Miracles happen all the time

The Universe wants to write about miracles today and who am I to disagree?

We may think the world is going to hell in a handbasket, or worry about 1,001 things that may or may not happen. Our poor loving minds try in two million ways to keep us safe, happy, healthy and content.

But it’s Truth with a Capital T that miracles are happening around us all the time. Unexpected gifts. Ordinary offerings like smiles, hellos, how ya doin’ today my dear friend?

There’s ice fishermen heading out to fish on a frozen bay. They can walk, pull sled, perhaps bring home lake trout or whitefish for their families.

To be able to walk is miracle enough, isn’t it?

I know people who cannot walk who would give anything to take just one more saunter. Just one.

Perhaps the Universe wants to talk about not giving up. Perhaps there’s someone reading this post who feels utterly hopeless. Perhaps you’re the one who needs to hear that leaning trees can stay upright, refrigerators keep on humming, people heal from death sentences.

Fortunes can unexpectedly shift from one breath to the next.

I just returned from a walk up and down the road. It started out 32 degrees with a slight breeze. By the end wind huffed and puffed and tried to blow the walker down. My ears hurt with cold. But, hey, why complain? Life feels energizing after a cold blowy walk and my cheeks are still rosy. And I can still walk.

Every time I meander up and down the road I look at that tree. Do you see the poplar leaning half-sideways over the road? For twenty or thirty years we’ve said: That tree is gonna fall. It can’t last another season. It’s going to topple. That tree is history.

And every year we’re wrong. The tree roots remain steadfast. It leans but does not fall.

The tree seems to say: You can’t predict what or when something will happen. Miracles do occur. Don’t write me off so quickly. Can you live in a little more not-knowing? Can you live a little less fixated on worries, lack, fear?

Our refrigerator, down in the basement next to the wood room, is another testament. We bought this frig when we were young whipper-snappers in 1983. (Actually, I think a grandparent may have bought it for us considering our lack of finances while building our house from scratch.)

Our son graduated from high school in 2000 and we threw a graduation party. We had read that these refrigerators didn’t last much longer than fifteen years and I didn’t want the darlin’ to die when filled with bowls of coleslaw, meatballs and lunch meat. I insisted we buy a new one.

We did.

Do you think that old refrigerator died during the graduation party? It is STILL running 22 years later. Still humming away down in the basement. We have bought THREE refrigerators upstairs in those years, but Old Faithful keeps on running.

Miracle, do you think?

Who knows why Big miracles with a capital “B” happen? Some people claim prayer. Others urge positive thinking. Some suggest it’s all random. I’m no longer as interested in why they occur–simply the fact that they DO occur fills my heart with gratitude.


Have you known people with cancer or other diseases who miraculously beat the odds? I know someone filled with tumors who still lives many years later. People who have lost all their money yet somehow reset to thrive. Others who suffered in pain who are now pain-free.

Anything is possible.

Anything. Is. Possible.

(And when miracles don’t happen? Then perhaps we allow our heart to open in compassion again and again and again, humble to how much we don’t know, how much it sometimes hurts on this life-journey. How we can keep walking each other Home…holding each other’s hands when it hurts.)

The Universe gives and the Universe takes away and you never know when the apple will fall from the tree. There’s a mystery and gift in not-knowing, not-presuming, not-imagining that we’ve got this figured out.

That’s what the Universe wants to say today.

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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31 Responses to Miracles happen all the time

  1. Ally Bean says:

    I’m no longer as interested in why they occur–simply the fact that they DO occur fills my heart with gratitude.

    Hear, hear. I’m to the same point in my life. I see miracles, sometimes I can figure a reason, other times I cannot. This used to bother me not to know for sure, but now I’m more into saying “cool beans” and accepting what’s in front of me. As I sometimes remind myself, just say YAY!

    • Kathy says:

      Love that–“cool beans”. Exactly! There’s probably a million different answers to “why” but the fact that miracles DO happen is the miracle itself! Thank you, Ally Bean. ❤

  2. Lovely post Kathy and a great read. I am so very glad for both strong trees and faithful fridges.

  3. Stacy says:

    I cannot pretend that I have it figured out. But, today a pro fishing tournament is being held on the lake today, and Granddaughter got to see the anglers launch. Every day is a miracle, at least that’s how I am able to perceive life when she is around. XOXO

  4. Debbie says:

    Lovely post, Kathy. I think when we open our eyes and ears to miracles, we become more aware of them all around us. Sure, it’s easy during the deepest part of winter when a pandemic is going on to fret and fear; however, perhaps it’s a miracle we don’t know what’s going to happen. That way, we’re called to trust. Love the story about your fridge and yes, I can believe it. Things today are made with “planned obsolescence,” while decades ago, they were made to last.

