January 22, 2015 | Kacey Chambers |
Written By: Dr. Steve Whitaker, Head of School
Have you ever experienced a miracle? Albert Einstein said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as if nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is a miracle.” As we begin a new year, I want to invite you to witness, not just one, but three miracles.
Look Above You
When the sun sets tonight, walk outside and look above you. The moon will be nearly full. The sky will be painted with the majesty of shining stars. Stop for just a moment and contemplate the vastness of creation. If you could board a spaceship and travel 186,000 mph, it would take 100,000 years for you to get from one side of the Milky Way to the other. The sun is just one of billions of stars, but it is not the biggest star in the Galaxy.
In Isaiah 40:25-26 the Creator says, “So, who is like me? Who holds a candle to me? Look at the night skies: Who do you think made all this? Who marches this army of stars out each night, counts them off, calls each by name – so magnificent, so powerful – and never overlooks a single one?” When you look at the night sky you are witnessing a miracle.
Look Around You
To look above you at the wonders of the night sky is indescribable. To look around you and examine the delicacy of a rose or the majesty of the crashing wave is spectacular. To do both you must use a most remarkable creation – the human eye. In The Origin of Species, Darwin confessed his consternation when he wrote: “To suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest sense.” The eye accounts for just one-four-thousandth of your body weight but it processes nearly 80 percent of all information coming to you from the outside world. Your eye has 130 million rod-shaped cells and six million cone-shaped cells that translate data. The human eye is a miracle of magnificent proportion.
Look Inside You
The greatest miracle of all is seen inside you. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts.” The writer is talking about the human spirit or soul. It’s what distinguishes humankind from the rest of creation. You and I have been created with the miraculous capacity for a relationship with the King of kings and Lord of lords. This wonder is best seen in the incarnation – the moment when God humbled himself and took on human flesh. He did it so that our hearts could be made whole. He became a man so that men and women could become children of God. C.S. Lewis says, “Every other miracle prepares for this, or exhibits this, or results from this. It is the central event in the history of the Earth—the very thing that the whole story has been about.” If you know Jesus as your personal Savior, you know what I’m talking about. If not, let this be the year when you become a Christ-follower.
Mark Batterson says “You aren’t just surrounded by miracles. You are one.”
Let’s make 2015 the year of miracles. Begin every day by reminding yourself that the breath you breathe, the heartbeat that gives you life, and the hand of your child are all miracles. Don’t take any of these things for granted. Living a life of gratitude will produce a happier home, a healthier life, and the applause of a Heavenly Father who knows you, and more than a billion stars, by name.
Steve D. Whitaker, Ph. D.
Head of School