"Expect a miracle!" are the words written on a business card I have carried in my purse for several years. I believe in them because I have been expectant of, and a receiver of, miracles in my life.
Miracles, we delight in them. We find them intriguing, marvelous and oftentimes, mysterious.
Some people see the birth of a baby as a miraculous sign of God's handiwork. Others see the beauty of a magnificent sunrise, or the pink and blue hues of a sunset as miracles to behold.
I believe miracles come in many forms. Some are unfolding in the unexplainable signs of nature we see every day … like the miracle of birth or the vastness of the universe. Many are visible, yet, mysterious, answers to prayers that can't be explained any other way.
Miracles leave behind the fingerprints of God. They leave us feeling a sense of awe and warmth and wonder inside knowing that something was heaven-sent. They cause us to look at the marvelous power of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit from which they come -- and compel us to desire to get better acquainted with our loving Creator.
Over 2,000 years ago, an angel appeared to a young woman who was a virgin. When the angel informed the woman she was pregnant with a child, the woman inquired, "How can it be?" She posed this question because she was exposed to the wonder of a miracle performed by God.
The baby in her womb turned out to be Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. God brought this miracle to earth. Believing in him gives us the greatest miracle there is -- a relationship with God, dreams and visions to pursue, and everlasting life in heaven. The miracle of Christ's birth gives us everyday hope.
Miracles pave the way to our faith, and our faith paves the way to miracles. The thought of the miraculous inspires us to believe in one for ourselves. This Christmas I encourage you to expect a miracle in your own life!
• Annettee Budzban is a Christian author, inspirational speaker, life coach and nurse. You can contact her to speak at your meeting or special event by calling 847-543-8413 or email at Annetteebudzban@aol.com