The Case for Slow Miracles

I was talking to my daughter Megan today about miracles. She was commenting on the fact that just because miracles don’t happen instantaneously doesn’t mean they aren’t miracles.

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This is certainly the case for Megan and her husband, Joel. They have been patiently working through the adoption process now for more than a year. They still don’t have their babies, but this does not mean that God is not at work.

Perhaps he simply has a different timetable.

Occasionally, God works in an instant. But this, I think, is the exception. Usually, He works over a long period of time. This doesn’t make it any less miraculous, but it is certainly less dramatic.

I recently heard a story that illustrates this point beautifully.

There once was an king who didn’t believe in miracles. One day, while he was seated in a garden, one of his closest counselors began speaking of the wonderful works of God. He went on and on about how God was constantly at work—in the little things and the big.”

Initially the king listened politely. Finally, however, he had had enough. “Show me a sign,” said the king, “and I will believe.”

The sage thought for a moment. He then pulled something out of his pocket.

“Here are four acorns,” said the counselor. “Please, your Majesty, plant them in the ground. When you are finished, stoop down for a moment and look into this clear pool of water?”

The king did so.

“Now,” said the sage, “look up.” The king looked up and saw four enormous oak trees where he had planted the acorns.

“Wonderful!” the king exclaimed, “this is indeed a miracle—the work of God.”

“How long were you looking into the water?” asked the sage.

“Only a second,” said the king.”

“Eighty years have passed as a second,” said the counselor.

Skeptically, the king looked at his garments; they were threadbare. He then looked at his reflection in the water; he had become an old man. His skin was wrinkled and his beard was white.

“There is no miracle here, then,” he said angrily.

“Yes,” said the sage, “but it is God’s work nonetheless, whether he did it in one second or in eighty years.”

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  • Carla

    This is such a great illustration! As I heal from my broken back last year, and recent other issues I am constantly reminded of God’s miracles and that His timing and process is what matters, not mine! This fits with your blog about asking the right questions in difficult or tragic circumstances. Frances Schaeffer wrote years ago, “He is Here and He is Not Silent.” I believe that fervently. I have to learn to look and to listen to know His presence and touch. Healing and Faith are not a destination, they are a journey, a process. The poor king, looking so long at his reflection totally missed the process.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      That was the first Francis Schaeffer book I ever read. It changed the course of my life!

    • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

      “He is Here and He is Not Silent.”!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://www.jeremysconfessions.com Jeremy’s Confessions

      Thanks for the book recommendation. I will check it out.

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      I am adding this book to my ‘to-reads’ list

  • Thoexter

    As many successful people have attested… it took them years to become an overnight success. Slow and steady wins the race… and faith.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I love the overnight success analogy. It is truly parallel.

    • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

      That is true!

    • Anonymous

      Love that. Never thought of it that way.

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      That’s great perspective Thoexter. Thanks

  • http://twitter.com/promobrain Mike Freestone

    Love this! It is miracle alone that we can be taught patience through the circumstances of life. That often takes time. A blessing by God is a miracle whether it was in an instant or years…and we should be thankful either way.

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      That’s true Mike! We need to understand the principle TTT (Things Take Time) in our life.

  • http://jhwist.tumblr.com/ Henrik Wist

    Michael, this is a great story. For me, kids are both an instantaneous miracle (the birth) and a miracle over a long period (seeing them grow up).
    P.S.: You might want to exchange one ‘kind’ for a ‘king’.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for the correction to that typo!

    • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

      And sometimes just the fact that they survive to grow up is a miracle in itself. Our fourth, two years old, loves to touch our fifth, four months old. Especially in the eyes. he’s fascinated with her eyes. It will be a miracle if she survies his “brotherly love”. ;)

    • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

      Though even birth, though it’s “instantaneous,” has a LONG prelude. I’ve experienced the waiting for a child 3 times now (and am going through it for the fourth time now), and each time there’s a physical reminder of the miracle that’s being created inside my wife. Nine months is such a long time to wait, to trust. It can sometimes even be painful.

      • http://jhwist.tumblr.com/ Henrik Wist

        Agreed, it’s a long prelude and usually painful, but isn’t it all forgotten in the exact moment of delivery? That’s the instantaneous miracle I had in mind.

        Btw, good luck and all the best for number four!

      • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

        Perfect example! Thanks.

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      It’s like a plant. Plants do not turn into trees overnight. It takes years.

  • http://cindybeall.com Cindy Beall

    Amazing illustration!

    I am believing and hoping for a miracle in my sons. It’s a work in progress since they are only 7 & 12. Their hearts are tender for the Lord one minute and they are hateful to each other the next. Boys will be boys and sibling rivalry is par for the course, I know. But I want more for them. I want them to be best friends and serve God with their whole hearts. So that one day, when they are out of our home, when our influence isn’t nearly as direct, they will know who they are and to Whom they belong.

    In this day and age, to have this happen would be a miracle. But this is the miracle I’m waiting on!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      If it is any encouragement, my two oldest girls fought like crazy until they left home. Now, they are great friends. The fact that they are both moms has really bound them together.

    • http://www.godsabsolutelove.com Patricia Zell

      I worked hard to keep our kids friends as they grew up. When fights broke out–with seven children, those fights were fairly frequent–I’d take the time to talk to all the children involved and encourage them towards peace and friendship. All of them are adults now and they are good friends with each other. As far as their relationships with God are concerned, each one has to find his/her place in Him. I stand on Isaiah 54:13 that all of our children will be taught of the Lord and great shall be their peace. God’s absolute love is so much greater than all the destructive behaviors in the world, and through our prayers, His love is released into their lives.

      • Lenore Buth

        Patricia, thank you for sharing Isaiah 54:13. That beautiful promise is one all us moms can hug to our hearts.

    • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

      Cindy, I agree with Michael and Patricia… boys fight and squabble with each other until the day that they graduate from high school and college. I’ve found with my brothers that I’m much closer to them now (as friends) than I ever was growing up. I think it has something to do with maturity. Also, my wife had three sisters, and getting married and having kids has definitely drawn them closer to one another.

  • http://www.paulbevans.com Paul B Evans

    Semi-related.

    Yesterday we were studying Daniel 3.

    “Our God is able… but even if he does not…”

    Whether is a miracle or deliverance, it’s so easy to confuse our desires with God will and timing. If our faith is limited to God acting when and how we want is it really faith at all?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Great application of Daniel 3. Beautiful.

    • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

      “Even if…” We used that phrase and passage as the theme for anentire week of church camp a couple of years ago. It was a great week.

      • http://www.paulbevans.com Paul B Evans

        Hey Jeff,

        I bet it was.

        There was such a strong movement for a while that saying , “even if…” was considered a lack of faith. Something like answered prayer prevention! Wild.

        Hopefully we moved beyond that fear.

        • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

          I know! It’s rather frustrating when it crops up.

      • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

        Our church is going through a study of Job, and this theme is evident in that book as well. Job 13:15 say, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust him.” Job is asking to argue his case before God, and saying, “Even if he decides to rule against me, I’ll trust in him, that he is right.”

        • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

          Pretty cool how it all ties together, isn’t it?

          • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

            It is VERY cool :)

  • Tracylilley

    Love this BLOG and the story, am about to prepare a message on Faith and this is a timely reminder that miracles are unfolding around us al the time, if we have the faith to see them as such! We waited eight years for a baby doctors said may never come, faith realised in the waiting, thanks Michael

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for your kind words. I’m glad for your miracle!

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      Thanks for sharing your story of miracle Tacy!

  • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

    It’s when you look back over your life, that you see the miracles. I am truly amazed how God opens doors, takes us places, and introduces us to people if we are willing to listen to him. When I look back on my life, some of the greatest miracles are the doors that he closed, only to open much better ones later. At the time, the closed doors seemed wrong… and I would sometimes doubt that God was listening to me. But God seems to work better through patience than impulse. I’ve learned that his voice is quiet which requires me to listen all the more.

    If I would have been successful with the things I really wanted over the past 30 years, I would be in a dead end job, in a rundown neighborhood, living at the end of an airport runway. He had much better ideas for my life.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I think I have often been delivered by the prayers God chose NOT to answer. We often think we know best, but we simply don’t have God’s perspective.

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      When you quote “If I would have been successful with the things I really wanted over the past 30 years, I would be in a dead end job, in a rundown neighborhood, living at the end of an airport runway.” — I love that. I can relate this in my life too. He always has better ideas and greater plans for our life

  • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

    Awesome perspective!

  • http://profiles.google.com/leek.0511 Lee Kohlschein

    Beautiful post, thank you :)

    Long medical journey I won’t go into, but I have been believing

    for a miracle for my son (age 5) & have literally in the last week taken him back to the paediatric ophthmalogolist & he now has medical report stating 20/20 vision. This truly is a miracle!

    Amazing time of hope
    for your daughter, I have just read a beautiful book by Mary Beth Chapman “Choosing To See”, stunning story of the their journey through adoption… and so much more.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for sharing this story. Awesome!

  • http://www.SammyA.com Kadebiyi

    Once heard And Stanley say there’s never been anyone who played a significant role in Gods story that didn’t have to wait a long, long time. Moses [40years]. David [running for years]. Joseph [Jailed. Sold as slave]. Even Jesus [30years before starting ministry]

    As hard as it is for me to wait, its encouraging to remember I’m in good company. God is sovereign and always at work.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Andy’s reminder is a very good one.

    • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

      That is awesome!

    • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

      And to think, we get impatient if we have to wait a few days for something…

  • http://www.storywrought.wordpress.com Lizzie

    It’s funny because my mother has been trying to illustrate this point to me for years. Sometimes I think that I’m SO impatient for things to happen that I spend all my time getting anxious about looking for new jobs, thinking about moving, applying to grad schools. It’s great to be pro-active, but there comes a point when you’re pushing God completely out of the way, trying to do everything without him because he obviously doesn’t know what you want most. It sounds silly to write out, but that’s the way I’ve been living lately. I need to slow down, concentrate on God, and allow Him to lead me, even if it means months instead of days. I’m still relearning this great truth daily because I do not want to live as blindly as the king.

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      Thanks Lizzie for your sharing. I have experienced many things which you have mentioned in my life too.

  • http://www.lincolnparks.com Lincoln Parks

    Once again a timely message that resonates with me. I have been asking GOD to lead me where he needs me to go. However, I have not seen nor heard anything yet. I think GOD is waiting for me to do something first in order for me to see what his blessings will be. I need to grow closer to him, and share his word. Many people have told me that they see a calling on my life, but I haven’t been listening. I’m not sure in what capacity, but I will just continue to seek his guidance. What I’m seeking happens every 5-7 years. Something major always happens Good in my life, I will continue to wait through that season. I am in year 5 now. Thanks Michael..

  • Leigh Snyder

    God’s delays are not God’s denial- His ways are higher than ours and His timing is certainly different than ours like Jesus visiting his friend Lazarus when Mary and Martha thought he was “too late.” My husband and I had to wait years and years to be parents- the void of empty arms is extremely difficult and painful, yet God was our comforter and He has blessed us beyond belief! Mother’s Day and Father’s Day were especially tough. So was Christmas, 4th of July, groundhog’s day… I encouraged many other woman through the years struggling with the same sadness of waiting- almost all of them are parents now. God has a plan! May Megan and her husband be immersed in prayer and may God’s perfect will unfold in their lives.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      The story of Lazarus is particularly powerful!

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      Yup! God can never be ‘too late’ in our life.

  • Kirk

    Just what I needed to be reminded of today. Thanks!

  • http://chrisvonada.com chris vonada

    Indeed, He is at work every day. God is Great, all the time!!

    Thanks for an inspiring post Michael

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      Amen to that!

  • Anonymous

    Beautiful story. We want things now and don’t see that God has a perfect plan. Waiting is hard but the blessing can be seen afterward. When we sold our company the first offer fell through – but the final offer from another company was the better one. We can only see in hindsight what God sees all the time. Thanks for this reminder this morning as we wait for the Lord to sell our home. (in His timing)

    Blessings,

    Jan

  • http://ergliangel45.wordpress.com/ Kathleen Langridge

    Yes, He has done instant miracles preserving my life on at least four times and slower miracles of healing the devastating residuals of 3 strokes. He opened doors that I might preach in England and shut doors when it was time to move on. The first seemed like a miracle but the second was part of a slow miracle of sending us to Latvia in isolation where I can write.

  • http://Busyness.com Dr. Brad Semp

    It is so easy to find ourselves caught up in the daily grind of life only seeing and experiencing what is immediately happening around us. A powerful ability is to be able to step back and to view and comprehend current activities and scenarios as part of a much larger story (our individual story) being cast inside of an even larger story (God’s story).

    I find that worry, stress, anxiety, confusion, questions, and more are reduced or eliminated when I view my current situation through the lens of God’s story. In His story, the timeline is usually much different than the timing that we desire. Just because something doesn’t happen on our schedule doesn’t mean that God isn’t actively orchestrating a beautiful story according to His own timeline.

    Praying for you, Megan & Joel! Keep the faith! :)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      God’s timing is always—always!—perfect. I rest in that.

      • http://Busyness.com Dr. Brad Semp

        Amen to that! :)

  • http://profiles.google.com/uncappingfamilywisdom Sandra Pate

    Sometimes, the most powerful prayers take long periods of time to work out for the glory of God. Sometimes God is changing whole systems, addressing powers and principalities, and engaging the heavenlies to work together all things for God. I have written a complex book which presents the possibiliy of stopping transgenerational dysfunction in families. Proofers have shut down reading the material and involved therapists have stopped to do their own work. There are no easy answers to problems that took generations to form, but with God’s grace and time the miracles will come.

  • http://www.bonniesolid.com Bonnie Solid

    Slow miracles are a powerful place for a God Story to be seized !

    3 years ago this week ours began:

    http://www.bonniesolid.com/833/4/

  • Karl Mealor

    “God is never late, but seldom early.” (Not sure who to attribute this to. I think I heard Chuck Swindoll share this once, but not sure if it’s his originally.)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I love this quote, too.

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      That’s awesome Karl!

