Do you need a miracle or two? I know I do! Don’t we all?
A miracle is defined as:
- a surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore considered to be the work of a divine agency;
- a highly improbable or extraordinary event, development, or accomplishment that brings very welcome consequences;
- an amazing product or achievement, or an outstanding example of something;
- a wonder; a marvel;
an effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause;
such an effect or event manifesting or considered as a work of God.
At the end of each year, I reflect on that year and pray about the coming new year.
For the last several years, instead of making new year’s resolutions, I ask God for a “one word” and an accompanying Scripture for the year.
As I prayed about 2022, I sensed that God was giving me the one word, “miracles.”
I confess that I didn’t WANT that word! Truth be told, I was afraid of it.
Why? Because in my mind, “miracles” meant something BAD had to happen in order for a miracle to occur. Someone breaking their neck, arm, or leg. A terrible car crash resulting in serious injuries. A Lazarus-like experience and someone needing to be raised from the dead. Primarily, I feared any of these things, or worst, happening to someone I love.
Then God rebuked me for the fear and the spirit of dread. He reminded me that GOOD things can and do happen with miracles. “Miracles” is actually a beautiful word!
He gave me examples of miracles of good things happening in the Bible:
- God’s creation of the earth, everything in it, nature, animals, and humans in the book of Genesis;
- The coin that Peter found in the fish’s mouth to pay his and Jesus’ taxes (Matthew 17:24-27);
- Feeding of the 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish (and 12 baskets left over – Mark 6:30-44);
- The widow’s overflowing jars of oil to pay the creditors off (2 Kings 4:1-7);
- Jesus turning the water into wine at the wedding in Cana (John 2:1-11);
- Moses throwing a tree into the bitter waters to make them sweet at Marah (Exodus 15:22-26);
- The Israelites’ clothes and shoes not wearing out for 40 years in the wilderness (Deuteronomy 29:5);
- Elijah the prophet being fed by God the ravens and having water by the brook (1 Kings 17:2-16);
- Elisha’s ax head floating in the Jordan River (2 Kings 6:1-7);
- and many examples of physical healings and miracles in the Old and New Testament.
That did make me feel better!
Some verses that God gave me for 2022:
“I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for Me?” (Jeremiah 32:27)
“You are the God who works wonders; You have made known Your might among the peoples.” (Psalm 77:14, ESV)
The story of the feeding of the 5,000 with five loaves of bread and two fish. (Mark 6:30-44)
The coin in the fish’s mouth to pay Peter’s and Jesus’ taxes (Matthew 17:24-27)
“And God was doing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul.” (Acts 19:11, ESV)
I noticed that God did not speak the word “miracle” to my heart, but “miracles.” PLURAL.
That is exciting!
As I shared on my recent online event, Pray, Plan, and Prepare for 2022 (which you can still access the replays and bonuses at this link here until January 6, 2021), I believe that God has SURPRISES in store for you and me in 2022.
Serendipity – a pleasant surprise! Good, not bad, things happening!
I receive that. Don’t you?
Let’s anticipate the amazing miracles that our mighty, powerful, loving God is going to work for you, me, and those we love throughout 2022!
What is your one word and Scripture for 2022?
Please share with me in the comments below.