Only recently did I learn that this great quote is credited to Albert Einstein. “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.”
It is a great and powerful quotation. Personally, my belief falls somewhere in between. There are various subtle differences in the myriad of definations of a miracle. Most agree that a miracle is the occurance of an amazing and improbable event. Generally attributed to religious origins and caused by God. Think about that for a minute.
While there is scientific explanation supporting childbirth, or the birth of any creature for that mattter, I concur that every healthy baby born is truly a miracle. There are so many things that can and do effect the normal development of a fetus. Miraculous that so many are born without complications or affective defects of sorts.
Finding a parking place in the mall during Christmas season may seem like a miracle – can that really be counted as one?
You see what I mean? We sometimes tend to minimize the true meaning of “miracle.” I do believe everyone has an angel assigned to them during life on earth. Sometimes, I receive signs or signals that I imagine are from my angel. While those signs may be improbable or amazing I hesitate to assign miracle status to them.
The movie, Miracles From Heaven, is based on the true life of Annabel Beam.
The links above are directly to sights related to the story behind the book and movie. Knowing that the events in the movie were based on actual events was not really a spoiler alert. The actors portraying the Beam family members are convincing. As the movie progresses, my tissue was ever ready and well used. I was completely absorbed in the drama of the circumstances.
From a religious or spiritual perspective, I grew up in the Catholic church. My early childhood years, I was dutifully devote. Every morning before school I attended Mass and received Communion. For many years I wanted to become a nun. I made a deal with God if He aswered my prayer I would joing the convent. I prayed ardently for what would definately have been a miracle at that time had my prayer been answered. Eventually, I came to terms with the idea that God only answers prayers that are for the greater good. In retrospect, mine were not. Nonetheless, it became more and more difficult for me to accept things based on faith or trust alone. It still is.
I can accept that things happen for a reason. The reason(s) may never be understood or revealed to us. It is difficult for me to just let go and let God, even though I just told my sister to do that I feel that I need to do something, not just wait for things to happen. Only in recent years have I again be able to “ask” my angels for assistance and guidance. I believe that they cannot intervene or interfere without being asked to do so. It is still difficult me to ask friends or family for favors for myself. Luckily, sometimes my sisters just jump in and assist without being asked. I have no problem helping others when I see a need with our without being asked to do so.
The movie, Miracles From Heaven, impressed me. Witnessing a true, modern miracle as shared by the Beam family jiggled a long ago abandonded idea that miracles indeed happen. My faith may have remained a little stronger than my trust. I have a strong spiritual connection which I have always claimed. Hope. Trust. Faith. Are they the same? I don’t know. I find it easy to hope. I’m very slow to trust. My skeptic nature finds faith unnatural.
Did watching a movie change my life today? Let’s just say that I have a lot to re-consider and re-evaluate. I express gratitude daily to my angels and God for all the gifts and blessings bestowed upon me. Maybe, maybe today I am grateful for an intangible blessing. Faith? Trust?
The movie is worth seeing.