  • Rosy

    Yes, God does work miracles if you trust in HIM implicity. We just have to see THE HAND OF GOD whenever trouble befalls us. I was down with cancer two years ago, but somehow had the courage to face whatever God gave me. So He was with me throughout, right from sending me the sweetest nursee who miraculously found the impossible viens to getting me free treatment for a diseases which would have been a huge financial strain to giving my daughter holidays so that she could be with me during those chemo days to sending me a friend who was with me throughout. It is important to see the Hand of GOD and thank Him instead of just cribbing about misfortunes

  • http://www.jdeddins.com JD Eddins

    What a powerful illustration. I can definitely see at this time in my life that God is working by putting me in place where I can grow, yet I have to fight the desire to be full-grown already. Thanks for this parable that helps keep things in perspective.

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      Ya! That’s true Eddins! Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective

  • Curt Harding

    As I read your first paragraph about Megan and Joel, I thought of a story my pastor told Sunday. When he was a boy his mother was given 6-months to live. She prayed hard not for healing but for truth to be revealed to her boys. Miraculously, the disease left her body. This was more than four decades ago. As he told this story he pointed out that this was a miracle for him. It was a miracle for his father. It was a miracle, of course for his mother. It was a miracle for his brother. And so on. And so on. So you see, God’s “miracle” is really plural. In the case of Megan and Joel, it could be that God is waiting for the ultimate plural.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Beautiful story, Curt. Thanks for sharing it!

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      That’s enlivening. Thanks Curt.

  • Crystal

    I needed to read this post! So many things I am waiting on right now and having to be patient is often difficult and agonizing. Is there a good book you recommend on this subject? I know Frances Schaeffer was mentioned earlier. thanks!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I don’t know of anything, but perhaps one of my readers will jump in here with a recommendation. Thanks.

    • http://leftrightorg.wordpress.com/ Brittany

      I highly recommend Sue Monk Kidd’s, When the Heart Waits, a memoir she wrote while going through a mid-life crisis and while she was waiting on a great many things to come to fruition. Instead of ignoring the darkness and difficulut emotions that often accompany waiting, she instead chose to embrace the darkness around her and plunge its depths, seeking God along the way. What she learned (and what I learned) is that waiting & stillness have far more to teach us than resolution or conclusion ever will, for if we let them, they will birth internal transformation, which is God’s greatest (& often slowest :))miracle.

    • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

      Perhaps not specifically on this subject, but perhaps something that might speak into your life is a book called “Calm My Anxious Heart,” by Linda Dillow. My wife is going through a Bible study in our church that’s based upon this book, and it always speaks to her in her time of need.

  • Fredi

    We have been seeking God’s will for a position for my husband. He has been out of full time work since November of 2010. God has provided short term positions for him that have allowed us to pay our expenses but there hasn’t been a full time position to come up. I still believe this is one of God’s slow miracles. I am a Massage therapist, but haven’t had reliable work for several months but I still know God is control.

  • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

    I feel that slow miracles are similar to slow earthquakes. (And, instant miracle is similar to a typical earthquake.) Just a metaphor.

    A slow earthquake is a discontinuous but persisting event that releases energy over a period of days to months rather than the seconds to minutes characteristic of a typical earthquake. Likewise, slow miracles also happen over a period of time in our life rather than an instantaneous moment.

    Slow earthquakes are capable of causing enormous destruction and several slow earthquake events around the world have triggered major damaging seismic shakes in the shallower crust of the earth. Similarly, slow miracles are capable of bringing unimaginable gifts in our life. One will not able to contain the benefits and joy arising out of such slow miracle in his/her life.

    Slow earthquake’s relative regularity does serve to remind the public that the forces that generate earthquakes are ongoing and inexorable. Spiritually, slow miracles do remind us that our Heavenly Father who began a good work in us will complete it till the end and He never leaves us nor forsakes us in that process and His Hand is at work always.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Great analogy. I like it!

      • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

        Thanks Mike!

    • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

      Very cool!

      • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

        Thanks Brandon!

    • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

      Love this idea, Uma! Thanks for drawing the parallel and making it stick better in my mind!

      • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

        It’s okay Jeff! You are welcome. Glad that it gluey effect in you.

        • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

          :)

    • http://twitter.com/B_Schebs B_Schebs

      Uma, your comments always seem to spot on. A great companion to Michael’s original Post.

      • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

        Thanks Schebs! Thanks for your compliments! I just share my thoughts which raise in my mind when I read the post.

  • http://twitter.com/levittmike Michael Levitt

    There have been many challenges throughout my life, upon reflection have all worked out for the best. When in the storm, hold on to Christ and his everlasting peace and mercy. Miracles happen, and will continue to happen in His time.

    Blessings!

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      Holding on to Him! That is important.

  • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

    I love this point, Michael, and agree – sometimes, God’s timetable is different from our own.

    That said, I think that far too often in American culture, we do not expect miracles. We try to explain them away or over-emphasize the simple works of God when he may, in fact, want to do something more.

    I don’t mean to be insensitive to the pain of others or provide some formulaic answer, because there isn’t one. I, too, have experienced disappointment and know the pain of wondering why God didn’t seem to come through for or someone else.

    But I have also seen the fruit of persevering faith–of believing in spite of the circumstances. And I have seen God do tremendous things.

    The trick for me is to not place my confidence in the gift, but in the Giver.

    I have seen God instantaneously heal people and provide in miraculous ways, but I have also seen people struggle through disease and devastation. The question I always come back to is this: “Is God enough?” Not what he does (or doesn’t) seem to do, but who he is. Is that enough for me? Sometimes, the answer, when I’m being honest is, “No.”

    I’m learning how to say, “Yes.”

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I agree. We really have to be open to God, regardless of the timetable he choses. That includes being open to instantaneous miracles. My only point is that I think in our instant-on, microwave culture, we think that somehow God is not working if it takes longer.

      • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

        You’re absolutely right — we can err on either side of the issue — whether it be a deistic worldview or a give-it-to-me-now spirituality. Neither is right, and both are focusing on the gift, instead of the Giver. To draw an imperfect analogy, in marriage, there are some blessings and gifts that I get from the experience every day (i.e. love, affection, companionship), but there are others that only come in time (i.e. patience, grace, respect). In some ways, those that take longer are richer than those that happen instantly.

    • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

      “That said, I think that far too often in American culture, we do not expect miracles. We try to explain them away or over-emphasize the simple works of God when he may, in fact, want to do something more. ”

      I agree! If you look at the church in China or in Africa, you hear stories of miracles taking place all the time. But not in the church in America. I think it comes down to two main reasons. There may be more, but these stand out to me: 1. Our general lack of faith. Sure, there are exceptions to this, but overall, American society is losing, if not lost, our faith. And 2, our dependence on our money, IRA, insurance, etc. We have so many “safety nets” that we no longer feel the need for God to provide a miracle.

      I’m not saying that we need to necessarily throw these things away as bad, but if our trust is in them instead of God, isn’t that called idolatry? And I don’t want to point any fingers, because if I do I have to point at myself as well.

      You said, “The trick for me is to not place my confidence in the gift, but in the Giver.” That’s where I am as well. I have to make sure that I place my trust, not in the stuff that God has provided. Sure, we’re rich. Especially compared to most of the world. I’m a youth minister. I make much less than most Americans do. But I’m still rich.

