In the year 1941, World War 1 raged across many countries, leaving destruction and chaos in its path. A relief ship from the Red Cross was sailing towards Greece with a load of supplies, but when Greece fell to the Germans, the ship was redirected to a harbor in Alexandria, Egypt. Fearing that the ships in this harbor might be attacked, the captain planned to plunge all of its cargo into the water and sneak back out to the open sea as soon as possible. However, one person stood in the way. A young Scottish sailor on board insisted that they unload the supplies so that an orphanage in Egypt could use them. The sailor won and the supplies were promptly left on the dock.
At the same time, Lillian Trasher, the founder of an Egyptian orphanage with more than 900 children, was praying fervently that God would work a miracle. The orphanage was in a desperate situation. If they didn’t receive supplies soon, the orphanage would have to be shut down or everyone would starve to death. The very next morning, Lillian Trasher was called to Alexandria and given all of the supplies from the Red Cross ship. This near disaster was diverted by one miracle.
Blow-your-mind miracles are not at all uncommon for God’s people. Just when everything looks hopeless, God comes through in a mighty way. Let’s look at a few more real life examples of this in play:
1) Esther and the Jews: The Jews living within Babylonian provinces were all to be massacred on an appointed day, but Queen Esther stepped in and begged her king husband to spare her life and the lives of her countrymen. However, the story doesn’t end there. Not only were the Jews saved, but they actually ended up destroying their enemies – over 75,000 to be precise. What was supposed to be the end turned into a massive victory for God’s people. Esther 9:22 describes this time as being, “the month which was turned from sorrow to joy”. God is an expert at turning complete disaster into complete victory.
2) Ruth: Ruth lost everything. Her husband passed away, making her a widow at a very young age. To add to her troubles, she was leaving everything familiar-her family, her home, and her religion-to go back to Israel with her mother in law Naomi. In order to put food on the table, Ruth had to glean in the wheat fields, basically picking up whatever the harvesters left behind. Life looked pretty bleak, and there was no obvious prospect of it improving. However, God was about to reward Ruth for her faithfulness in a mighty way. Boaz, the owner of the field where she gleaned, noticed her. He immediately gave her favor in his fields, and eventually he married Ruth. When she followed God, Ruth regained what she had lost and then some.
3) Jesus: It was over. After three years of successful ministry, Jesus was suddenly arrested and then crucified. The disciples were utterly devastated. The creator of the universe had just died! With Jesus’ last breath, the sky itself went black. But we all know now that the story doesn’t end here. After three dark, dismal days, Jesus Christ defeated sin and death and rose from the grave. Just when it looked like everything was finished, everything began. Jesus’ resurrection shows us that the bigger the tragedy, the bigger the triumph.
The wonderful thing about God is that He doesn’t play favorites. He loves you just as much as He loved Lillian, Esther, the Jews, and Ruth. He finds pleasure in giving us “beauty for ashes” as Isaiah 61:3 says. When we surrender to Him, we give Him a chance to turn our mess into His message. Even when the situation looks entirely hopeless, God is at hand, working all things together for our good. (Romans 8:28)
Note: First story found in the book Lillian Trasher by Janet and Geoff Benge. I highly recommend this book if you want to learn more about a great woman of faith!
Audrey French is a seventeen year old homeschooler from the state of Arizona. She spends a majority of her time writing, reading, dancing, and teaching public speaking classes. Nothing makes her happier than a night of playing games and telling jokes with good friends. She is passionate about her faith in Jesus and helping nonprofit organizations such as Compassion International and Feed My Starving Children. You can find her blogging at Livingblessedwithless.wordpress.com
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