Was It Really a Miracle?

“Jesus speaks in truths and promises.” Pastor James Sunnock


For the past few weeks I’ve been sharing with you about the miracle God gave our family back at Christmastime. You might be reading about what happened and yet be skeptical, asking me, “Was it a miracle, Cheri, or just you working hard to get money to pay the bills?”

 I think, when God wants to show off, He sets the stage so that one can’t argue it was God doing all the work instead of human effort. I, for one, love giving Him the glory, always, and will forever point others to see His power and glory in its finest.

Here are a few reasons why I know it was a miracle God performed and nothing I did:


  • When God gave me the choice (Option A or Option B), when I chose to let God handle restoring what was lost, I kept my hands off. I didn’t seek out how to recover what was lost, I didn’t have conversations with people about how to recover my income – the only conversations I had were with my husband (we prayed together), a couple I pray with at my church, my pastor, and two close friends. I also told our kids because I knew God was going to move in a mighty way and when He came through (not if), I wanted the stage set so they knew who got the glory!
  • God brought the restored income to me! I didn’t seek it out. I didn’t ask for more work. I went about my normal agenda and God orchestrated the conversations for me with each and every opportunity. Each and every one.
  • Back in November when I published Rejoicing in Closed Doors – Part II, I referred to some doors God closed pretty tightly. I was confused because I had gone into the meeting knowing He was with me, yet, He still closed doors tightly that I had been waiting patiently to open for 18 months. I chose to praise Him for the closed doors instead of getting disappointed and His answer was “be still and wait,” a familiar verse/theme all year between Him and I. I believe He opened the door with a one-month assignment in December purposefully – His timing is perfect, never early, never late and exactly what I needed. I also believe I wouldn’t have been given that opportunity in December if I hadn’t obeyed and chosen Option B, keeping my hands off.


The miracle occurred on Thursday. Three days later, God used that week’s Advent sermon to further encourage me. Our pastor spoke from Mark 4 and 5 about two separate events which were connected. The first event he explained involved the disciples and Jesus in a boat during a storm. The disciples were terrified and woke Jesus up to fix it. He had been sleeping peacefully, fully trusting His Father’s words that He had a destination to go to and God would get Him there. The second event is what happened when they arrived at their destination. They arrived at the region of Gerasenes where they met with a demonic man (who was possessed by many demons) and through another miracle, Jesus was able to free the man who had been held captive by demons for years. Our pastor explained that “we will weather many storms in our lives when we’re on our way to our greatest victories.”

That got me thinking. At the time of this writing, we have received our miracle, which is more than enough for me, but at the beginning of fulfilling it, He gave a glimpse of something more to come – possibly the answer to a several year-old prayer. And I believe at the time you’re reading this, God will have either already answered that prayer (it will have been time) or we will be even closer to the answer and He will have revealed even more of His plan for our family – not because we deserve it, but because we have been obedient and faithful to what He has asked us to do.

Feel free to ask me in the comment section or private message me … and I will be happy to share with you the amazing changes that have occurred in our lives.

And as I always love to say and can never say enough – what He’s willing to do for our family, He’s willing and waiting to do for you. It’s up to you to start the conversation with Him, though. He’s a gentleman and won’t push Himself on you.

© Cheri Swalwell 2019


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