      No, my trust needs to be placed more in the One who has blessed me so richly. My problem is, the stuff often gets in the way and I forget.

      • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

        Well said, Jeff. We’re on the same page.

        • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

          Thanks!

  • Jack Lynady

    This was a killer read. Thx Michael.

  • Joe Lalonde

    Great message Michael. So often we look for the “microwave” miracles. The “oven” miracles take so long, most people do not realize that they happen.

    Pam and I are dealing with this with her ankle. She sprained it badly on a walk about a month ago. Through physical therapy, it is slowly healing. It sucks it wasn’t “miraculously” healed, but it is being “miraculously” healed if you think about it. The healing process is an amazing thing.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I once heard someone say, every healing, no matter how long it takes, is God’s work. I agree.

      • Joe Lalonde

        So true. We’re hoping for a good report at the next couple therapy sessions. If not, they may have to operate. But even that is a miracle. So we’ll take it any way that we can.

        • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

          Think of it this way. Another miracle is the incredible amout of knowledge and talent that God has gifted your therapist with, to know just how to nurse her ankle back to full strength. That always continues to amaze me.

          Praying for her ankle!

          • Joe Lalonde

            Jeff, exactly. It’s mind blowing to think of it.

            Thanks for the prayers. We appreciate it.

          • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

            No problem!

        • http://twitter.com/B_Schebs B_Schebs

          My Wife is going through something similar. she sprained her ankle in August. went through Physical therady until feb, then in march they did a procedure to clean out scar tissue in and around the joint. She got worse afterwards, but slowly is working towards recovery. We joke that God is healing her and teaching her patience in the process.

          • Joe Lalonde

            B, sorry to hear that. I know it’s no fun, at least it hasn’t been for us. Sorry to hear the surgery made it worse afterwards. We’ll be praying for healing for her.

            My wife and I kind of joke about it too. She’s in a pretty rough job that she doesn’t enjoy. She’s been saying she needed a break… And well she got one. Now it’s onto patience, listening to others, and asking for help.

          • http://twitter.com/B_Schebs B_Schebs

            Thanks Joe, I think the surgery making it worse at first is like the Dark before the dawn. Gets a little worse to get a lot better.

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      I love the phrase “microwave” miracles. So true

      • Joe Lalonde

        Uma, thanks. I think it very accurately describes the culture here. Everything else in our life is instant, why not miracles?

        • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

          Ha ha. Americans expect everything right away… our food, our job
          promotion, our miracles…

          • Joe Lalonde

            Yes, yes we do… Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to not live in a society that expects things like that.

          • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

            I used to live in Nigeria, and there DEFINITELY wasn’t an expectation of
            immediacy. Things happened when they happened, and there was a pliable
            relationship with time :) I’m not saying that I would want the U.S. to be
            like Nigeria, but there were certain times when it was nice.

        • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

          Agreed Joe!

  • http://LookingForPurpose.com Dylan Dodson

    I just enjoyed this post! What a great perspective and truth on miracles!

  • http://byphyllis.com Phyllis

    This reminds me of the saying, “Time spent in God’s waiting room is never time wasted.”

    • http://twitter.com/B_Schebs B_Schebs

      I love that saying.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Amen to that.

  • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

    I don’t know if this would be considered a super miracle or not…but. When I was first starting out on my guitar, I faced many failures. I was constantly told that I was no good or that I just didn’t have any potential. After a few years, I started to beocme pretty decent. I was still not given any opportunities though. Soon, I became really frustrated, and I just asked God for His will. Long stoyr sohtr, I am leading a youth praise band now… I think that is one of many miracles God has done in my life!

    • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

      Great story of perseverance, as well.

    • Anonymous

      Brandon, that is awesome! Way to move through it… The world is better because you stuck it out, and allowed God to come to life through you.

      • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

        Exactly. I honestly don’t know where I would be today if I did not let God
        take control…

  • Jennifer

    Such a wonderful post! We adopted our daughter from China and what was suppose to take 6-9 months turned into two and a half years…..but so worth the wait….even though the wait was long and sometimes painful, God had it all in the palm of his hands. He knew what we needed during the process and knew the exact time we would bring our daughter home.

  • http://bluecollarradionetwork.com James Dibben

    Sometimes slow miracles hurt….

    In ’93 my wife and I decided to start having kids. Three years later no kids and a wife with a broken heart (shattered is more accurate).

    We both felt God calling us to foster parent rather than spend money on fertilization (moral issues among others).

    Two years later (98) we adopted our first. The second was a whirlwind of court visits and eventual re-unification with the birth father only to have him lose her back to the system and eventually back with us resulting in our second adoption.

    Then, we gave birth to two of our own and the result is a family of 6 with 4 daughters.

    God needed two rescued before we could have two of our own. Certainly all 4 are miracles and the delivery of those miracles were painful, to say the least.

    • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

      We’ve been trying to adopt from Vietnam for the last few years. We keep hitting setback after setback as well. Our prayer is maybe one day… We can relate to your pain.

      • http://bluecollarradionetwork.com James Dibben

        Ah yes, I’m sure you can!

        It will tear your heart apart when the desire for a family is so strong. It was that way for my wife. There were times when I thought it would be more than she could take emotionally.

        We both made it but, ugh, was it rough.

        • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

          Our situation is a bit different. We have five kids of our own. But each time we start looking at the process of adoption, we’ve ended up pregnant again. Vietnam has a restriction that won’t allow an adoption within a year of a natural birth. So we’re always on hold it seems.

          It’s a different situation, but the desire for family is just as strong.

          I’m glad you persevered through it!

          • http://bluecollarradionetwork.com James Dibben

            Oh wow, I didn’t know they had that restriction. Kind of odd.

            Well, good luck to you!

          • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

            Yeah, I agree. But they don’t want their adopted children vying for attention with a natural newborn, thinking the adopted child will be neglected. Or so thats what they told us was the logic. Doesn’t make too much sense to me…

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Wow. Incredible story. And what an encouragement. Thanks.

    • Anonymous

      That’s amazing James! What a beautiful story…

      • http://bluecollarradionetwork.com James Dibben

        Thanks, brother! I appreciate that!

        • LesaKMelchor

          Incredible story – thank you for sharing. My daughter has been thinking about adoption due to fertility struggles as well and I can’t think of a better gift to our family than for God to allow us the honor of loving an orphaned child.

          Thank you, again, for sharing your amazing story!

          • http://bluecollarradionetwork.com James Dibben

            My wife and I do a podcast together. I think we are going to talk about
            infertility on the next show. I just found out some of our friends are
            finding themselves in this same boat. It’s a tough one to be in but I think
            we have some encouragement to give.

            You can find my site from my Disqus profile by clicking my name.

  • Anonymous

    What a great reminder. It’s so easy to get discouraged in the middle of a slow miracle.

  • http://change.me Oleg Sinitsin

    I have been witnessing to my parents about Christ since the time I became a believer 17 years ago. Although my folks are still seeking God, they fully acknowledge the miraculous change that happened to me. I was a very self-centered young man and then something unexplainable happened. The invisible God took charge of my life and sent it on a different trajectory.

