How to receive a miracle

With eyes closed, I stood near the back of the Sonrise Chapel with my arms raised as we sang majestic words of worship. In my imagination, I saw great glorious drops of honey gold dropping all around me. Ten minutes later, I opened my eyes and craned my neck to see what the prophetic artists were painting. Stunned, I watched Anita Young painting exactly what I had seen in my mind. “It’s a miracle,” I thought!

Too rarely, do we hear the words—“It’s a miracle!” But when we do, our emotions awaken to honey-like warmth spreading through our bodies, soothing our minds, quieting our hearts. And then we dance! We hoot! We celebrate! In this moment our world takes on the golden glow of a safe haven. Hope flourishes!

Do you yearn for that honey-coated miracle? Right now! Today! Yesterday would have been better. But today will do!

Skeptical? My favorite thing to do with a word like miracle is to discover the root meaning. Like a gift-wrapped package, I want to tear it open and look inside. Via Old French from the Latin miracle means “Object of Wonder.”

We have all beheld a miracle then. You don’t go see an “Object of Wonder!” It is not to be ogled at, but to catch your breath and behold.

You may have watched your son, the rookie, catch the fly ball at the bottom of the ninth inning with the bases loaded to save the game. You whisper–It’s a miracle! It is indeed an “Object of Wonder”to behold–and you never tire of watching the replays.

Oh, but that’s how it is with miracles. “Objects of Wonder” do not quietly appear in musty museums on oak lined avenues for free Thursdays. Nope—they break into our world when all hope seems lost. With no land in sight, they are the small craft appearing from nowhere that fishes you from shark-infested waters. Gulp! Miracles just have the uncanny requirement of inducing someone to paddle past blood suckers to behold their beauty.

Sometimes “Objects of Wonder” appear as the person who leads us through these troubled waters. In an interview for his new movie, The Conspirator,” Robert Redford speaks to Parade Magazine about leadership during tumultuous times. He said, “You have to have courage beyond reason. You might even have to be slightly foolhardy.” I would add that miracles appear when you are courageously foolhardy in a way that wrestles all pride from your ego! You emerge almost as an observer—a reluctant hero faithful in the face of chaos, ambiguity, and fear!

Still interested in that formula? It is excessively simple, but the path is so hidden beneath the brambles of our natural style of believing that it will take some digging.

Radical Trust + Humble Awe = The Miracle

Pause and reflect. Feel the tension. See the anomaly.

You do not command this formula. You make place for it by sweeping up and discarding the dust of toxic thoughts, memories, and emotions of past disappointments. You quiet your mind. Catch a new vision of what might be. Then you feverishly charge ever so daintily into the lap of your safe guardian, Possibility. You let go of fear; you are overtaken by love. Love compels! You dare not resist! You nestle!

If you are reading this post between April 5 and May 4, you are in the Jewish month of Nissan, the first month of the Hebrew calendar, known as the time of “the beginning of miracles.” This is the month to dip your oar confidently in the water of possibility!

So write out the formula. Post it on your mirror or above your desk. Mull! Meditate! Contemplate. Paint a mind picture. Get serious. Get giddy! Leave the shore of security.

Consider your situation.

How will you know radical trust has arrived?

Who appears when humble awe awakens?

Want to do life from the Flourishing Place? Meditate on this equation. It will not fail you! I’ll be eager to learn what you discover. Post it here.

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About Your Flourishing Life

As a child, Marlee Huber loved to ramble through gardens sampling juicy berries and delighting in the heady fragrance of roses. As an adult, she thrills at maintaining a country garden in the foothills of the Washington Cascades. Something happened in 2012 that changed everything for Marlee. She followed the love of her life as he bicycled across the continent from their home in the NW to his brother's home in the Virginia. Ninety days later she came home and has never been the same. After photographing the backroads and hamlets across America--all on auto, she came home and took an online photography course, read dozens of books on technique and vision and stepped out into a new career. Her passion is coaching young people to discover their brilliance. She calls it Life-Themes Coaching and during one nearly half-day session, she unpacks what makes you brilliant and one of a kind. Then she matches the discoveries with a photography session where she tells the story of your life with her camera. In her personal life, she is a wife, mother, and grandmother delighting in her flourishing family!
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3 Responses to How to receive a miracle

  1. Marjorie Roth says:

    I am passing over & entering in!

    I am going to say – “It is a miracle”.

    I bought something 2 years ago & have been waiting to use it or give it away.

    After seeing your picture & reading this post, I believe I am to send it to you.

    Would you private message me your address?

    Either way – loved your piece! ♥

  2. Marlee Huber says:

    Want to see this equation in action? Read 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

    This verse is a beautiful picture of humble awe + radical trust = The Miracle! Healing for the Land! God loves the Land!

    What does it take to position us for a miracle? Isaiah 30:15 “In repentance and rest is your salvation (The radical turn + the humble positioning = Salvation), in quietness and trust is your strength (Wordless wonder/awe + trust/confidence in our God = Strength). The Lord weaves these four together into the positioning for a miracle.

    HUMBLE AWE + RADICAL TRUST = Salvation/Strength/The Miracle.

    What Miracle do you need today?

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