Dear moms—of all types—biological moms, stepmoms, single moms, adoptive moms, adopted moms, foster moms, fostered moms, spiritual moms, and honorary moms; and to any woman:
Miracles can and do happen. “Really?” you might ask. “I’d like to see one.” Maybe you have never seen one…or maybe you just didn’t recognize it. Maybe you’ve actually seen many.
Here are a few:
After the life of one son was taken by another, a third son was born. Eve experienced a miracle.
One woman, along with her husband, three sons, and three daughters-in-law were all spared from a worldwide flood. Noah’s wife experienced a miracle.
One woman, banished with a child who approached the brink of death, was seen by God, directed to water, and promised that her child would become a great nation. Hagar had her miracle.
A widow woman’s sons were going to be taken away by creditors to pay off her debt. A jar of oil became bottomless, and she had her miracle.
A woman became a widow, then she became childless. But she remained a spiritual mom to her two daughters-in-law. These daughters were foreigners and not of the people of God, but one eventually became so and became part of the lineage of Jesus. Naomi had her miracle, and so did Ruth.
Her son was ordained from the womb to be a prophet to the nations. And even though he ran from his calling for a time, he returned. He shared God’s messages with the people. Jeremiah’s mom had her miracle as her son became what God called him to be.
A widow in Nain experienced the death of her only son. As she walked along in the funeral procession, Jesus raised him back to life. She had her miracle.
Peter’s mother-in-law lay very sick from a fever. Jesus came in and brought her healing. She was able to get up and serve those around her. She had her miracle, and it overflowed to others.
She carried the Son of God within her womb and then watched the Son of God die before her very eyes to become her Savior. Within a few breaths of His last, He turned her over to the care of John the disciple. Mary had her miracles. And we all had a Savior now waiting to care for us, too.
A poor young boy did not have a formal education, but he became the president of the United States and helped save his country. Although Mrs. Lincoln did not live to see her miracle, it came.
A rebellious young man who ran far from God turned his life back toward Him. He now travels the world, preaching and doing disaster relief for millions of people. Ruth Bell Graham had her miracle.
A woman with a barren womb, eyes full of tears, ears full of unhelpful statements from others poured out her heart to the Lord. She enlisted prayer from others. Hannah received her miracle, and then some. So did I.
Who would have thought a miracle could come after tragedy, abandonment, desperation, and death? Who would have thought it? Well, miracles could come, and did come, because God saw, and God had a plan. A plan of comfort, provision, restoration, and salvation. Continuation, protection, legacy, and calling. Healing, position, vision, and abundance. The same things are available today because He does not change. He is the God of the impossible. He is the God of miracles.
Be open to receive what God has for you. Good things come from His hand in myriad forms and ways, and they may look nothing like you expect.
God is still at work in and around us, doing things both seen and unseen, doing things on a timeline that we sometimes understand and sometimes do not. He is sovereign, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. Don’t give up hope. He is the God of miracles. He is beyond good. And He deserves thanks and praise. Even now.
©Text and photography by Francee Strain, May 16, 2019