May I ask you a question? Do you find it odd that we often wait for what we can expect, looking beyond the things we can’t? How better it would be if our only concern in this life was for our daily provision, while leaving the unexpected up to God and Him alone? Miracles are not merely stories that we read about in the Bible. Isn’t it true that God is capable of doing them without our expectation?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

Spring has arrived and Holly and I are out walking in the yard again. We wandered through the orchard the other day, inspecting the bursting buds on each tree. I expected to see buds and I wasn’t disappointed when I observed that each tree was ready to burst into blossom. I stopped and ran a branch along my glove and, ending with the bud at the tip of it, I pinched it between thumb and forefinger. The complexity of that little bud suddenly became apparent. I was really holding a tiny miracle in my hand, all the time expecting it, but never really regarding it.

Here’s a story: Years before Abraham Lincoln became the country lawyer we know, he ran a country store that was going broke. He told his partner, Mr. Berry, “I really want to study law and I’d be happy if we could sell everything we’ve got and pay all our bills and have just enough left over to buy one book—Blackstone’s Commentary on English Law.” Suddenly, a strange-looking wagon came up the road. The driver angled it up close to the store porch, and said, “I’m try- ing to move my family out west, and I’m out of money. I’ve got a barrel here that I could sell for fifty cents.” Lincoln’s gazed at the man’s wife looking at him pleadingly. Lincoln ran his hand into his pocket and took out, according to him, “the last fifty cents I had” and said, “I reckon I could use a good barrel.” Later Lincoln walked out and looked down into the barrel and saw something in the bottom of it, papers that he hadn’t noticed before. He fumbled around inside the bar- rel and pulled out a book and stood petrified: it was Blackstone’s Commentary on English Law. (Author unknown.)

No doubt Lincoln gazed up into heaven thanking God for his provision at a time he least expected it. But, when you think about it, God’s wonderful works, which happen daily, are often so lightly esteemed. The fact that we have air to breathe and food to eat is no less miraculous than Lincoln finding that book. These essential miracles, because they hap- pen so constantly and without interruption, are often despised; just likely those tiny little tree buds. God provides the expected and the unexpected. Unfortunately, we often wait for what we can’t expect, looking beyond the things we can. How better it would be if our only concern were for our daily provision, while leaving the unexpected up to God.

We pray. Dear Father–Hallelujah! We praise You before all men with heart-felt thanks for Your mighty miracles. In that thankfulness we ponder them with awesome respect for what You do when we least expect it and certainly don’t deserve it. For your miracles demonstrate Your honor, majesty, and eternal goodness. Who can forget the wonders You perform–the deeds of mercy and of grace? May we never forget that our very lives are miracles. We wait on Your goodness today, expecting that what we cannot know may be ours when we least expect it. Miracles abounding! In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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