    A testimony of genuine Christian living is a magnificent miracle in itself that unfolds slowly, but ultimately carries more significance than any one-time wonder. The fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23) is undeniable.

  • http://profiles.google.com/stacysjensen Stacy Jensen

    I think sometimes we expect such obvious signs that we can’t see the miracles in front of us. My late husband was mute and paralyzed from a catastrophic stroke. He was eventually able to move his right middle finger and blink. Two key movements to allow him to communicate. People would always pray that he could walk. While that would have been a blessing, we would point out that a large miracle had already taken place in those faint movements.

  • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

    Excellent illustration!

    I’ve been waiting on God for over a year and a half now woth my dad’s health. Over 18 months ago, he had a tumor in his brain explode, causing stroke-like symptoms. It took a while before they diagnosed cancer, because of the manner in which it happened. Initially, it looked pretty bleak. But this week he took his last chemo treatment. The tumors are still there, but they’ve stopped growing and have shrunk by as much as 85%. They will continue to monitor his status, but things are looking pretty good right now.

    I know this is a quicker miracle than many experience, especially when it comes to cancer. But it has been a very long road for us. Dad’s cancer hit just months after losing my younger brother, to liver cancer.

    So I agree. Sometimes, God’s miracles are slow moving. But that doesn’t mean that they aren’t happening.

    Thanks again for the great illusttration. This one is going into my Evernote illustration file for future reference!

  • Eccle0412

    As a biological mom of 2 and adoptive mom of 2, I think parenting is a slow miracle! Can relate with Megan in many ways. We decided to adopt siblings, out of foster care, 11 years ago. They are almost 15 and 16. Their brothers, 18 and 21. It is a miracle God has “adopted” us! He does so because He has a plan. He wants us to be a part! My youngest are nothing like my husband and I. (They resemble us physically enough that no one knows they are adopted- that protected us from pride). They have genes that are pretty icky but God has made them new creations. We struggle almost daily with issues of one sort or the other, they were neglected, abandoned, suffer from consequences of drugs in utero. Life is a struggle for them and they have to be fighters. I know God has a plan for their lives to bring Him much glory! The fact that God multiplies faith exponentially through struggles is a miracle. I expect great things from them for God’s glory. They won’t be brilliant business people, but I almost know for certain their faith will be multiplied for the Glory of God. Invisible, average, ordinary, lives= miracles. Confess doubt, expect God, give thanks. Repeat! dsprtlydpndnt

    • Klmead

      I too am a biological mom of 2 and an adoptive mom of 2. We adopted two teenage girls from Russia. My daughters were neglected, abandoned and spend 6 years of their lives in an orphanage. They struggle every day, even now 10 years later. I know that God wanted them to be ours and I pray every day for them to become who God wants them to be. They have accepted Christ in their lives, but do not live accordingly – for now! I know that God has great plans for them and pray for the slow miracles that will change their hearts from abandoned to loved.

  • http://www.dailyreflectionsforsingleparents.blogspot.com/ Scoti Springfield Domeij

    I grew up in Indiana in the country, but I was a
    city girl at heart. I dreaded each spring when the farmers spread fertilizer on
    their cornfields. I couldn’t escape the revolting smell that I was sure would
    never go away. I’m not sure the farmers even noticed the aroma of cow pie. They
    laughed at me when I gagged after stepping in warm cow piles running barefoot with
    their children, playing in their fields. However, come harvest I loved sweet,
    tender corn on the cob from their gardens. Sometimes the fertilizers of
    life–hard times, unexpected disappointment, waiting for circumstances to
    change–seem like they can’t end soon enough. And then miracles happen, chow
    chip perfume dissipates and sprouts peek on top of straight furrows. God plays
    hide and seek with us among the tall cornstalks. And before you know it manure
    spread everywhere worked miracles all over. Real miracles, like lasting
    change, often happen slowly.

  • Dday

    My wife and I joined a ministry in August of 2010. This career move required us to leave North Carolina and settle in Colorado. While we were interviewing for the job last July, God brought us a contract on our home after 7 days on the market. We took this as a sign that God wanted us go. We began boxing up our things, saying good-bye, and making our plans to move. 8 days before the closing the buyer walked away from the deal. I had no job, we were packed, and felt like this “miracle” had been retracted.

    3 months later we still had the house with little income. We had recently found out we were pregnant, and it was time to find a doctor. Due to finances, we decided to go the mid-wife route. She was very flexible and promised to work with us through our tough time. The first payment of $250 came due, and my wife and I had $50 to spare. We spent the entire drive to the office trying to figure out a way to pay the entire amount. It was simply impossible. Half way through the appointment, I got a phone-call that we had received an offer on our home. Not only did we receive an offer, but a new law was passed requiring a $250 non-refundable deposit. God provided at just the right time.

    A month later, 4 days before the closing, the contract on our home fell through again. We still have the house in North Carolina. We are still waiting for our “slow miracle”, but God has also accomplished several mini-miracles along the way.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Man, that is an amazing story. I can’t wait to see how it turns out. The middle of journey is always the hardest part.

  • Anonymous

    God has never failed to work in my life. I have only failed to trust in him. I am the living proof of a slow miracle. This year is proof of his slow miracle in me. Daily he is transforming my mind but it has taken every day of this year of me yielding to him. The miracle for me is the Journey I am on with him during this process. Tough but amazing and wonderful.

  • Tim Miller

    Your word came right “in the nick of time.” An important reminder to me this morning.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Good. I love it when that happens!

  • http://redeemedstory.com Ernie

    I can definitely relate to the adoption story. My wife and I waited three years before we brought our three boys home. It was crazy. At times we thought God wasn’t working…especially when our request was rejected. But we continued to trust that despite circumstances God’s promise for us would come to pass. And it did – at just the right time!

  • http://www.jeremysconfessions.com Jeremy’s Confessions

    Another point tot he story is that for a tree to grow it needs water. In the end, what is the act of watering the tree compared to God designing the tree and creating the chemical reactions that allow the plan to use the water, but it does need the water. In the same way, God can use us in his slow miracles.

  • Usiel

    I totally agree with this point of view. I have been trying to figure out the reasons of God, because He can do anything anytime. There is no limit, except His own reasons. Maybe one is: He is preparing us for what He’s going to do.

  • thepregnancycompanion.com

    I absolutely believe in miracles…fast or slow. Time is not to us as it is to God. Of all the times I’ve waited for something (either patiently or otherwise), He’s never ceased to prove His timing was perfect. I am currently carrying a slow miracle within my womb. This little guy did not come about on my timetable but the way he did brought much more glory to God than if he’d have come sooner. Why shouldn’t God bring miracles about in a way that brings Him the most credit? Sometimes our wait is unto His glory. It’s not easy but there’s grace in the process. Love this discussion. Will be praying for Megan and Joel.

  • http://blog.cyberquill.com Cyberquill

    By the definition of miracle inherent in that story, everything is a miracle. It follows that the only true miracle would be to find something that isn’t a miracle. This is similar to the uniqueness paradox: if everyone is unique, then the only way to be unique is to be not unique.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yea, it’s a worldview thing. One worldview says that the world runs on its own accord. God occasionally “breaks into” the natural order and performs a miracle. The other view—and the one I believe—is that God is always at work. The “natural order” is simply the way God usually works. However, sometimes He chooses to work instantaneously.

