A miracle is an event attributed to divine intervention. The Bible contains many examples of miracles in both the Old and New Testaments. According to the Gospel of John, before Jesus began his public ministry, he attended a wedding in Cana with his mother Mary and some of his disciples. During the wedding feast, Jesus performed a miracle that involved changing water into wine. John indicates that this was the first miracle of Jesus, or at least the first that was witnessed by his disciples. But does God perform miracles today? There seems to be a number of accounts where some today have claimed to either witness or be part of a miracle. While I cannot validate those accounts, I can explain a situation in our family that was a miracle.
There was a time in my life before salvation, I enjoyed the party scene and even had a bar stocked with many of my friends including Jim Beam, Johnny Walker and, of course, Old Grand Dad. One Friday morning, one of our sons who was fourteen (14) at the time, asked if he could visit a female friend after school. I said okay and told him to walk to the Bowling Alley where I was bowling in a league and to be there before 9:00PM. Although the area that he was visiting was not in the best of neighborhoods, I didn’t think it would be a problem since it was just a few blocks to the Bowling Alley. What we didn’t know was that somehow he had managed to confiscated a bottle of Old Grand Dad from the bar.
At the Bowling Alley, things were going great and I was on my way to an excellent three-game series. About mid-way through the second game, however, I received a telephone call from Adventist Hospital. The Nurse caller said that my son was admitted by ambulance, that he looked like he had been beaten, and did they have my permission to treat him. The fear that came over me during that call was overwhelming, and after giving them permission to treat him, I told my wife of the situation. I finished the second game and immediately, my wife and I drove to the hospital.
When we finally got to see our son who had several cuts and bruises, we soon realized that he had not been beaten but was intoxicated and that he would be alright after he spent the night at the hospital. Our miracle, however, became clear when we started to put together the facts about what had occurred. After he walked his friend home, he apparently didn’t know what to do with the rest of the Grand Dad which was about half-full. Since he didn’t want to pour it out and couldn’t conceal it enough to take back home, he decided to consume all of it. According to the account of the ambulance driver, he was found face-down in a creek that was completely out of view from the main street. Because it was first thought to be an assault, the police were also involved. The miracle, however, was that the police could find no record of any 911 call reporting the incident, there was no way anyone could have seen him unless they came down to that creek, and there was no record of any ambulance being dispatched to transport him to the hospital. Was this a miracle? We believe it was and we are convinced that God still performs miracles today. I might add, that since that time, our son never again touched a drop of alcohol.
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