Thursday, September 25, 2008

Do you believe in miracles? For me, they usually come in twos.

"Daddy, teacher says, every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings." -It's a Wonderful Life.

If you notice I don't mention Jesus all that much on my site. It's not because I'm not a Christian. It seems that when we put our faith out there people tend to zoom in on your life a little more. I think this is because we overcome the darkness of sin by proclaiming God's love. And yes we do that when we simply say we're for Him. And I'll be the first to admit that I'm definitely afraid of the potential zooming of my life. This is something I struggle with because it is easier to take the other route. But God wants us to live our lives to the fullest. He accepts us for the good and the bad. But I digress. We're here to talk about miracles people. I think I just had this on my mind, because of what I am about to post.

This is the real post.
Every Christmas we celebrate the birth of Christ, and in the spring we celebrate His resurrection. Both are MAJOR miracles. God still makes them happen every day and twelve years ago, I witnessed one first hand. Now I'm not saying I haven't seen any since then, but this one has had a major impact on my life. But the process for the miracle...well miracles, to happen actually started 13 years ago....

(This would be 1995. Friends was the new hit show and I was at the end of my fourth grade year.)

My pappaw and my dad were extremely close. They did everything together. My pappaw restored old cars, and my dad restores old cars. My pappaw sold cars and my dad still sells cars. My pappaw suffered from depression and my dad didn't struggle with it, but he was there to pull him up from under it. This caused some problems for my parents and unfortunately only got worse when my pappaw was diagnosed with colon cancer. Long story short, times were hard for our family. Of course Jessi and I were 10 and 7, so we had no clue. We just knew that pappaw was sick. Well eventually, my pappaw died and my dad had lost his best friend. That was in the winter. In the fall of that year, he lost his best friend and groomsman to a massive heart attack. Things seemed as if they could only get worse because the holidays were just around the corner. It was to be the first Thanksiving and Christmas without Pappaw. This was a major blow because we spent every Christmas Eve together. This was even before my parents had kids. But it just seemed like it would be too hard. So our family decided to go see my grandparents in Las Vegas for Christmas to ease the pain and to just get away. (If you're lost in the time frame of the story, we're now at approximately 12 years and 9 months ago. ;)

Three months later... (aka February of 1996)

Things were still hard at times for my dad, but my parents seem to be happy for the most part. Then my mom got really sick, she was throwing up every morning. And I'm not exaggerating. Every morning at 6:30 am, she was in there yacking up the latest nastiness. Finally, my mom went to the doctor.

My mom was pregnant.

One week and a sonogram picture later...

My mom was pregnant with twins...boy twins to be exact. HA! (Loren was the first twin to be born. Not all miracles go exactly as planned. God has more than a few tricks up his sleeve.)

And twelve years later this Saturday, two little miracles were born. You see, God sees when people are hurting, and most of the time he brings you a miracle. In my family's case, it seems like we needed two. And while my parents never planned to have four kids, God planned for them to have four kids. And that's the only plan that matters.

So this Saturday, if you see Miff and Biff you just remember that they are two of God's biggest miracles this side of the Mississippi. And I happen to think that they are here for major reasons, some have already been revealed while others remain to be seen.

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