W.E. Vine defines a miracle in his dictionary as “power, inherent ability,” it is used of works of a supernatural origin and character, such as could not be produced by natural agents and means.” Or, “an effect contrary to the established constitution and course of things, or a sensible deviation from the known laws of nature.”
I believe I have seen many miracles. I have seen people healed and delivered, the lame walk, the deaf hear, the blind see and those who could not get pregnant—get pregnant. I have seen demons expelled, dead people come to life, and crazy people made whole. But maybe the greatest miracles I have seen are how the Lord is able to allow us to forgive others and ourselves, to get rid of anger, resentment, loneliness, fear, guilt and disappointment… to re-make the human heart.
Wendell Berry writes, “The miraculous is not extraordinary, but the common mode of existence. It is our daily bread. Whoever really has considered the lilies of the field or the birds of the air, and pondered the improbability of their existence in this warm world within the cold and empty stellar distances, will hardly balk at the turning of water into wine – which was, after all, a very small miracle. We forget the greater and still continuing miracle by which water (with soil and sunlight) is turned into grapes.”
“For there is no one who will perform a miracle in my name, and be able soon afterward to speak evil of me.” Jesus