Curious about a possible miracle, Fern from Piekerton, Manitoba, Canada writes,
I’ve been practicing trying to recognize miracles created by one of the Gods. You said that it is sometimes difficult to distinguish between miracles and coincidences; now I know what you mean. I’m fairly certain that what I’m about to relate is an example of a miracle, but I’m not absolutely sure. I’m hoping you can tell me whether it is.
The other evening, I went to a restaurant with my Uncle Arnold, who is not phenomenally wealthy, but he is very comfortable financially. In reality, “comfortable” is a bit of an understatement. A trusted, comfy lounge chair is downright painful compared to my uncle’s financial wellbeing.
Here’s the possible miracle: After the meal, Uncle Arnold picked up the check. In fact, he didn’t just pick it up; he paid it.
It wasn’t an especially expensive restaurant, but what made me think it might be a God-given miracle is that, to the best of my knowledge, before that night, Uncle Arnold had never picked up a check in his life. Nor, again to the best of my knowledge, had he ever even made any motions indicating that he might, possibly be willing to pay the bill if and only if everyone else at the table is miserably destitute and couldn’t possibly afford to pay for their meals and Uncle Arnold’s as well.
Is Uncle Arnold picking up the check an example of a miracle?
To be True, A Miracle Must be Miraculous
Well, Fern, it’s really hard to say until I have more information. For example, your uncle has probably been to restaurants with other people when you weren’t there. Maybe he always picks up the check when you’re not around, but he hates you with a burning rage. Possibly, he doesn’t want to buy you a meal because that might give you the horribly false impression that he likes you. It could be that he felt guilty about it this one time. That’s not a miracle. It’s just a failure of his resolve to snub you.
Or maybe his memory is not very good. He might pick up his share of the checks most of the time, but he forgets who he has bought meals for in the past. If he bought you a meal this time, that’s not a miracle. It’s just the luck of the draw, whereas his past failures to pick up the check were just part of a string of bad luck on your part.
Or, along the same lines, your uncle’s memory might be exceptionally bad. He may intend to pick up his share of the checks, but he always thinks he picked up the last one. Maybe this time he managed to remember that he didn’t pay the last time. If so, that’s not a miracle. It’s a one-time firing of a lonely neuron in your uncle’s dusty brain.
Then again, there are some people who absolutely, positively, never, ever pick up a check. I don’t know if it’s genetics or an annoying habit they’ve acquired—nature or nurture—but, whatever the case, you’ve got a better chance of winning the longest-of-odds lottery than getting these people to splurge for the cheapest of restaurant meals. If it cost a cent to prevent total planetary nuclear annihilation, these people might fork over the penny, but only after they’ve totally convinced themselves that they can’t cajole anyone else into paying the price.
If your uncle is one of these extreme penny-pinchers and he was in possession of his full faculties—or what passes for full faculties in these sorts of people—when the check came, then, yes, you probably witnessed a miracle.
God 234 is known for getting exceptionally pissed off when She sees one of these mega-skinflints in action. If She happened to be visiting God One’s universe and was looking down on you while you and your uncle were in the restaurant, She would definitely have forced your uncle’s hand toward the check and then his wallet.
I would say “congratulations” for having possibly experienced a miracle, but, because there are an infinite number of Gods in the world, miracles are extremely common and not worthy of congratulations. Yet, so few people recognize miracles for what they are, so I suppose I should congratulate you for spotting this potential miracle. Congratulations!