Our local grocery store does a Monopoly game about once a year. You get a monopoly “piece” for every X number of dollars you spend. They also have certain items where you get extra pieces for purchasing that specific item. Within each piece are four individual pieces (like properties in the real Monopoly game), each numbered to correspond with spaces on a monopoly board. Instead of getting to build hotels if you get a Monopoly, in the grocery store game you win prizes. The prizes range from $5 cash to luxury cars to college tuition to a million dollars! Addy just knew we were going to win a million dollars.
My bible study ladies, friends, friends of friends, and random strangers in front of us in line at the grocery store, would donate their pieces to our million dollar mission. We easily had over 1,000 pieces and with four pieces inside that’s over 4,000 of these things floating all over the house. When I tell you we were, and are, swimming in monopoly pieces, you cannot even begin to imagine. The girls and I spent hours tearing them apart, hunting for them on the monopoly board, then excitedly taping them down when we found a match. We had so much fun doing it together and had so many good heart-to-heart talks.
The more pieces we did, the fewer we needed to win. The excitement was palpable. My cynical self just knew we weren’t going to win anything. My hopeful innocent 9 year old was the opposite. With each piece she opened she got more and more disappointed when it wasn’t a match, when it wasn’t a winner.
One evening Addy and I were diligently opening, tearing and expectantly matching the pieces with the board. She did a bunch in a row where she had zero matches. It was so frustrating for her naïve heart. She exclaimed “It is going to take a miracle for us to win anything!” We kept opening, kept matching, and about 3 minutes later it happened.
MOM! WE WON! She started yelling and jumping up and down. We had won a $5 grocery store gift card. It was the miracle she had asked for.
God does miracles all day every day. Sometimes big ones (curing cancer, restoration of relationships, etc) and sometimes small ones (winning $5 monopoly game), but a miracle is a miracle. Look for God today. If you aren’t looking for him you just might miss Him, and miss his miracle for your life today.
Jeremiah 32:27 – I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?
Deuteronomy 10:21 – He is the one you praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes.
John 2:11 – What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
Luke 18:27 – Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”
Job 5:8-9 – But if I were you, I would appeal to God; I would lay my cause before him. He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.