There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. Albert Einstein
Sure, you could live like nothing is a miracle. But what’s the fun in that?
If you live like everything is a miracle, you have a reason to pause, to appreciate, and to marvel.
Miracles give you an opportunity to feel awe. Miracles allow you to feel humbled by the evidence of something much larger than you, grander than you can understand, and far more powerful than you will ever be. In that awe and humility you can experience the serenity of knowing that somehow, in someway, you are connected to that grand and powerful force.
And there are miracles all around you.
Something like 13 billion years ago this universe didn’t exist. All of the matter in the universe was compressed into a space so small it can’t even be measured. All of the atoms that make up my body were there before they were here in me. I can’t get my mind around how that could be. I’m in awe of the miracle of the universe’s existence.
For some reason, all that compressed matter began to expand rapidly in an event we call “The Big Bang”. Once “The Big Bang” began, the universe was a million billion miles across and 98% of the all the matter that exists today was created– in just a matter of minutes! I’m in awe of the power unleashed and the scope of the universe. A million billion miles? How big is that?
Somehow, our solar system has a star of the right age and size so that a planet at just the right distance from it could potentially harbor life. Somehow our planet formed at just the right size so the gravitational pull was strong enough to hold in oxygen but not too strong that it would pull in unwanted gases from space.
Somehow our planet had the right composition of water, temperatures, and elements so that over millions of years, the simplest, single celled organisms could appear. And over millions of years more, those single celled organisms would evolve into every kind of life that exists or has existed on the planet. Those single cell organisms would become fish, plants, butterflies, dinosaurs, primates, and eventually humans. Somehow the atmosphere manages to maintain a consistent range so that extreme heat, cold, and storms wouldn’t destroy nearly every living thing on the planet.
Somehow every single one of your ancestors managed to avoid death for a long enough period of time that they could pass along their DNA. I can’t even begin to cover the odds of your birth. PBS covers that miracle quite well in their series, The Miracle of Life. Trust me, the odds of you arriving here from fertilization to birth are incalculable.
The fact that you exist here and now on this planet and in this universe is a freaking miracle.
If you are a miracle living in a miracle, what can you give of yourself and to others that is worthy of that?
Are you going to live like the miracle your life is?