For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us II Corinthians 4:6-7 (KJV)
As we anxiously await the arrival of the vaccines which will stem the tide of COVID-19, and eventually defeat it, I sit and marvel at the miracle that has unfolded. Science has produced these incredibly effective vaccines with a speed heretofore unknown. Yet, we are struggling over the speed (or lack of it) for getting the vaccine into arms. That is not the fault of those who developed the vaccine. We are now experiencing the frustration involved with not getting the vaccine widely available in a timely manner.
In short, we have come to expect miracles, but we do not adequately know how to introduce them into our mainstream of life. Why? I suggest that perhaps miracles have become too common. They have outpaced our ability to embrace them and implement them adequately.
I am defining miracles as extraordinary occurrences that happen which are far beyond currently accepted expectations and explanations. The development of the vaccines coming into play to fight this pandemic would fall into that category.
Unfortunately, the current mechanisms which are needed to implement the “miracle” vaccines have not caught up with miracle. So, while we have this extraordinary capacity to produce “miracles”, we are still saddled with traditional thinking and the often-ineffective ways to implement them. In this way, we have hindered the miracle. We have come to expect that science will come up with amazing ways to keep us fed and healthy. Yet, we still fail at coming to grips with how to handle the miracles around us. (More on this in a future blog)
Perhaps this can be a lesson in humility. We have, at the same time, amazing abilities because of our God-given creative gifts as humans. We also have all the failings of our stubborn human nature, including some inflexible political and bureaucratic thinking which sometimes gets in the way of miracles.
Let’s hope that the lessons we learned in this pandemic will give us the humility to look at all the ways we act, and make sure that our behavior can help make those common miracles save the lives intended.
Prayer: Lord, we hold the gifts you give us in clay vessels. Give us the wisdom and humility to use these gifts well, Amen.