Okay, maybe these aren't the biggest miracles you have ever seen (or heard of), but they're still pretty cool.
I was once in hospital, and a nurse came up to me, and said "You have a visitor".
I had never heard of the name she gave me. I walked up to the visitor, but I had never seen her before.
She turned out to be a friend of a friend kind of thing. The name she had given the nurse originally was her middle name, which is why I didn't recognize it.
She gave me some grapes, and strawberries, and we chatted for a while.
The next day she came back and said "Here, prezzie for you", and she gave me a Life Application Study Bible. This particular Bible had an enormous amount of footnotes, so it was great for studying. I read the entire New Testament while I was in hospital.
I asked her where she got it from, and she said that someone had left it in her mailbox ... TWENTY YEARS ago. Like wow!
So basically, God would have seen the need for a Bible, and got someone to leave it "on a whim" in her mailbox twenty years before that.
Now, that's pretty cool I think.
I was once in a little bit of financial trouble, and it overwhelmed me so much, that I just left my home, and I went for a walk at the beach (to get some fresh air).
As I was praying, and stressing about things, a man walked past, and his T-Shirt said "Trust Me".
So I did, and I felt better because of it.
Strength for Trials
I was once at the beach, and I prayed that God would make me strong enough for my trials.
I got up from my bench, crossed the street, and there was a car parked there.
The license plate said "I Will".
Once I placed a DVD (about the Sabbath) next to my notebook for watching at some point, and then when I came back several hours later the sun was reflecting on it, and produced a rainbow on the wall in front of me, directly high-lighting the Ten Commandments picture I have on there.
The Sabbath commandment is very special for sure!
Rainbows are symbolic for God's promises.
One day I went home, and I saw this amazing rainbow (against some very dark clouds), and I stared at it for a while.
- By Bo tanichka5 / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0
My thoughts confirmed that the rainbow is symbolic for a promise from God, and the following Bible verse popped in my head.
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.
- Philippians 1:6 (KJV)
That Bible verse was given to me the day before, and came into my mind when I thought about what the promise of God was.
When I came home I found an email that said people had been praying for me.
For me, it was a confirmation that God was thinking of me, and made me a wonderful promise.
God's Love for Us
Sometimes things just aren't going so well, and then out of nowhere there was this car that drove past, and the license plate said "1 love u" (I love you).
Well, I love you too Father.
I was looking for guidance, and what God had planned for me. What to do next, etc.
Sometimes I just open my Bible at random looking for a verse of encouragement.
Yesterday was no different, but my fingers slipped, and I ended up on an empty page near the end of the Bible.
So, I was like "Really?!?". You have nothing to say to me?
But then I looked again, and there was a very small number on the page. The number was 16079.
So, I was like "Okay", I'm curious, so I googled it. A lot of serial numbers came up, so I googled for "Bible 16079" instead.
Straight away there was the top result that said "Bookmark #16079".
I went to the page, and sure enough, it had a bookmark there which said:
I thought that was pretty cool.
Mind you, I still don't know what God's plan/timing for me is, but at least now I know that I need to wait for it.
Church Notice Board
Shortly after the above happened, God again confirmed that I would need to be patient.
I occasionally copy/paste a quote into my articles.
I normally try and keep everything consistent, so I sometimes have to change the smart quotes (curly quotes) by hand.
At some point I noticed that I had forgotten one, so I wrote a quick program to see if there were any others that I had forgotten also. I ran the program, and sure enough it came up with one quote (there were others, but due to an "error" in the program it only showed one).
The quote was a direct answer to something I had prayed for only 2-3 days earlier.
This may seem a small miracle to you, but to me it was HUGE. I mean, how does that even work?
That mistake had been in my article for several months, and now here it was just staring at me.
There was a course I really wanted to do, but I was struggling with it financially, to the point where I just couldn't justify it.
I even went to the course building; shall I, or not, but decided not to go inside on the day the course started.
I was quite disapponted, but then three days later I received an unexpected amount of money (two-thirds of the course fee) on my account from a friend. The donation was completely out of the blue. I hadn't told her anything about the course.
When I told her what I was doing, she then paid the remainder of the course fee a couple of days later.
In the process the training provider waived the GST from the course fee, so in the end, God paid for the entire course.
Even the church I go to offered to pay the remainder at one point.
The course was cancelled a few weeks later, but I still believe that I was there for a reason.
Until the Spirit Comes
Suffering is part of my calling. I accept that.
For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake.
- Philippians 1:29 (KJV)
A few months ago I really struggled with anxiety. I literally felt I couldn't breathe when I was in a car with someone (while going to church).
As I was sitting in front of my computer I thought "How much longer do I need to put up with this?".
