Monday, March 10, 2008

Monday Musings or How I Injured My Brain Thinking

TCC has started a new feature on her site called Monday Musings. She posts a quote each Friday and gives you the weekend to ponder and then you post your deep thoughts on Monday. Sound simple? Think again...this is the quote that I'm to tackle today:

Miracles are not to be interpreted as divine acts against the laws of nature (for those laws are themselves expressions of God's will) but as more profound revelations of the character of the divine relationship to creation. To be credible, miracles must convey a deeper understanding than could have been observed without them. ~ John Polkinghorne

I told her that if she ever did a Monday Musings for Dummies I'd be the first to link up. Post children, thinking is not my strong suit. I prefer drooling now. But she hinted that she'd hope I'd participate, so I'm going to give it my best college try.

My approach to miracles is pretty simple. According to, a miracle is "an event that appears inexplicable by the laws of nature and so is held to be supernatural in origin or an act of God."

I think that for you to be able to call something a miracle it has to defy every law of man, nature, physics, traffic school, and fashion. Otherwise, you'd be able to rationalize it. You'd be able to figure it out. You'd be able to quantify the formula used to make the miracle and then you'd try to recreate it over and over again.

By its simple definition, a miracle has to blow your circuits or it ain't a miracle. If you can explain how it happened, it ain't a miracle. If you know the formula, it ain't a miracle. Miracles have no rhyme. No reason. No explanation. The only constant ingredient is God.

And what could "convey deeper understanding" than knowing that the man that was blind...can now see. Or the lady who has been confined to a wheelchair for 25 now walking. And how about the man stricken by leukemia and given just weeks to live...and instead walks out of the hospital free from cancer.

If these occurrences don't make you think long and hard about something greater than yourself, then you are trying to figure out the who, what, when, where and why of God. Can't be done. In fact, if you try, you'll just end up frustrated and disillusioned because God is bigger, wider and deeper than anything our mind can conceive.

Well, I have no idea if I even answered the question, but that's all I've got. If you enjoy this kind of twist-your-brain-in-a-knot thinking, visit TCC and read what others had to say or leave your own comment or post.

I'm going to bed now, all that noodling is exhausting.


TCC said...

This was awesome!

You underestimate yourself - and yet you've proven my point. We ALL have something to contribute to a discussion like this. What we each bring is vital.

Thanks for noodling. See you tomorrow!

The Gang's All Here! said...

I agree, that was great. I give you a ton of credit, I didn't even tackle it this time around. Between the lovely sinus drainage that is flushing brain cells with it every time I blow, and the tickling nagging cough for the first hour after I go to bed, I can't even go there this week. And that's not even counting that same cough that's wakened me at 4:30 a.m. every day for a week straight. ICK.