Monday, July 16, 2012

Manna Miracles



It's not too often that I see a hummer's tongue . . . and I love it when I get a "miraculous" shot like this one! Well . . . OK, it's not really a miracle; that may be carrying it a little too far!

I wonder, though, how many miracles we miss . . . or take for granted . . . or call a "coincidence." I'm reading a book by Mark Batterson entitled The Circle Maker, which I highly recommend. He writes about the Israelites complaining about one miracle, the manna from heaven, while asking for another - meat. He reminds readers not to be too critical, however, for we do the same thing!  

There are miracles all around us all the time, yet it's so easy to find something to complain about in the midst of those miracles. The simple act of reading involves millions of impulses firing across billions of synapses. While you are reading, your heart goes about its business circulating five quarts of blood through a hundred thousand miles of veins, arteries, and capillaries. And it's amazing you can even concentrate, given the fact that you're on a planet that is traveling 67,000miles per hour through space while spinning around its axis at a speed of 1,000 miles per hour. But we take those manna miracles, the miracles that happen day in, day out, for granted.

I'm glad God is patient with us just as He was with the Israelites, but I don't want to take His patience lightly.  How much richer our lives would be if we could just see - really see - the miracles around us daily. . . and if we could learn to be content with His just-enough-for-today blessings. 

I mentioned the rarity of seeing a hummingbird's sliver of a tongue.  I certainly don't want God to say, "I rarely hear Glenda being thankful for the blessings I lavish on her."  

Lord, give me eyes wide open to your manna miracles . . . and a thankful, content heart.

21 comments:

Judy Royal Glenn said...

It's okay in my opinion to call it a miracle, or you can say....it was one of those God things:) Love when He does that for us!

Sassy Granny ... said...

I love the Bruce Carroll song "Sometimes Miracles Hide" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvdYhfCeaS4).

There are so many things I know I take for granted. And probably the biggest of the miracles in my life are those that hide in plain sight.

Great post!

S. Etole said...

We take so many things for granted that are what I think of as His "wonders."

Maple Lane said...

What a fantastic capture. Amazing photo. We have so many blessings all around us!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Yes---we need to keep our eyes open for those miracles for sure...

Beautiful photo. We finally have a few hummers around here ---so I'll have to try to get some pictures too...

Love seeing his tongue out.
Hugs,
Betsy

Nancy said...

I'm reading The Circle Maker too...trying to read just a chapter at a time to make it last! :) LOVE this picture and your thoughts!!

Lynn said...

Glenda, Einstein stated: "There are two ways to live: As if everything is a miracle, or, as if nothing is a miracle." I love the way you see miracles, for I do also. I believe that HE loves our gratitude of "seeing miracles" in every day life. Seeing that "sliver of a tongue..." is indeed rare and wonderful and a miracle. A different kind than a physical healing miracles, but one none the less. Also, your new profile photo is just lovely. Really like it. Thank you for such loving comments on my post remembering my mother. Blessings.

lil red hen said...

Now this is one powerful post! I hope God never has to say, "I rarely hear Charlotte giving thanks..." but I am finding myself whining a lot about our weather :)

Susie Swanson said...

Oh I would call it a miracle and very rare.. Aren't those little hummers so sweet...God is awesome..Blessings, Susie

Daisy said...

What a wonderful post this is, Glenda. I really enjoyed it. Thank you.

Beth said...

Just what I needed to hear, Glenda! Thank you for being His messenger!:>)

Kathy said...

Spectacular!

Janice Haney said...

I believe in miracles both great and small, seen and unseen.

The Café Sucré Farine said...

So true! Thanks for a great reminder to be thankful! That is one of the prettiest pictures I've ever seen!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I always try to be thankful for every day blessings. There are many. Right now it is raining here and we badly needed it. I'm thankful for a summer shower today. Your Humming bird picture is priceless. Who knew they had tongues like that.

Karen said...

What a great pic! And I loved the instrumental of How Great Thou Art. You are right. It is easy to get sidetracked by the irritations and miss the miracles! Have a blessed weekend.

Connie said...

Such a nice post. We had a nice shower of rain today; it brought tears to my eyes. It is so dry around us. The farmers are having a very hard time keeping their spirits up.

Anneliese said...

So true! It's good to remember how much we have to be thankful for. Every day miracles that we take for granted until they are gone.

Pamela said...

Oh my...I have never seen a hummer's tongue. We have so much, have seen so much that we do forget to focus on the miraculous. Thank you for calling us back to watching for God's miracles.

Sarah (Nikki) said...

wow and double wow. This shot is incredible and I totally agree with you that miracles are everywhere and especially that He's so totally patient with us....at least with me. I think sometimes if I were Him I'd have given up on me a long time ago.

my diary said...

nice post thanks for sharing i found your blog thrue other followers...looking for to visit more...blessings across the miles..