I then walked downstairs to the garage to see if there was perhaps a bicycle that I could borrow, so that I could cycle to church.
And there was:
But as I was looking at the bike, something in the back of the garage caught my attention. There was a bookshelf (my landlord was a pastor, and he has many different Christian books), and one book in particular stood out. I walked towards it to read the title, and it said "Until the Spirit Comes".
(It's the purple book in the middle)
I believe that that is a reference to the Latter Rain (the outpouring of the Holy Spirit).
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.
- Acts 2:17 (KJV)
And then I was reminded of this verse:
And the Spirit of the Lord will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man.
- 1 Samuel 10:6 (KJV)
This has given me much hope. Hope that someday I will not have to battle with the "spirit of fear" again.
Although the Latter Rain hasn't happened yet, I do pray for it, and I encourage you to do the same.
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
- Luke 11:13 (KJV)
Miracle in progress for sure...
Sometimes God does little miracles as well.
I struggle with anxiety (fears), and I was studying the verse below.
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
- 2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)
Then an hour later I walked past the church street sign below.
When I came back home I looked up the verse, and it said:
I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
- Psalms 34:4 (KJV)
Made me smile!!
At the beginning of the lockdown (for COVID-19) I really wanted to do a personal evangelism course from AFCOE.
I had no money, so I was a bit cheeky, and challenged them to offer it to me for free.
To my surprise this was actually granted!! The person I emailed then forwarded the email to an assistant, but then I heard nothing for several weeks, and I left it that. I figured they were quite busy with the coronavirus, and I simply didn't want to bother them.
A good 6-7 weeks later I saw a video about Corrie Ten Boom, and she said that she often prayed with "an open Bible", e.g. she would find a promise from God, have it in front of her, and then she simply claimed God's promise. She said: God promised it, now He must do it! Nice and simple.
As I was clearing out my email I ran into the original AFCOE email again, and I thought "Why not?". So I opened my Bible on Matthew 7:7, and prayed for it.
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
- Matthew 7:7 (KJV)
I was thinking "There's no way they will ever get back to me. The chances of that happening are pretty much zero".
Two days passed, but then to my surprise, there was an email from the person who the email was forwarded to.
Did anyone from Amazing Facts respond to you about getting you enrolled in our online program for free?
I was absolutely gobsmacked. No way, I thought. How on Earth is that even possible?
I loved this course!! How blessed am I?
When I wasn't doing so well, my mum send me the picture below.
- By Del Parson
Then shortly after I ran Bible Dice (an internet application that shows random Bible verses).
And you guessed it:
How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?
- Matthew 18:12 (KJV)
I wasn't feeling that great about the future, and God's calling for me, so I prayed if God could do "something special" to show I was still on track.
Maybe 2-3 hours alter I sat down behind my computer, and there's this little flying creature "jumping" around on my copy of the Ten Commandments. It just "jumped" from word to word. "Thou shalt not [my specific sin removed]".
Then it jumped to "strength", as in "I will be your strength".
Then it jumped to "God is Faithful", and "Irrevocable" (as in my calling is irrevocable).
So, that was pretty amazing (for me).
Books on Wheels (Suitcase Version)
God gave me a suitcase: (from a pile of free stuff down the road)
Which I then used as a display at church:
And then took it to the local Sunday Market:
You may have seen this verse:
At this writing nearly twenty thousand colporteurs are in service throughout the world, but this number is far from adequate to meet the need. God calls for message-filled books, magazines, and tracts to be scattered everywhere like the leaves of autumn. As church members unite with literature evangelists in spreading the good news, the task will be accomplished.
- Ellen White, The Publishing Ministry, p. 5.2
But that happened to me literally while at the Sunday market. With two minutes to go, the wind took hold of our brochure holder (with about 30-40 tracts), and they went flying everywhere. (And I mean everywhere)
This couple then helped us out, and we ended up giving them several of our books!! If it hadn't been for this sudden gust of wind, we would have never met. Could it have been a divine appointment?!?
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I woke up not feeling that great...
But some time later, I checked my phone for the time, and it said "8:38", and as I looked at it, it jumped to "8:39".
Romans 8:38-39 happens to be my favourite verse. Yay!!
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- Romans 8:38-39 (KJV)
I felt so much better after that.
A Thorn in the Flesh
I once stepped into a thorn (in my own room) to remind me that what I was going through was indeed a thorn in the flesh.
And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
- 2 Corinthians 12:7 (KJV)
To this day I have no idea where it came from.
You might say that it's all a coincidence, but I would have to disagree.
I'm not even the only one with stories like this. I believe it's quite common actually.
God is real, and He can certainly do these things.