The other night I watched Oprah’s Leadership Academy for Girls. The show was about Oprah’s idea to create a prestigious school for female South African teenagers who have the standard and attitude of leaders. The college opened early January of this year 2007.
All girls featured on the show came from poor neighborhoods. Besides, despite their young age, all have experienced very harsh circumstances: lack of parents and close relatives, abandonment, impoverishment… However, what stroke me most as I watched the show was girls’spirit acim. These were all looking up for a lighter future, hoping and working for an improved life compared to one their parents or grandparents had. All show determination to succeed, to achieve.
When I contemplate it, Oprah’s project to create a school for these girls that she never met before is a plain miracle. Usually we call an event a miracle once we believe it is impossible for it to occur right here, right now. How could these bright girls quit their world of poverty and pursue a whole new road of high standing education without a miracle? And how would they afford such education? Guess what? not just they got the education but they did not need to pay a cent for it either. That is a miracle.
Thus, miracle is not solely some supernatural, unexplained circumstances. Miracle also happens when someone hears this call of his/her life, pays focus on and acts on it. Like anything else, miracles come in different sizes, some small and some large, but they are all miracles. They can originate from you and me.
Don’t you think a miracle happens when you decide to be kinder for your requirements spouse? take more time with your kids? give some funds to the needy? volunteer your time and energy to the area library? visit an elderly neighbor? smile to a stranger?
Miracles happen once we stop being indifferent.
But just like miracles can originate from simple human, they can as well originate from God, that’s when no human is active in the accomplishment of the miracle. Today an individual has cancer, tomorrow he’s healed, completely cancer free. Why? how? nobody knows, but it is an undeniable fact that the patient is healed.
Don’t await a miracle to occur to alter your life. Allow you to ultimately engage in it. Whenever you hear the call, answer it. It is a soft but clear and persistent voice in you mind. Don’t shut it down.