Thursday, May 27, 2010

Describing a Miracle

How do you effectively describe a miracle?

I used to think the only true miracle would be if Elijah completely recovered from his massive brain injury.  Now I realize that miracles are all around me. I see miracles everywhere I go.  And while I still hope for complete recovery, I see the miracles I might have once missed.  
Every life, no matter the ability level of that person, is a miracle.  We experience miracles on a daily basis.  Every step this kid takes, every time he lifts his head and looks at me, every time he communicates, every breath he takes, every time he swallows, each smile he gives - they are all miracles.  Our boy, despite the obstacles he must overcome, is a miracle. 

A couple nights ago Andy was feeding Elijah his bedtime snack.  It was raining and I walked by to go look out the window.  Elijah visually tracked me as I went by and said a growly, "Mawhm." I turned around, tears streaming down my face, and said, "Yes, Elijah,
I'm mom!"  He smiled at me.  He knew he said mom and he was proud. 

So how do you describe a miracle?  Do I tell you that the sky doesn't open up and light doesn't shine on you like you think it should?  Do I tell you how I proceeded with my evening, washing the dishes while Andy put Elijah to bed?  Do I also tell you that I could hardly see the dishes through my tears as I washed and cried and praised God for our miracle?  Life goes on - sometimes miracles take place before bath time, after a walk, while it rains, and during a yummy peach snack.


Sometimes a miracle is in a word. And it sounds like Mawhm.

11 comments:

TherExtras said...

Beautiful.

Mo said...

Oh man...I'm swallowing a lump in my throat right now. I am so happy for you that you just experienced this...and just as happy for that sweet little being of yours for conquering something so miraculous. He made my night.

Candace said...

AWESOME! Little man, you keep thrilling your momma! Oh I know you must have been on cloud nine! What a thrill, something you will remember for the rest of your life!

Katy said...

Wonderful.

Anonymous said...

That is awesome! and it made we teary, I am so proud of him to! and I bet it made your day to :)
I love your outlook Lisa, you have a way of inspiring others to take joy in each moment and to find miracles in the everyday. Its so true that just because there is no flash from the sky or a sounding orchestra in the distance when these miracles happen, doesn't mean they aren't profound....in fact it makes them more so, because you have to be paying attention and watching for the gifts that God gives to us, and savor the moments that take our breath away!
Heres to many more such miracles :)
Karen Lausted

Jill said...

I love this post. Andy was telling me about the moment at work today and I had tears in my eyes and a shiver up my spine. Elijah is so amazing.

Tony and Kari Kardell said...

Sweet music to your ears!! We are happy for you! Have a delightful Sabbath Mawhm!

sug said...

Of all the blogs I read, and all the posts I've read, this is the best. A total miracle! You are blessed, Lisa! Now we know Elijah can do it! He has outwardly demonstrated his potential...which is limitless. Have a great weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sugar magnolia said...

Oops, that above comment was from me...sorry I didn't type it my full name!

Molly said...

love this. so much!

Edie Mindell said...

I'm a great believer of miracles of everyday life. And it's true that miracles do happen every minute of our lives with the people around us. A new day each morning is already a miracle by GOD. Thanks for your post. It is very touching indeed. :-)

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