Sunday, March 6, 2011

Natural and Supernatural

I have a story to tell about my granddaughter and would have loved to post a photo of her but she was shy about it .... so I'll just tell the story.
She recently came home from a week long school field trip in Quebec with her French Immersion classmates.
I, of course prayed for her safety but I also prayed that she would in some way have an encounter with God.

She did.

In Quebec City there is a tubing hill that, according to my granddaughter makes Whistler or Manning hills look tame. The one in Quebec City is almost vertical steep, sheer ice and very fast! But apparently, very fun with many runs.

Coming down one run, my granddaughter came to a stop and stood up in her tube talking to some friends who had also just come down. She wasn't concerned about getting out of the way because she was sure there was no one behind her.

She had her back to the hill, her friends facing the hill.
Suddenly their expressions changed and they cried out her name in alarm.

My granddaughter had just enough time to turn her head to see two tire tubes careening at full speed toward her before they both hit her tube. The impact sent their tubes in opposite directions and tossed my granddaughter into the air with no where to come down but on the ice.

She landed ... not on the ice .... but cushioned in an empty tire tube.. Not hurt at all !

Her friends immediately all came running to her - not to exclaim about the chances of her landing in an empty tire tube -- that would have been miracle enough.

No .. they all exclaimed, "WHERE did that tire tube come from ??? There WAS NO TIRE TUBE THERE!"
They are still talking about it, baffled about how a tire tube could appear out of no where.

Of course... I know where it came from ... and so does my granddaughter.

A miracle ! We love them don't we ? When God's supernatural breaks into our 'natural' ?
And yet, recently I have been thinking how wrong we have it .
We have defined 'natural' as something science can explain ... and supernatural something they can't.
Yet in the truest sense, EVERYTHING is supernatural .. everything we see was created by God who spoke it into existence with His word. The very laws we call 'natural' were supernaturally designed/decreed by Him.

So how difficult it it for Him to do what we call a 'miracle' ?

He invites His children to ask in His name ... and He will do it ... Why do we not ask more ? And why are we surprised when our prayers are answered ?
Delight... awe... praise ....honor.... are all appropriate responses to our great God ...
but 'doubt' is not.
May the words in Ephesians 3:20 lift our hearts in joy, and turn our faces to the Lord who is not only a great and awesome God .. but also our loving Father who desires to give good things to His children.

Eph 3:20 "Now to him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,,, to Him be glory !!!!!"


Karin said...

Yes, I totally agree! EVERYTHING has been designed by Him! I am in total awe and give Him praise. So glad that God planned for your granddaughter (and her friends!) to have an encounter with Him and He spared her in a wonderful way! Years ago our nephew - 10 at the time - also had an encounter with God when He was tubing down a hill - his tube however, hit a rock, the tube flew out from under him and he landed hard on the rock and is forever in a wheelchair. He is a teacher, a father of 3 and a godly man!

In all things God is God and will have His way with us! Praise to Him!

Lovella ♥ said...

That is a wonderful testimony to God's amazing and awesome attention to details in our lives. She'll take that one with her the rest of her life. Thanks for sharing Julie. .we need more stories like this. .they encourage us greatly.

ellen b. said...

That is so great Julie! I'm glad God sent that tube to cushion her landing!

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

What an incredible story of God's protection and intervention...something your granddaughter will never forget!

Anneliese said...

Love that story! I'm sure your granddaughter will continue to let you know when she needs prayer. Even thought we can all call on God anytime, the umbrella of a praying grandparent is a special gift.

betty r said...

Thank you for sharing Julie, I loved this story. Another reminder that prayer is not in vain.

Sandy said...

Our Father is above and beyond what we can possibly imagine in this life.
Praise and Glory to Him for protecting your grand.

Marg said...

He provided her with a soft touching and moving, especially as you described this story. Amazing how God can still use us to impact his special ones.
And as you continue reaching out, God will have a soft landing for you too Julie. I was so touched by this special post.

James Janzen said...

everyday life has soo many lessons and show God's hand in protecting us if we only open our eyes to it. I love it when you turn everyday life experiences into a bible lesson.