Small Miracles

April 9, 2021
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Isaiah 64:1-3 – O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence — as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil — to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the nations might tremble at your presence! When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence. (NRSV)

My husband and I planted our first garden last year. During the COVID-19 shutdown, we had more leisure time than usual and needed a project to keep our minds and hands occupied. Not all of our crop prospered, but the garden held our interest for months and made us want to do better this year.

In early June, I planted two different types of nasturtiums, which are annuals that bloom in a variety of colours. These plants thrive in poor soil, with little water and care. I planted several rows of them, and their stalks and leaves soon grew and grew. Then, one by one, they died. I don't know why. I wound up planting beans and lettuce where the nasturtiums had been.

Imagine my surprise when, in early September, a new nasturtium plant appeared behind the beans — an amazing small miracle.

The prophet Isaiah had heard many stories of mountain-quaking, nation-trembling miracles! God is certainly capable of those big, awesome events. Most of us will never experience a miracle like that — God doesn't usually work that way. But we can watch for His small miracles, like a friend calling when you most need her, a story on the radio that really hits home, and a nasturtium sprouting three months after being planted. Let's watch for them, and be blessed by them as a reminder of all that God can do!

Prayer: Omnipotent God, thank You for miracles big and small. Help us to notice them and recognize Your blessings, for they give us hope. Amen.

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Kim Sheard <kimsheard@aol.com>
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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen Kim.


    May we do just that, Kim.


    Welcome. Loved your devotion. Let’s hear/read more.


    Amen Kim – thank you for reminding us to LOOK for God’s small miracles. They are all around us. God Bless you.


    Yes! Praise God for those tiny daily miracles that totally bless us! Thanks for sharing this devotional with us. Blessings.


    Lovely memory, Kim. It will remain, I’m certain, in the mind of every small plot gardener who puts seed to soil this year. Thank you.


    Thanks for the devotion. Reminds me of my childhood in Africa. Mom always grew them. They are edible and a great part of your salad.


    Thanks for this devotional, Kim. I don’t remember seeing your name before, but I hope you will contribute more. May God bless you in this ministry.


    God has blessed me with more small and large miracles than I can count. Some are like your flower, small but still a miracle. Thank you for your devotional.


    Dear Kim,
    I appreciate your encouraging devotional. It is amazing how many small miracles that God gives us through each day, prompting us to give Him thanks.


    Good Morning Kim,
    Thank you for your devotional today. When sister-in-law and her husband visited us two years ago, they took home quite a few iris “rhizomes” that had been just sitting in a sack in our garage waiting for someone to want them. The next spring, she sent photos of their beautiful iris. God does miracles all the time if we just open our eyes.
    (Texas)


    Hello,
    Small tip for planting nasturtium, soak the seeds overnight, they spout easier.
    Chances are something ate the roots and killed them. I am glad you are enjoying gardening.
    Personally, I like God’s smaller miracles, they tend to be more personal.
    Thank you for today’s devotional.
    God bless.


    Dear Kim,
    Such hope we receive when we recognize those small miracles that improve our life and the lives of people around us. Some people say that God’s miracles don’t happen anymore and wonder why. They miss out on the joy and blessings that are happening around them.
    Thank you for sharing your experience with gardening last year and may you have many more wonderful experiences to come. The miracle of a tiny seed being able to produce a beautiful flower or fruit or leaves is a miracle within itself and to have the chance to behold that beauty is also a gift. May God bless you with many miracles.


    Last year an allium plant appeared after not having been seen, for 10 years.
    Then it put out stalk!
    I took a photo and placed it in my journal as it had a message for me.
    New life is always possible. Never give up.
    Did your nasturtium have a message for you?

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