What really is a miracle? According to Google, a miracle is “a surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore considered to be the work of a divine agency.”
Another definition says “a highly improbable or extraordinary event, development, or accomplishment that brings very welcome consequences.”
Take note of the words “highly improbable”. How about the timeline? Who says a miracle has to happen in a flash or an instant? Can a miracle take days, weeks, months and even years to complete?
Can miracles happen in stages?
The answer is an emphatic YES!
Unfortunately, some of us get frustrated when a miracle that we have asked God for, does not come in the instant that we request for it, and we erroneously conclude that God did not hear us.
Jesus healed a lot of people in his life time. He healed a number of diseases and sometimes He healed an exact same disease in different ways.
Take for example, the blind man in Luke chapter eighteen verses forty to forty three, Jesus just said “receive your sight; your faith has healed you,” and that was it…in an instant! That’s the type of miracle we all want. We want it so bad that it happening in an instant has been an addition to the definition of the word “miracle”.
For another blind man in Mark chapter eight verses twenty two to twenty six, Jesus healed him quite differently. First He led him out of a village, next He spat in his eyes and then asked him what he saw (the man saw men like trees). Jesus then touched his eyes and asked him to look again before he finally saw. That must have taken a while…but was that any less a miracle than the one that happened in an instant? No, because he regaining his sight was still a “highly improbable event inexplicable by scientific or natural laws”
I invite you to look back over your life and appreciate all the miracles that God has performed. What miracle did you ask God for that you received? What answer to prayer have you gotten? How are you different now than you were before? After this, encourage yourself with the knowledge that He who did it before would do it again!