  • http://thesisugroup.org phil stevenson

    We have a flower that has a bud on it. You are just able to see the purple flower that will be exposed when in full bloom. My 2yr old grandson goes out each day to look at the soon to bloom bud. He tells anyone that will listen that it will soon open all the way up, as he unfolds his tiny hands. He shares that the opening is done by Jesus. This is the expectation of a unfolding miracle.

  • http://www.christopherneiger.com/blog Chris Neiger

    I’ve never heard miracles described in this way, but I really like it. We look for something to happen fast for proof that it’s from God, but David waited years before he could become king, Abraham was an old man before he had any kids and the Israelites lived in slavery for years before they were set free. It’s hard not to think that God has forgotten about us, but he definitely has not.

    • Anonymous

      It seems to be a natural human response to feel that God has forgotten us sometimes. Even Christ called out on the cross, those words that asks for the reason God has forsaken him… But through it all, we find he definitely has not forgotten us.

  • http://www.SacredRoutine.com Jodi Schumm

    My heart goes out to Megan and Joel. My husband and I were married nearly 10 years before our first son came along. Whether God blesses through adoption or a nearly impossible pregnancy, God blesses none the less.
    Our oldest son is now 6. Yet even now those years of infertility that are behind us continues to effect my understanding of God’s character. We continue to face different struggles which result in the same cries: “Why?””How long?” “Should I quit waiting for you to bless?” “Will you at least take the desire away so this isn’t so painful?”
    God is faithful. I know that more today because I saw His faithfulness before we had our son. For us, the way He drew us closer to Him and shaped us to be more like Him during those long, hard, painful years continue to be a source of strength for us today.
    We will pray God’s faithfulness will echo through Megan and Joel’s lives as they wait.

  • Sherri

    Thank you for this. I needed to be reminded of it today. I also need to remember that while I wait on God to answer prayer, I should be focused on him and not what I am expecting him to do. By that I mean that even as I anticipate his answer and thank him for what he is about to do, I don’t need to be so focused on what will happen in the future (tomorrow or next year) that I miss what he wants to teach me and do in and through me right now, today. God always has a plan (Jer. 29:11), and that plan is not just for the future, but for every moment of our lives.

  • http://twitter.com/OrdainedBarista Barry Hill

    Yes, I love this. Many time our prayer requests look like a “No.” until we are able to look back, over many years, and see what God had been weaving together all along. That’s one of the reasons I love to journal. When you go back (re-read) and see the process unfolding it gives you a real understanding of what God was doing. Sometimes we don’t even realize that a prayer/miracle has been accomplished until we stop and look at what we were asking for a few years back! God is faithful!

  • http://twitter.com/OrdainedBarista Barry Hill

    Yes, I love this. Many time our prayer requests look like a “No.” until
    we are able to look back, over many years, and see what God had been
    weaving together all along. That’s one of the reasons I love to journal.
    When you go back (re-read) and see the process unfolding it gives you a
    real understanding of what God was doing. Sometimes we don’t even
    realize that a prayer/miracle has been accomplished until we stop and
    look at what we were asking for a few years back! God is faithful!

  • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

    I prayed last night just before going to bed (no, that’s not the miracle; well, maybe, yeah, but…) that our son would contact his mother in the next 24 hours, it being the twilight of Mother’s Day. Less than two minutes later, my wife said, “I got an email from Daniel (our adopted son, by the way). He says he’ll call me tomorrow.”

    In this instance, the answer to prayer seems instant but, in reality, God, who never fails to work in our lives, had been working in our son’s heart through setbacks, adversity, and tons of parental prayers.

    I’m grateful that the Lord chose my son’s email to encourage my own heart. Because of its dullness, I need such “miraculous” interventions. Not always. Just sometimes. Like last night.

  • http://betterthanideserve.wordpress.com Brian McKinley

    Wow! Talk about putting things into perspective.

  • http://twitter.com/jonstolpe Jon Stolpe

    I have to hold on to the hope that God is working a slow miracle.

  • http://www.mattrob.com Matt Robison

    Just a quick read of the story of Joseph solidifies this fact. Hindsight is always 20/20. I won’t know the slow miracles from the regular plodding in life until I get more wisdom.

  • Kimberly L. Smith

    I’ve been following your blog for a while now, and while your words often stir me, these particular ones really ministered to me. I work to fight human trafficking, mostly for orphans in war zones. This means I spend a lot of time in dark places like Darfur, Southern Sudan, Congo and other sharp corners of our world. A person doesn’t live in that kind of darkness without a lot of it rubbing off on you. And, at times, rather than crying out to God I fall into taking matters into my own hands.
    Never a pretty sight. God, have mercy on me.
    I wrote a lot about this incredible journey God allows me to stumble along on in my book, Passport through Darkness, but now i am having to face my own limitations on an even deeper level.
    The agony of wanting a miracle for these precious children as bombs are dropped all around them and slave raiders come after them daily, just begs for a miracle.
    At times, I admit that I’d rather hide in a bottle than hang onto a prayer.
    Then, God shows me a bit of His agony in it all–and the steadfast way that He perseveres in His relentless pursuit of the redemption of the world, and the miracle of Hope breaks through once again.
    i greatly needed your reminder today that this battle is not mine, but His in which He allows me to taste.
    love, your sister along the journey, Kimberly L. Smith

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for sharing this comment, Kimberly. It really touched me. I almost didn’t post this.

      Thanks also for all you do to counter the darkness.

  • http://www.wisewomenwrite.com Dianewrites

    Ever since I heard the phrase “Trust in the slow work of God” that is part of a beautiful prayer by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, I have been using it as a mantra. It works when we look at others’ lives and especially when we look at our own. I hope your daughter and son-in-law eventually receive a child as the result of His slow work!

  • http://twitter.com/SalesSells Wim Wilmsen

    That’s such an inspiring story. Reminds us to stay positive and grateful. Miracles happen everyday, just look around you! Just have to see them..

    Wim

  • Clinton

    “Perhaps he simply has a different timetable.”

    I just spent the last 16 months looking for a job. During that time I worried constantly that I would run out of money and that I would not be able to find another job. Iknew that God had provided for me, but it was tough not to worry.

    The month that my severance pay ran out, the perfect job showed up in my search. I applied for that job like so many others, but this time, within 5 minutes of applying, my phone was ringing and they wanted to interview me. 10 days later I had done 4 interviews and had the job.

    I pray that I learned the lesson God had for me during that time.

  • http://www.godsabsolutelove.com Patricia Zell

    I think one of the biggest problems in our Christian thinking is that many of us look at God as a magician. From wisking the world into existence in six twenty-four hour days to instaneous results to prayer, we tend to equate God with speed and not with depth. I’ve come to look at my relationship with God in the terms of Him building His life into my life, and that project is long term. I’m no longer looking for miracles–I’m looking for the righteousness that is greater than the force of evil in our world. Really, that’s all miracles are–the manifestation of the power of righteousness over evil. So, I’m constantly asking God for the knowledge, understanding, and wisdom that only He has and believing that His love will not fail.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Well said, Patricia. Becoming like Christ is probably the greatest miracle of all. And it takes TIME! Thanks.

