Miracles Come In Small Packages, Too

| 3/5/2015 10:58:00 AM

Country MoonEveryone wants a miracle and rightfully so. They wait for the earth to shake and for a crisis in their life to disappear or to be blessed by a wondrous event. These earth-shattering experiences do happen but, more often than not, miracles come in small packages. They are all around us, everyday. We only have to be willing to see them.

The definition of a miracle is “a surprising and welcome event that is not explainable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore considered to be the work of a divine agency.” I live by the adage that my glass is half full rather than half empty. That being said, it has always been easy for me to accept phenomenon that can’t be readily explained. As the saying goes, “Just believe.”

Just recently Nolan Blackman, who lives just down the road from me, recounted a story that is a perfect example of these small wonders. His grandfather Leo Blackman had a soft spot for cedar trees. He also wanted to do something for each young man from his neighborhood who was called to do his duty during World War II. Thus, he planted a row of nearly two dozen cedar trees, one for each soldier who went off to war. Of all those trees, two died. Of the young men who went to serve, two never made it home.

Since the trees all got the same amount of rain and sunshine, there was no disease and all other factors were the same, I can’t believe this was coincidence. Apparently, the Branch County Road Commission doesn’t think so either. Since the row of trees was pretty close to the road, in the interest of safety, the trees were slated to be cut down. After the workers heard this story, they decided not to cut the trees. To this day they still stand. To me, this is a small miracle.


The trees planted by Nolan's grandfather.

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