November 7, 2015

3 Examples of Believing Against the Odds

I believe in miracles, unexplained blessings, or whatever you want to call them. I have seen many cases of occurrences that can't be explained through natural means. Here are some examples:

  • Being in the right place at the right time
  • Narrowly avoiding serious accidents—by seconds
  • Having someone lead me away from a harmful situation
  • Finding solutions for a medical condition that probably could have eventually killed me

Touched by an Angel

This is an uplifting Christian TV drama series from the ‘90’s. It features John Dye, Roma Downey, and Della Reese.  The show is a touching sequence of stories about how the three stars, who are actually angels, interact undercover with near-hopeless humans in order to effect miraculous changes in their lives.

One episode is called “Fear Not”. It spotlights two brothers. The younger one is mentally challenged. The brothers lost their parents, and the older brother told the younger one about their deaths during the night. From then on, the younger sibling has associated darkness with death, so he cannot stand to be outside after nightfall.

By the end of the episode, the frightened young man has regained his courage to the point that he walks a few blocks in the dark by himself. Along the road to bravery, he is helped by affirmations such as these:

“When life keeps you in the dark, baby, that’s when you look to the stars.”—Della Reese, as “Tess”
“You’ve already been to the darkest place you can imagine. Now, it’s time to look for the stars.”—Roma Downey, as “Monica”

Curiously, the strong young man is only able to walk through the darkness when he lifts his head up to see the literal heavenly light/star guiding him. Symbolic? You bet! He must stop focusing on the murkiness of his “reality” and look to a higher power—just as we all must do.

Why Should we Hope Against the Odds?

“Really? Have faith? I want guarantees!” some may say. “I don’t want to get hurt. What if nothing changes? How can I afford to believe? I’m a realist!” Well, sorry, there are no assurances in life. That’s a fact that any practical person knows.

The good news is that there are many documented cases of people who see small, incremental improvements. These people don’t give up hope, and they never say “Never.” Conversely, those who don’t believe in a better life see no transformations, do they?

 So, what have you got to lose? Aren’t minor improvements preferable to a complete refusal to accept that life may get better? Isn’t a little hope/change better than floundering in darkness?

The Pursuit of Happyness (Yes, it’s spelled correctly. Look it up.)

This is a 2006 tear-jerker movie starring Will Smith and his son, Jaden. It is based on the true-life memoir of Chris Gardner, who went from being homeless to owning a multi-million dollar brokerage firm. He succeeded through sheer determination, faith, and more than a few “lucky breaks”. The movie is full of aphorisms such as this:

“Don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t do something. You got a dream, you gotta protect it. When people can’t do something themselves, they are going to tell you that you can’t do it. You want something, go get it. Period.”

What do such sayings tell us? Faith isn’t passive.

Clearissa Coward

She is an unbelievably strong lady I met on Google+. Her grit (raw determintation) is unbounded. She blogs about organizing our lives and homes. She also writes about turning run-down furniture and accessories into items fit for a luxury home. Clearissa’s organizational talents really shine in her recently chosen career of being a virtual assistant. (This is kind of like an administrative assistant in cyberspace.)

As you can tell, this lady has a lot going on. I didn’t realize quite how much she had on her plate until I read one of her most recent articles, “I Believe in Miracles…do You?”, on her all-inclusive website. In it, this woman who never gives up describes her rocky journey in dealing with her daughter’s diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. “Touching” doesn’t quite come close to describing it.

My Conclusion

Unexplained, unexpected blessings happen all the time. We just don’t always recognize their significance immediately. Me, Clearissa Coward, the makers of Touched by an Angel, and the producers of The Pursuit of Happyness all believe in some sort of miracle…Do you?

Please see more about hope against all odds in my book, Accept No Trash Talk: Overcoming the Odds.

How have you been touched by an angel?

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