  • Virtual Agents

    Miracles do happen everyday; I guess we all just have to be patient enough and to have faith for us to see that no matter how slow or how quick, He makes it happen for all of us. We just have to be thankful for every blessing he gives us whether it’s huge or simple.

  • Gr82bmom2

    Love this post. Please tell your daughter that she is so very right. She is a childless mother and God will send her His perfect child. We were married 11 years before God grew our family through adoption. I was a childless mother too, but oh when my eyes first met our Peyton’s, I knew…God had handed us a precious miracle years in the making!

  • Anonymous

    Incredible story, and so true! We all have our patience threshold at different levels, but that’s because we’re placing a timetable on God’s creation. Everything we see is a mirale, and grows abundantly according to God’s will in our lives. However, there is a call to be intentional about living out and truly engaging in the moment by moment productivty of our own growth. But that’s the beauty of it; when we’re engaged in the moment with intention, we can see, witness, and embrace the real miracle throughout our days. Thanks for the story Michael…

  • http://www.alwaysandforeverours.blogspot.com Brian

    It took my wife and I 18 months of paperwork and waiting until we finally brought our sons home from Ethiopia last September. My wife and I can definitely relate to your daughter and son-in-law as they wait for their miracle. Their day will come…their miracle will appear.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for the encouragement, Brian.

  • Chad

    Michael,

    Thanks for the Slow Miracles post. Currently I am struggling with some decisions about a career change and I have been praying for some kind of sign. I have to remind myself often that God does not work on our schedule. This really drives that home! Keep up the great work. I thoroughly enjoy reading your posts.

  • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

    We have a couple in our church who have been waiting for years to adopt a child from South Korea, and this week got a referral from their adoption agency. We are so excited! I’ve also been following Megan’s blog posts about her adoption, and have been praying for her as well.

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  • LesaKMelchor

    Mike –

    This was such a needed word of encouragement for me today. My daughter has PCOS (poly cystic ovarian syndrome) which causes the ovaries to not produce as it should. I have walked a 3 year journey with her and my son-in-love as they’ve tried to get pregnant. There are no words to express the complete devastation and heartbreak we all experience each month as the fertility drugs don’t provide the baby they are looking for. Watching her get her hopes up and then crash has been a grueling test of a mother’s resolve to hang on to God’s promises for her child.

    Today, unfortunately, after 3 months of “possibility” – it became a no, again. This journey, while painful, has caused my first born to seek God in ways that only this trial could have provided. She has learned that sometimes we put things, dreams and/or desires in the God spot. God is not obligated to prop up our idolatry when a believed lie is at the root. I could have never taught her that no matter how much preaching I’ve done. God has carved a deep relationship with her during this time and for that, I’m grateful. This miracle is slow in coming but I know it will arrive in God’s perfect time. I think the biggest miracle is the change in her during this journey. God knows what He’s doing.

    Thanks for sharing your story which reminded me that God is in control and will carry on to completion that which He started in her – in all of us. No matter how long it takes.

    I’m praying for your daughter and her babies.

    Lesa

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Lesa. I appreciate you sharing your daughter’s journey.

  • http://www.thegiftofmondays.com/ colleen laquay urbaniuk

    it’s hard to wait on God’s timing when we have so many plans of our own. part of me wonders if the wait is more about us than it is about Him. through every obstacle God is shaping our hearts, building our compassion, getting us ready to “see” through” new eyes. though the process is rarely easy, i find strength in knowing that He’s never left me, even when i was in the middle of the darkest valley. sometimes He shows up in a word of encouragement. sometimes in a song. sometimes in a prayer. but He always shows up. and it’s just that exact bit of strength i need to keep putting one foot in front of the other. i’m amazed at God. i’m amazed at how He works. i’m amazed that even in the middle of a chaotic world, He still finds time for just one.

    i know without a doubt that God has His eye on megan and joel. i know He hasn’t forgotten them. i believe nothing happens by coincidence. that moments are not created by chance. through a series of unusual events, God placed on my heart the desire to post a certain blog yesterday. i wasn’t ready to do it. i didn’t know where it would lead. i wanted to wait until later. but i obeyed. because i know when He asks like that, He has something to say and someone who needs to hear it.

    http://www.thegiftofmondays.com/2011/05/adopted-babys-talk-with-god.html

    though miracles are never in our timing, your post reminds me that they are still miracles nonetheless!!!

  • http://profiles.google.com/dianaflegal Diana Flegal

    A great reminder of God’s faithfulness Thank you for the encouragement.

  • HMGullett

    Thank you for posting this one. I am encourage by the story while waiting for the answer from God for us in this situation. I always believe in miracles that God can do and of course He is able only the question is: “Are we patient enough to wait on God to reveal his glory?”

    We are still waiting for God and always think that God is working – either slowly or fast – but HE IS STILL WORKING!

    Be blessed!

  • http://www.solobizcoach.com SoloBizCoach

    The key is being able to recognize those miracles that take longer to happen. We often forget what we once asked for, and then when it occurs we just treated it as commonplace. I think that it is important to think about the blessings that occur in your life and look at the journey taken to bring them to fruition.

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  • Faythe Furman

    Thanks for this reminder that I so much need today. However, I have a reminder regarding your daughter and her husband’s adoption process.
    I had a young Dr. staying in our home for about 6 weeks as he prepared for foreign missionary service, as my husband a surgeon with missionary surgery experience, was taking him to work with him every day and mentoring him. His young wife, a nurse during the week, would come up and join us on the weekends. She was also going through fertility treatments as they wanted to have a baby before they left for a foreign country. They were finally told that there was no hope of every conceiving! They adopted a beautiful baby boy and left for the mission field. After arriving at their assigned post, and before the baby’s first birthday, she found out she was pregnant. She went on to have another child as well..
    realizing, that God is in control, they knew that God wanted that first adopted child to be theirs and that would not have happened if He had answered the prayers for a child earlier.
    He is at work even if we are impatient. He can be trusted!
    I have prayed for your other grandaughter who is having health issues. How is she?
    God bless you!
    Faythe

  • Lenore Buth

    Great post, Michael. Slow miracles sometimes look like no miracles for a long time. Waiting is like wandering in the wilderness. My husband and I learned a life lesson after a time when we counted on a “sure thing” which turned out to be anything but. Since we had prayed and felt absolute peace, it made no sense to us. Wilderness time and growing time followed. After our confidence in our plans and our ability to make things happen had ebbed away, God placed before my husband an opportunity he would not have thought right for him. It turned out to be a perfect fit and led to a satisfying career.

    Later we saw the pattern of the miracle, how we had to make the first decision so that we would be in the place and be ready for what God wanted to do all the time.

  • http://profiles.google.com/hellseherphilosoph Brett Gracely

    I’ve seen magnificent, “slow” miracles. See attached.

  • http://profiles.google.com/pauladavispeace Paula Davis

    Michael, this is such a good reminder. I find myself often shortsighted when it comes to what God is doing in my life and in the lives of others. Sometimes we have to look twice to realize what miracles are taking place all around us!

