? If the disciples had the faith of even a miniscule mustard seed they, too, could perform miracles. It doesn’t sound like much, and yet, it seems so unobtainable.
We’ve all prayed prayers that have gone unanswered. Often my prayers are in the form of begging… please, please, please. The very act of begging infers that I’m not sure if I will get the outcome I desire. I stand like a frightened child, pleading to be heard. Just saying the words, like an incantation, is not praying in faith. It’s not the words that produce miracles, it’s the faith.
I’ve found that when I ask the Lord for help, like Mary, I don’t need to pray for a specific solution. Mary could have asked Jesus for money to buy more wine or maybe for someone to offer wine from their own reserves. These seem like more concrete solutions than “Jesus, They’re out of wine. Please do something.” Instead, she trusted him with a solution. Her request was a simple “help.”
Jesus often instructed his followers to be like children in faith and dedication to the Lord. I believe the childlike faith he had in mind was a faith of complete trust, a trust without fear, a faith that comes from love and total dependence. Total dependence means that I have to give up control of the situation and let God take over. God can’t take my cares away if I won’t let go. And yet, I don’t think God expects me to be perfect in prayer. I am his child, not his adult. As a child, his expectation is that while I inhabit the earth, I will to grow in faith, learning to trust him more and more.
I like to think of my time on earth as being in school, where I learn and grow. God is trying to teach me how to behave and how to trust Him for all my needs. He doesn’t expect me to get it right the first time or even the second, third, or fourth. He knows I will fail. That’s part of the learning experience. I’ve failed a lot. My learning is a constant struggle, but the miracle that God is in control of every aspect of my time on earth, makes the change possible. He has the power to do whatever he desires to do to me. And yet, he gives me the choice. I can endeavor to learn and grow through him or not.
We all start out as infants in our faith. We need to learn the language of the Lord. We need to learn how to be good. We need to learn that He will absolutely and always be there for us when we need him. He is our father and our job is to learn to obey Him. But we can’t obey Him if we don’t trust that His way is always the best. We have to let go of the idea that we have the power to grow and make changes. It’s only through His power that we can accomplish anything. It’s only through His power that we can have faith. It’s through Him that we have the strength to be faithful.
Like the slow, everyday miracle of a grape seed that grows into a vine, that creates grapes, that, in turn, turns into wine, I can’t expect to change in an instant. I’ve also learned that the miracles I pray for don’t usually happen the next day. God hears my prayer and will answer it in his way and at the perfect time.
Faith is the ultimate lesson and the ultimate miracle. Faith is the substance of love and trust. It is the miracle we desire. Faith is relinquishing our will to Him to change us, learning what He wants us to learn, doing what He wants us to do, trusting our benevolent Father to work miracles in us. With this in mind, I’m trying to be a better learner, so God can work miracles through me. I constantly work at letting my will be the Lord’s. I have faith that He will teach me what I need to know to serve Him.
Practice makes perfect. Join me in praying for more faith. Pray for it often. Learn to trust that you, too, can bring about miracles through faith in the Lord. And expect wine, lots of it.