The Lord heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived. Elijah picked up the child and carried him down from the room into the house. He gave him to his mother and said, “Look, your son is alive!” Then the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the Lord from your mouth is the truth.” From I Kings 17: 7-24
We see major miracles in this passage of scripture- incredible workings of God through Elijah. Elijah extended the flour and oil in the home in a miraculous fashion, saving the widow and her son. Elijah was responsive to God and he had been sustained day-to-day. He was in a rhythm of communion with God. Elijah had earlier been sustained by ravens in the wilderness, now by another miracle, in the home of the widow.
God, through Elijah, provided for the widow and her son miraculously, yet the woman seemed to become accustomed to it, and even took it for granted. Then, when her son became ill, she seemed to question whether God was really there, whether Elijah really cared or was even on her side. Isn’t it interesting that we can so easily lose sight of the miracles that God has shown us all around? The widow was not alone in this. We saw the same thing with the Israelites in the desert, and, if we are honest, we see it in ourselves everyday!
Can you name a miracle, an everyday miracle in your life that you may take for granted? Or perhaps there was an event that happened in your life that was God’s great gift, but over time has lost its power and awe?
I see God’s miracles even as I write this. My immune system right this moment is probably fighting off some invasive little microbes or viruses as part of a wonderful self-sustaining life system built into us. Especially in the grip of the COVID-19 crisis, we see more than ever that our immune system is always in the fight against unseen enemies of disease and illness.
I have sight, hearing, touch, smell, taste- the gifts of the senses. Yes, those are amazing miracles we may take for granted.
I have an incredible wife, children, and grandchildren. I am blessed beyond measure. I see the amazing scientific laws which did not just invent themselves, but rather show the Designer in His glory. Yet, I take these miracles for granted unless I deliberately take time to notice and be grateful.
For the widow, it was only when her son was raised from the dead that she agreed that Elijah was the “real deal”. What does it take for us?
Prayer: Father, sharpen my awareness of your miracles everyday. All I have to do is look around, and I see your hand, Amen.