  • http://www.forward-living.com W. Mark Thompson

    We were spared by the HUGE outbreak tornadoes here in Alabama. However 3 years ago we were directly hit by one. Part of our house was wiped out. Others were destroyed. Like I told our church, “It is a miracle no one was killed in that storm. However, even if our house would have been completely destroyed. Even if a dozen people would have died. Even if we were still without a home… God is STILL a good God.” That’s a hard idea to process, but I believe that’s where faith comes into play. We also can witness miracles within those hard times. We’re seeing it now in those areas that were destroyed by the recent tornadoes and storms. In some of these places, our churches are being put on ‘standby’ because people are helping in such large numbers. People’s needs are being met. People are hurting and are being consoled the best way that can considering the circumstances. God is being seen. Some may say it’s a miracle.

  • Anonymous

    Great story! In my lifetime, they have come slowly, but not 80 yrs slow! We ran into pretty difficult financial situations years ago, but whenever I desperately needed a little money to feed my kids, it somehow came to me…albeit at the last possible moment, but still i never had to do without.

  • Anonymous

    This reminds me of a book that I read by Bill Hybles call Just Walk Across the Room. He talks about the process of evangelism and how people are moving along a time line until they reach the point of accepting Jesus. It could be a slow process on the time line or a quick one or it could be that you are the person that brings them to believing or someone else. The point is it is not about us, but about what God does and we are just instruments for the Lord. I think that the same can be said for miracles. We tend to get caught up in the issue of waiting to see something that happens dramatically. Often times , we are waiting to see what we want too rather than what God may want for us. It is like the old Garth Brooks song Unanswered Prayers.

  • Anonymous

    Great illustration. Evernote “Illustrations folder” worthy. Speaks of patience while waiting. I’ve experienced plenty of that in my 32 years. Each time, enduring with patience paid off in the long run. Thanks Michael.

  • Marianne Takac

    I believe in miracles, quick and slow, as I’ve seen them happen in my life time and time again. In 1998, my daughter was very ill with a “mysterious” illness. After searching for 9 months for an answer to the illness overtaking her, we found our answer. By this time, our daughter was unable to walk, and it was uncertain if she would live anymore years here on earth. The next several years were spent in full time care of my daughter, and God was present in miracles, of different magnitudes. Some, to the outsider, may have seemed “not really miraculous”. But to our family, who had prayed and witnessed the prayers of literally hundreds of people across our country, God’s workings were never small. Answers and progress for our daughter’s recovery often came slowly, but they came. Our daughter was told she would never walk again, she is now a runner! God had many lessons for us to learn. Now we have the privilege of sharing them in the form of a 30 day devotional, being published through the West Bow division of Thomas Nelson! Marianne Takacs

  • bethanyplanton

    I love Megan’s point about miracles. Living in the instant age, we tend to expect miracles instantly and when it doesn’t happen that quickly we are disappointed. We all need to remember God does not operate in time like humans do.

  • http://twitter.com/plantedinchrist Brandon Weldy

     “Usually, He works over a long period of time. This doesn’t make it any less miraculous, but it is certainly less dramatic.” I really liked this line. Sometimes Christians get caught up in the dramatic. We thrive on big events, huge responses to those in need, a thriving youth group that seems to sprout up over night, etc. While these things are good in so many ways and God uses them all the time to change our lives and to spark a deeper love for Him, if we are only relying on the dramatic experiences then we are missing out on so much of the daily works of God. They may not seem as amazing with one glance, but just like the acorn to the oak tree, there is a miracle that has happened none-the-lessUsually, He works over a long period of time. This doesn’t make it any less miraculous, but it is certainly less dramatic.” I really liked this line. Sometimes Christians get caught up in the dramatic. We thrive on big events, huge responses to those in need, a thriving youth group that seems to sprout up over night, etc. While these things are good in so many ways and God uses them all the time to change our lives and to spark a deeper love for Him, if we are only relying on the dramatic experiences then we are missing out on so much of the daily works of God. They may not seem as amazing with one glance, but just like the acorn to the oak tree, there is a miracle that has happened none-the-less

  • Anonymous

     I am 55 years old and war-torn after a long and difficult divorce.  My former husband decided to leave after 15 years of marriage.  My son, at the age of 14, went to live with his dad. That was 3 years ago, and I only get to see him twice a month on weekends.  I am back in college again, after 35 years, working on a Bachelors degree.  I must find a job that provides health care in the next 3 months.  That is only the tip of the iceberg.  I have a difficult time and struggle with all of these demands.  I miss my son like I miss breath itself.  I do not understand, and have come to the conclusion, that I may never understand why these things have happened. 
               
    That being said, and as low as I may feel at times, I know that God knows the beginning from the end, and that I do not.  And that’s okay.  He is God, after all.  It’s a trust thing.  Many have deserted me, and I find myself wrestling with the concept that God will always be here for me.  It is difficult to comprehend. 

    I have found that being conditioned to earthly and human reaction,  puts a dent in my ability to trust Him.  But God is not man, and man is not God.  He will not brow beat me or condescendingly scold me or rub my nose in my mistakes.  I have learned that I must constantly push beyond what I experience here, and depend on Him, trusting that nothing comes to me but by His hand. 

    Why He has allowed such painful things to happen, especially when I’ve found myself in a sinking boat, sans oars, and stalled engine intact, is challenging to say the least.  It is a constant battle.  A shear battle of faith alone.  But in the end, God seeks my safety and security as He sees fit to position me.  His plan, not mine.  I think that it is the relationship that He seeks.  The liberation of being able to shout my protests and weep once again, knowing that I am heard, and that I matter, opens a stream of communication.  Perhaps at some points of silence then, God and I will become as the seasoned married couple dining in silence, a silence that spells understanding and comfort and trust.  A silence, however, that demands time to develop.  Simple math: patience plus perseverance equals endurance.   

    I am learning.  It is an on going process.  I have found that God most often works through this process, which is my eventual progress.   A tough row to hoe.  But I hear the harvest is an amazing one.    

  • Carolyndyck

    One of the people on my daily prayer list is my son.  As a child he committed his life to Jesus – loved Him passionately & even prevailed on the Pastor to baptize him (before he was 10 years old) because he felt so strongly about it.  Then life happened.  His father & I divorced when he was 13 years old – at this critical time of his life, his rock & ‘ground’ Oma passed away and his life fell apart.  His Dad was not walking a Christian life & I was basing my walk & behavior on fear & so he also, lost his way.  Throughout his turbulent defiant teen years I prayed & kept him before the Father.  Nothing.  More time passed – he was rejected by a girlfriend he thought would become his wife and ‘ran’  overseas for 4 1/2 years.  I continued to plead for him before the Father and last year he moved back home.  God had been hearing me, in that he came back safe & sound, a FAR more mature man than when he left , albeit with a still somewhat jaded attitude.  But God is faithful to His Word - He’s promised never to let us out of His Hand & I can see that occuring in my son’s life.  God has never let him go & continues to this day, in spite of the skid marks, to gently steer my boy back.  The challenge for me is to NEVER GIVE UP.  It is my personal  on-going lesson in faith. 

  • http://bernardshuford.tumblr.com Bernard Shuford

    Much about the transformation of sinners is similarly natured.