In the book of Mark, we read about how Jesus fed five thousand people with only five loaves of bread and two fish, a task impossible with man alone (Mark 6:30-44). Following this passage we come to Jesus walking on the sea and the reaction of His disciples.
Immediately He made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while He sent the multitude away. And when He had sent them away, He departed to the mountain to pray. Now when evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea; and He was alone on the land. Then He saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed them by. And when they saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed it was a ghost, and cried out; for they all saw Him and were troubled. But immediately He talked with them and said to them, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” Then He went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased. And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled. For they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened (Mark 6:45-52 NKJV, emphasis mine).
Pretty amazing miracle, right? Not just one, but two “big” miracles: 1) Jesus walking on the water and 2) Him calming the storm as soon as He entered the boat. These miracle, as great as they are, however, were not what stuck out to me while I was hand writing the word. What stuck out to me was the last verse, “For they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened.”
For the most part, we can see and are in awe of the “big” miracles that God performs in our lives like providing a job when all hope is lost or curing cancer when the doctor’s say the end is near. But what about those “small” everyday miracles? Those miracle that come in the form of daily provision, do we see those? I can’t say that I always do.
Jesus had provided a basic daily necessity for five thousand people and the last verse of the above passage seems to suggest that the disciples hadn’t noticed; or at least they hadn’t given it much thought or understood the significance of the miracle. It took a much “bigger” miracle, one that seemed more dramatic, for Jesus to get the attention of His disciples.
I realize that it is easy for me to read this passage and say of the disciples, “What were they thinking? Why couldn’t they see how Jesus was providing? Didn’t they know who He was?” but hindsight is 20/20. It is also a lot easier to stand back and examine someone else circumstances than it is for me to examine my own. So as I prepared to write this blog post I decided to look at my own circumstances. I wondered, Is God performing “small” miracles in my life that I am letting go unnoticed? The answer: yes.
Just this month I had some minor car trouble and just this month my husband and I had some extra income that we do not normally have. In an average month we would have struggled and strained to pay for the repairs to the car. But not this month. This month we had the money needed. This may have been a “small” miracle, definitely not a big flash miracle that many would brag about, but a miracle nonetheless. God simply provided a miracle and I am thankful.
I wonder how many other “small” miracles I have over looked in my life because I’m too busy looking for something big and dramatic to happen. After reading (and writing out) this passage I believe miracles are happening in my life, in your life, daily. No they are probably not all big and flashy, but they are happening and they are fantastic. I encourage you to examine your circumstance and look for the miracles happening today…the miracles happening for you.
Lord, thank You for the miracles that You perform in my daily life. I am sorry that I seldom recognize them and ask that you give me eyes to see Your hand at work throughout my circumstances. This I pray in Your name. Amen.
Are you seeing “small” miracles happening in your life? Would you care to share? Please consider leaving a comment or sending me a message. I’d love to hear from you!
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I hope my thoughts help you understand how this scripture can be applied to our modern lives, but don’t just take my word for it. Dive into The Bible yourself, pray, and ask the Lord to reveal His truth to you personally.
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