Thursday, November 13, 2014

Miracles

Jon believed in miracles because his father did. He believed in them because they happened in his life and he told his son about them. As Jon grew up he saw miracles occur in his family, usually when his mom and dad thought they were down on their luck. Miracles came to their rescue at the most unexpected times and in the bleakest moments of their lives. It seemed so at the time. His father wasn't surprised for he knew miracles were always round the corner, waiting to step in, take hold of their lives, and set things right.

“That’s what miracles do. They set things right,” Jon’s father told him. “And you won’t even know when they do.”

Jon learnt about the power of miracles very early on in his life even though sometimes he saw them and sometimes he didn’t. For example, the new clothes his sister and he wore on occasions like birthdays were bought on shop credit. How his father managed to pay back each time, out of his meagre income, was a miracle. The children were never deprived of anything.

“Do you know why miracles happen?” Jon’s father asked him one day. “They happen because of faith. There is divine hand behind every miracle. If you don’t have faith, you won’t believe in miracles and neither will you see them.”

When he was very young, Jon’s father told him a true story about himself.

When Jon was a tiny tot, his father went out of the city on an assignment which took him to a small town. It was night and the streets were dimly lit. The 34-year old man entered a restaurant and ordered food and while he waited at his table, he asked for directions to the toilet. A waiter pointed towards the rear door. Jon’s father stepped out into pitch darkness and assuming that the toilet was some distance away, as was common in those days, he began to walk, feeling the ground beneath his feet. 


After what seemed like a long time, he halted and looked over his shoulder and saw the lights of the restaurant in the distance. He was a little afraid. Instinct told him not to venture further. He stood there, unzipped, and started to pee, when he suddenly heard the waiter's frantic voice somewhere behind him.

“What the hell do you think you are doing, sir?” he demanded of Jon’s father. “You are peeing in our well!”

The waiter stood beside him and flashed a torch on the ground except there was no ground, only a yawning black hole. Jon’s father was standing on the very edge of the well, level with the ground. He staggered behind. One step, just one more step, and that would have been the end of him.

Jon never got bored of hearing the story and his father never tired of telling it. They were on the same miracle wavelength.

He told Jon, “Miracles are God’s way of telling us that he is watching over us and that we have nothing to fear. They are like blessings. Count them every time they occur in your life and never forget to send a silent thank you.”

Thanks to the valuable lesson his father taught him, Jon is mindful of miracles in his life, and they happen all the time.

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