    • Kathy says:

      Yes, Debbie, you are so right about how it can be easier–or just more pervasive–for us to stew during another winter with the pandemic. Maybe that’s why this story needed to be written today. I know I need to remind myself of this when in the middle of a funk. As for planned obsolescence–YES, I remember reading about this in a college econ course and being appalled that companies even do this! (Wondering if the refrigerator will stop now or the tree will fall this week, lol.)

  5. davidoriname says:

    It comes at the least expected time but never the less see it coming without a date…

    • Kathy says:

      That is so true. Miracles come at the least expected times, kind of like a warm breeze suddenly blowing after the coldest of winter days. Thank you for commenting.

  6. jeffstroud says:

    Kathy, Great post! Yes, Miracles happen all the time. Yet it seems many do not take the time to witness these events or to practically rational to see them. A tree that bends this way or that
    trying to reach its place in the Sun or place the roots in the ground to be stable and majestic.
    There is a saying in the rooms of recovery meetings that is often shared with a newcomer or a person who has gone out again, “Don’t leave before the Miracle happens.” when they are struggling to get on steady ground; when they struggle with doubt and fear that they will never get clean and sober. Though seating all around them the miracle is in evidence!
    Belief, faith, and willingness that something wonderful can and will happen. Even if is a refrigerator that has had a long prosperous life.

    • Kathy says:

      Jeff, I love how excited you get about spirituality posts–about things like miracles happening all the time. What a cool quote about not leaving before the miracle happens! I have never heard that before. And your sentence: Though seating all around them the miracle is in evidence! Isn’t that the truth? The miracle is around us all the time, even when our mind tries to convince us otherwise.

  7. Oh yes, the universe is full of miracles! Your leaning poplar tree made me think of my husband who had a near-fatal heart attack 14 years ago. Even his doctors think it’s a miracle he’s still with us, still standing. Yup, hearts can keep on ticking in spite of the odds. Feeling grateful that we can still walk, too, in spite of our aches and pains.

    • Kathy says:

      Barbara, your husband is a perfect example of a miracle. A Big Miracle. How wonderful that he was able to survive after that heart attack–and even thrive through his many outdoor walks in nature. Feeling grateful that he (and you) were granted reprieve. ((Hugs and blessings today to you both!))

  8. Anna says:

    Thank you for this post. It brought on a moment of gratitude as I thought of the little miracles of everyday life. I was watching a program about how experiencing a sense of awe can change our brains and prolong life. And to experience more awe…go out into nature.

    • Kathy says:

      Anna, isn’t that fascinating? To think that awe can change our biology. I’m in awe of that thought. And just got back from a mile-long walk so have been immersed in nature too. Wishing some of that for you today.

  9. Dale says:

    Wonderful post, Kathy!

    A blogger I follow has a weekly (or thereabouts) post entitled “Miracle. All of it.” and then he shares whatever it is that has struck his fancy. All of these posts have the following footnote:

    “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
    ― Albert Einstein

    I could not agree more. 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      I LOVE that quote, Dale! Good old Albert got quite a few things right, didn’t he? I have written so many miracle blog posts over the years…I’m sure you have, too. Even if they’re disguised or hidden, they do tend to shine through. If we but notice.

      • Dale says:

        It is such a good one. He really did 🙂 I love that miracles, small and large are always lurking if we but take the time to see 🙂
        Happy Friday!

  10. dawnkinster says:

    Lovely post. I believe in miracles, they are all around us!

    • Kathy says:

      You have posted many miracles in your blog lately–the winged variety especially. Such amazing creatures. We have purple finches and pine grosbeaks galore at the feeder sharing their gorgeous colors and feathers.

  11. We are so complacent about miracles (we, the human race) and yet, as you show in your post here, they happen all the time. I prefer to think like the Universe, and like you. Don’t worry about it, but also celebrate all the incredible things that happen every day. Walking, breathing, loving, listening to the hum of an ancient refrigerator and the song of a baby bird. Miracles, all. xo

    • Kathy says:

      Pam, there are so many ways the world and our minds seek to convince us that our lives are ordinary, worrisome, fearful, lacking. Yet if we but open our eyes and ears and senses–I do believe those miracles will keep presenting themselves. Thank you!

  12. Val Boyko says:

    It only takes a small shift in our focus to bring our world to miraculous life. Perhaps when we all do this together more miracles will occur. I’m going to keep trying anyway 🥰

  13. Tonya Green says:

    Thank you, I needed to hear that!!❤️👵🏼

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