Rebekah’s Rambles: The God of Miracles

I think we can all agree, that in at least one point in our lives or another, we’ve seen God performing miracles in our lives. The fact that we were even born is a miracle.

I don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for stories of miracles. Quite often as Christians I think we struggle to see God in our ordinary day-to-day lives, so we love to hear stories of miracles happening in other people’s lives to restore our faith and give us reassurance that God really is there even when we may not be able to see it ourselves. In this negative and cynical world we are living in, we love to have these examples of goodness and love that still exist.

Let me tell you guys a story. Nearly two years ago I went down to Nicaragua with Samaritan’s Purse to deliver the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. In 7 days we did about 14 distributions in different villages. It was an insane week. Emotionally, mentally, and physically draining. Not to mention spiritually too! We saw a lot of things happen, and really relied on God throughout the week.

On one of our last days, we experienced a true miracle. We were all so exhausted, and I think we had hit our breaking point. We get to the church, and start handing out the boxes. We had handed them out to what we thought was all the kids. Well it turned out we missed one little 5-year-old boy. Unfortunately, we had also run out of boy boxes. Every single child had gotten a box except this little boy. We were short by one.

Sounds like the setup for a pretty great story right?

Well, unfortunately I’m not super proud of what I did next. We were scrambling around trying to figure out what to do next, and I was coming up with plans in my head of what I could do, and what things I had with me that I could give him.

Instead, I needed to let God do what only he could do.

He even says in Matthew 19:26 “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

So that’s what we did. We grabbed a 10-14 year old girl box, and all huddled around and prayed for it. We asked God to work in this little boy’s life, and to perform a miracle with that box. With a hesitate amen, we gave the box to the little boy. (Meanwhile in my head I was still trying to come up with a back up plan)

The little boy starts opening his box, not really understanding why we were all watching so closely. And what do you know, he opens that box and you will never guess what he pulled out. 2 T-Shirts. Not pink, or purple, or princesses, or anything like that. 2 blue, boy t-shirts, that were just. his. size. You know what else he found in that box? A toy dumptruck. A DUMPTRUCK. In a box intended for a 14 year old girl. Now, if that’s not a miracle I don’t know what is.

So that’s a pretty cool story right? I can honestly say, I have never experienced anything like it. That was a day that changed my heart. I wish I could have had more faith and trust in God in that moment, instead of relying on my own plan. I’m so grateful for my team members who had faith even the size of a mustard seed to trust God that he would do what only he can do.

While thinking about this topic, I came across some really great verses that talk about God, and his ability to perform miracles. Here are some that really stuck out for me:

“He alone is your God, the only one ho is worthy of your praise, the one who has done these mighty miracles that you have seen with your own eyes.”

  • Deuteronomy 10:21

“I am the Lord, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for me?”

  • Jeremiah 32:27

And my personal favourite:

“He does great things too marvelous to understand. He performs countless miracles”

            – Job 5:9