Do you believe in miracles? Can miracles and something less occur each day? That’s the statement I told you I wrote and then on reflection laughed about. Which part was I laughing about? That miracles occur each day? Or, instead that something less occurs each day? Neither statement taken alone is funny really.
I laughed because the statement is contrary to what I hold as guiding spiritual principle.
I have come to accept the fact that all things come from a source that represents the beginning of all things, operates universally in natural law and is wholly good. We each have a name for the source. Many refer to God, others to Creator and some refer to this power as simply the Universe. I will use Creator throughout this post.
I embrace the thought that the Creator empowers us with choice, what many of us call free will. I also believe that the Creator has given us a framework of natural operating law. I believe the laws provided have always been in place and are irreversible and that the Creator gives us free will as to how to implement the law of the universe.
I accept that the law of the Creator works whether we do or do not acknowledge its existence. The law works in a cause and effect manner. In all that we think and believe the law will work in our favor or against us.
The effects of our actions and thoughts are caused by the application of the universal law. Since all truth flows from the central source it cannot be any other way, now or ever.
Imagine it this way. We can see waves on the ocean, one after another for as many thousands of years as we may care to stare. The waves are an effect of a greater force operating below, which in turn is being operated upon by an ever increasing set of universal forces. Or, imagine electricity for a moment. We still struggle to understand its original source, knowing it is the natural product of a larger natural order, and yet we do know scientifically that it follows a prescribed set of operational laws. We have learned that we can use the effect of electricity to improve our lives even though we do not fully understand its origin. Such is the use of the natural law given to each of us by the Creator.
When we are able to accept the natural law as irrefutable and irreversible we are free to leverage the effects in our search for the underlying cause.
And once we have learned to create effect we can use the law for our advancement and personal peace.
We achieve our higher good, the ‘effect’ of the law by understanding that ‘what we believe we indeed bring to pass.’ The Bible uses the well known phrase ‘we reap what we sow’. There is nothing in our world that has ever been created unless one of us first thought it possible to create. Nothing destroyed unless we first believed it possible to destroy. The slow process of understanding that 'what we believe we bring to pass' leads without fail into the realm of faith in the laws of nature and creation. These are the laws of the Creator, the ones he wishes for us to find and use with care and wisdom.
Faith is the key to the lock on the door leading to the law.
When Jesus went to the tomb of Lazurus and raised him from the dead, was this a miracle? When he turned a minimum of fish into a multitude of fish, was this a miracle? Convention says, “yes, of course.” The leaders of the church would likely admonish me for disagreeing. I don’t like the word miracle you see. I find it confining and limiting.
Jesus was able to do these things because his faith in the law was advanced beyond what any of us have known in our own lives. Son of God? Certainly. A son of the Creator, filled with a level of faith in the law and an understanding of the law that none of us have known. To say it was a miracle suggests the idea that you or I are not vested with a similar ability if only we had the remarkable faith of Jesus.
The faith Jesus demonstrated is the faith and power available to us each. It is the same law and can be no other way. I have seen bumper stickers and church entrance signs proclaiming “I Love Jesus.” I find the phrase to be both anti-spiritual and anti-intellectual. I think it is a limiting phrase. It is not enough to mindlessly go about loving the power of Jesus. We must search for the matching faith of Jesus. This is the charge of the Creator. I believe the Creator wants us to see the perfect application of faith in universal law demonstrated by Jesus and learn to apply it for ourselves, and not go about in robotic symbolic worship that merely waves hello at real personal effort, applauding Jesus as though our work was done.
And so I find the word miracle to be limiting. All things that we think and believe are operated upon by the law and the promise of the Creator. We simply lack faith in the bountiful and rich yield promised when we truly believe in our power. This is our challenge.
No, I don’t believe in miracles. I believe that what we call miracles, such as the remarkable recoveries from cancer or the lifting of a car from the top of an injured child are possible to anyone that has a faith large enough.
I’m looking for and believing in a day when what we call miracles are deemed insignificant compared to what we have learned we can accomplish through faith.
No miracles for me. I want a bigger word. Or better yet no word at all. Maybe just a blank t-shirt stuffed full of a human with enormous faith and limitless possibilities.