For many years a small wooden puzzle has had a place on my shelf. Perhaps Mother gave it to me, or I found it amongst her things. The picture is of a Mama rabbit with several wee bunnies surrounding her, and the words “Always anticipate a miracle.” This small 1.25” wide x 1.75” tall four-piece puzzle represents much greater things to me. Just a tiny trinket to some, I find myself loath to part with it.
I have thought about the message of the puzzle over time. Anticipation, miracles, and the admonition to always anticipate them. Miracles potentially happening at any moment is a concept oft overlooked. Like the prolific reproduction of bunnies, perhaps miracles in the unseen world are just normal supernatural events. Ones that we miss recognizing if our vision is tuned to our carnality and worldly things, rather than fine tuned to spiritual things. Like delightful baby bunnies popping out of hedgerows unexpectedly, miracles might surround and delight us, if we could only see.
Paul admonishes us in Philippians 4:8 that “whatsoever things are true . . . noble . . . just . . . pure . . . lovely . . . of good report . . . if there is any virtue and anything praiseworthy,” that we are to “meditate on these things.” To tune our minds to the goodness God rains down on us. To look for the positive in all that is happening around us. To search for the light in the darkness. To perhaps always anticipate a miracle?
So often we are distracted with life’s problems and concerns, for those things shout at us more loudly and persistently. Yet as a member of God’s Kingdom we are granted the peace of God, which passes all understanding, if we would but keep our hearts tuned to the LORD (see Philippians 4:7).
Webster’s partial definition of a “miracle” is 1: an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs (the healing miracles described in the Gospels) 2: an extremely outstanding or unusual event, thing, or accomplishment (The bridge is a miracle of engineering)
Isn’t it a wonder that our gracious Heavenly Father would enter our lives in endless, amazing ways? That all of life itself is a miracle in which we dwell? That the goodness and beauty of life may wash over us in unusual moments, yet even more so in the mundane and the everyday?
Synonyms for “anticipation” are contemplation, expectance, expectancy, expectation, prospect.
So perhaps with a change in the way one views, perceives things, the more surprised by the miraculous one might be. A tiny shift in oneself may open a vista of great and wondrous things.