Live in the Miracle of Each Moment

If there’s one thing I learned from my daughter, it’s that little things count big. With moderate-to-severe developmental delays, each small accomplishment she makes becomes incredibly important.

With Rachel’s first unassisted step not coming until age 4 and her first word not spoken until a few months later, all the in-between progress took on magnified importance.  

  • Rolling over
  • Sitting up unsupported
  • Developing the muscle tone to actually crawl
  • Moving in a baby walker
  • Pushing a toy shopping cart
  • Walking with only the aid of a cane
  • Taking that final glorified step!

Rach pushing walking toy

Rach pushing cart

Rachel walking with cane, 2002

Rach learning to walk

You can bet we cheered big for each of those small, generally expected accomplishments.

Even as she nears adulthood, the celebrations continue as she more frequently manages to get undressed by herself, buckle her own seat belt, pour milk into her bowl without spilling, express a need using her augmentative communication device. 

With my other children I cheered on the big milestones. With Rachel, every milestone is big.

The normally insignificant takes on increased importance. The ordinary becomes miraculous.

The same can be said for each of us.

Embrace the Miracle of Each Moment

What if we lived like that all the time? What if we embrace the miracle of each moment? What if we chose to see the bigness of the seemingly insignificant? 

The longer I parent my daughter, the more aware I am of the miracles I’m missing. 

Rachel notices the little bits of sweetness, those tiny gifts most of us gloss right over.

Rachel-rain-delight

                                                    Rain drops!

  • The rain drop that lands on the tip of her nose
  • The ray of sun peaking through an overcast sky
  • The bird fluffing its plume
  • The bug crawling on the sidewalk
  • The ragged man sitting alone in the booth
  • The mere presence of a loved one

More than that, she demonstrates little actions that speak big. 

  • A hug that lifts a spirit
  • A smile that warms a heart
  • A giggle that cuts the tension
  • A “hi” that greets everyone, friend or soon-to-be friend (there are no others)
  • A welcome that is truly unconditional

Real Beauty

miracle and beauty

When Rachel was little I’d pray for the big miracle of healing. Thinking the real beauty would shine when she’d be walking and talking and carrying on like a typical child her age.

Then in desperation I drew nearer to God. Or was it I finally realized how near He was to me?  

In desperation I drew nearer to God. Or was it I finally realized how near He was to me? Click To Tweet

And I discovered I didn’t have to wait for the beauty. It presented itself in every breath my sweet girl took.

I discovered that the miracles weren’t delayed. They were woven in each day’s happenings. 

Life itself is infused with beauty; saturated with miracles. 

Life itself is infused with beauty; saturated with miracles. Click To Tweet

We often look for the big and magnificent, but the little and seemingly insignificant often hold the most transformation and meaning. 

No one jumps from a helpless infant to a walking toddler. Tiny miracles occur in the minutes, hours and days leading up to that milestone. Too often we miss the tiny in-between gifts because we focus solely on the final outcome. 

If I’ve learned anything from raising this precious gift of my daughter, it’s that our God is big enough to infuse the tiniest moments with great beauty. 

And He does every day!

Our God is big enough to infuse the tiniest moments with great beauty. And He does every day! Click To Tweet

Reflections: Are you too busy looking for the big miracles that you’re missing the little ones saturating your day? Are you missing the beauty infused in all the tiny moments? 

I am always thrilled to link up with Suzie Eller for #livefreeThursday and this week’s prompt, “How BIG is our God?” Click on the image to check out the wonderful encouragement.

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Julie

I am a blessed wife, mother of four, and follower of Jesus Christ, celebrating each messy day through His grace. I write, edit, and speak as God leads.

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  • Liz

    Oh, Julie! This is pure truth! I think as a society that craves answers we have explained away the miraculous. We have reduced God to equations and formulas and scientific laws. But He is so much bigger and in control of every thing. The very breath I breathe is a miracle! We so often take the simple for granted in search for the spectacular. What a shame! Just beautiful! Blessings, Liz

    • Thank you, Liz. You are so right that we try to explain away and “scientifically prove” everything. But you and I know, our God is a God of miracles and they happen all the time!

  • Crystal Sunshine Hornback

    Oh Julie! This is simply beautiful; thank you for a powerful reminder. #livefreeThursday

    • A reminder I continually need as well, Crystal. We serve a God of abundant miracles! Let’s take notice of them.

  • Thanks for your words here, Julie. Each day does, indeed, hold many small miracles. Sometimes we miss them because we’re looking for that big one! Beautiful.

    • So appreciate your visit and sweet words, Betsy.

  • Cindy

    “The ordinary becomes miraculous”. I just love that! It is amazing what miracles God provides if we just take the time to appreciate them. As a new “MiMi” I think I have become more aware of this than ever before. Thank you for your wonderful words, Julie! Cindy

    • Congratulations, Cindy! How exciting this new chapter of your life will be. Being intentional about noticing them is key. God provides; we need to see.

  • Cecelia Lester (Quiet Spirit)

    Julie: I heard a long time ago that success comes in tiny little chunks. When we observe the small things in life, the big things fall into place.

  • Julie,
    Such a beautiful post. Our daughter has a significant amount of special needs, as well. I was nodding my head, yes yes YES, with every word you wrote here. I, too, worked hard and aimed for the healing in the beginning. And now, as much as I continue to pray and believe our God still does miracles, I am embracing the here and now. I wrote a similar post not too long ago about just this.

    It was so nice to get to meet you last week. I wish there were more time! Next year, though!!!
    Blessings and smiles,
    Lori

    • It would have been fun to get some one-on-one time with you, Lori! I would love to hear more of your story. Alas, time is always so short during events like that, even with all the free time Suzie incorporated. Yes, let’s make a point of chatting more next year.

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