Melvyn Tan
September 24, 2013 — By tanmelvyn@gmail.com

Do You See A Miracle Or A Misery?

[blockquote source=”Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV)“]Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.[/blockquote] I was reading the sample of E-Myth Mastery […]

[blockquote source=”Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV)“]Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.[/blockquote]

I was reading the sample of E-Myth Mastery by Michael Gerber.  There is, but, this one paragraph that struck me.  Gerber mentioned that a rabbi read one of his books and was inspired by it.  During their conversation, the rabbi went on to offer examples of how miracles found “in the Bible are just biblical in nature, but happening around us every single day“.

Further, the rabbi said that “I have come to think that the Red Sea has parted for each and every one of us in our own singularly unique and miraculously unpredictable way, over and over and over again.  The tragedy is we don’t see it.  [For] if we saw it, our lives would be transformed“.

This rings true for me, and I wonder if it is the same for you.

Many a times, we tend to focus so much on the door that just closed that we missed the one that had opened.  Many a times, we tend to focus on what we do not have instead of what we have been blessed with.  Many a times, we tend to focus on what we cannot do and deny ourselves the experience of the present.  Many a times, we tend to lament that God didn’t answer our prayers, but we fail to realise that He is working on miracles every day in our lives.

Just couple of months ago I was feeling kinda low as I was concerned about my professional goals for this year.  I was just so caught up with how much more do I need in order to achieve my goals.  I was feeling frustrated that the prospects are not coming back soon enough.  It was a terrible state to be in.

Amidst all these, my wife gave birth to a beautiful and healthy baby girl.  My son became a big brother to his little sister!

Then I spoke to a principal, who was sharing with me how he and his wife tried for six years before they had their second child.

Then it hit me.  Here I am, this event, the birth of my second child just slightly more than two years after our first, is a miracle!  It is the parting of the Red Sea!  And yet, I have been so blinded by it that I have overlooked it.

Immediately, when I realised this, I told my wife about it and we both thanked the LORD for blessing us with baby Esther!

I wonder if you have your own “parting of the Red Sea” moments that you may care to share.  But brothers and sisters, sometime to be able to hear what God has to say to us, we need to silent our mind.

One of the ways to silent our minds is to meditate, or if some of you are uncomfortable with that term, then contemplate.  Meditate on the word of God daily.  Here’s how I do it.

Using HEAP as my structure, I’d do the following:

  • Honor God’s Word – pray to God to help you pick up a verse from the Bible that will help you move forward as you pursue your passion to fulfil your purpose.  Set aside some time, maybe 20 minutes, to read the Bible.  I have found that it is best to do it first thing in the morning.  Before Esther was born, I used to get up at around 4.30am daily just to read the Bible
  • Experience – with the verse that you have picked out, look at it through your own  experiences.  What are some of your unique experiences that you can relate to?  How did this verse worked in your life?
  • Application – suggest a way that you can apply this verse in your life.  From here, you would be able to not only apply the teachings in the Bible to your everyday life, you would also be able to share this with others!
  • Pray – always end of the session with a prayer.  Give thanks to God.  Because truly, what God can do is indeed “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine”

Dear LORD, thank you for doing for us immeasurably more than all we could ask or imagine.  Thank you for the Holy Spirit that is at work within us and be glory to Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  In His name, Amen.