Have you heard that wonderful song by Sarah McClaughlin, “Ordinary Miracles”? Here are some of the lyrics:

It’s not that unusual
When everything is beautiful
It’s just another
Ordinary miracle today

The sky knows when it’s time to snow
Don’t need to teach a seed to grow
It’s just another
Ordinary miracle today

Life is like a gift, they say
Wrapped up for you every day
Open up, and find a way
To give some of your own

Isn’t it remarkable?
Like every time a raindrop falls
It’s just another
Ordinary miracle today

We are surrounded by daily, ordinary miracles. It’s so beautiful, isn’t it? Then on occasion, we may experience less ordinary miracles.

Recently, I was dashing to the grocery store.  I grabbed my light laptop computer on the way out. This turned out to be a mistake. In my rush, I thought I would just read the ingredients for the recipes off of the computer when I got to the store. (This way I wouldn’t have to look for my then missing phone:).

I zipped around the grocery store, popping things into the cart, then paying for the items and heading for the car. I rapidly placed the bags in the car and drove away. My thoughts whirled with to-do list items as I headed home. Soon, I was in the kitchen, raring to go. I cast my eyes about, looking for my computer. Had I forgotten to bring it back to the house? I checked the car-no luck. Huh. Where was it? I called the store. They didn’t have it. Weird. I received a notification message on FB. Someone named Greg had found my computer.

His message read: “Hi, I think I found your laptop. It looks like it’s been run over…”. Suddenly it clicked. I had placed my laptop on top of the car while loading groceries. Then I forgot about it and drove home on paved, well-traveled cement roads. Yikes!

Greg and I made a plan to meet up. A twenty-something, he got out of his car that featured skiing and climbing bumper stickers, and handed me the laptop. Sure enough, the tell-tale dust of tire tracks traversed the top of the computer. The stunner was that this was the only difference in the top of the computer I had known before it left on a “field trip.” After I wiped the tire dust off, it was fine! I turned it over. There were a few almost unnoticeable scuffs and the tiniest dent. Wow. When I got it home, I opened it. It worked like a charm, as though it had never slid from the top of a car traveling at approximately 35 miles per hour onto a cement road below. This was the first miracle.

The second was the goodness of Greg. Before we met up, I had taken money from my wallet to thank him. I tried to hand him this cash. He refused. I tried a second time. He refused again. Finally, I said, “It would make me so happy if you would please take this token of thanks.” He took it. I said, “Greg, the greatest gift I could actually give you is knowledge about Jesus Christ, but given the way you took the time to retrieve and return this computer to me, I am guessing you already know a lot about Him.”

Greg looked wistful for a moment. He said, essentially, “You know one time I was skiing and wearing a “GoPro” device on my head (for filming). I was in a snowstorm and the GoPro blew off. I never saw it again. It was a terrible feeling…I have never wanted anyone else to have that feeling.”

How awesomely compassionate is that?

In the journalism world, we sometimes hear the phrase “If it bleeds, it leads.” This means of course, that journalists will often lead with what, unfortunately, is a big seller: bad news. The good news is that there is so much good news! We don’t hear nearly enough about it. There is so much humanity, compassion, and decency. You know this because you do deeply kind things all the time, and the world at large has no idea about them.

Someday, in heaven, I hope we will hear all about your quiet acts of goodness, and those of all of our brothers and sisters. I envision us sitting in some very large gathering space, sharing stories. It will be so much fun, to thank people in heaven whom we have not had the chance to thank (or thank enough) here on earth. I am excited about this!

Until that day, we can enjoy the ordinary and less ordinary miracles around us here. Have you experienced a less ordinary miracle? I would love to hear about it in the comments!

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