Make Your Own Miracles

Miracles do not occur by themselves. You must plan to participate in them. Miracles need to be fostered. And then they come in unexpected forms: not the ones you want, but the ones you need.

Dan Wakefield discovered this secret as he realized his life had been miraculously shaped to aid him in the writing of his book Expect a Miracle (Harper Collins). The material came together--had been doing so all along--when he received the publisher’s encouragement to do a book on miracles. "I’ve already started," he thought, and hadn’t known it!

Society has conditioned us not to look for or understand miracles. Religion tends to honor the ritual and not the reason for it. Science tends to explain the supernatural in worldly terms. What is the need for miracles--which boggle the mind--when logic can simplify everything and explain it all?

Secularism has taken away all meaning and mystery from the modern world, and church attendance is declining; however, in both East and West, holy shrines remain more popular than ever. Jerusalem, Mecca, and the religious shrines in India draw far more participants than in previous decades. The sizes of the pilgrimages reflect an increasing search for meaning - amounting almost to a hunger.

Of the thousands who annually visit the healing waters at Lourdes, France, few receive the miracle for which they had hoped. Untold numbers, however, do receive miracles they had not anticipated. They speak with great joy in the assemblage at Lourdes, and at home, concerning appreciation for life, greater understanding of the roles of love and patience, and thankfulness for having been a part of the experience. The miracles come in great part to those who care for and guide the afflicted or serve others. More people generally are finding that when they have a personal contact with the spiritual, their lives have more meaning; and that indeed miracles do occur on a personal if not daily basis.

It is an attitudinal thing. If one doesn’t "see" miracles, then there aren’t any. But when that attitude changes, then you can look back and appreciate that miracles had been happening all along. Occurring--and incubating--waiting for you to understand that the simplest things in life are miraculous. Like the chance meeting, or telephone call, that sets one’s life on a new path, they have purpose. They seem divinely inspired to direct us to our greatest good. But they are effective only as we come to appreciate them. When you do expect miracles, they occur often with the sheen and shine of sweetly anticipated gifts.

Studying the miraculous, Dan Wakefield journeyed from a brash, shallow skeptic to one who has come to know personally the joy and fulfillment of the daily miracle. He believes now that by preparing ourselves for the possibility of miracles we can have that "something more" and see a brighter meaning shining in the wonders of daily living.

(Digest by Myron Ladd Gantt, Atlantic University.)