136 students, 18 teachers, 2 terrorists and 1 bomb. Do you need a miracle? See the Cokeville Miracle In theaters June 5.
Every day, billions of people wake up in the morning and go about their busy days. For some, the busyness of the day does not allow for time to reflect, while for others, the mundane routine offers little to look forward to, or to be grateful for.
The nature of life today does not often lend itself to recognizing the miracles happening around us and often to us. It is this inability to see everyday miracles in our lives that often causes depression, anxiety and hopelessness.
When we focus more on the miracles in our lives, we can have a better outlook on life and be happier.
Here are seven everyday miracles you may be overlooking.
People changing before your eyes
You've heard it before, the saying that "people don't really change." Well, that couldn't be farther from the truth. We've all seen the examples. What about abusive, alcoholic father who somehow, someway came to his senses to overcome addiction, save his marriage and family relationships?
Myriad other examples flood the earth everyday. As the famous Russian author, Leo Tolstoy once wrote, "Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself." When you accept that people can and do change, you see miracles in abundance.
Protection in time of need
Even when you are having a difficult time seeing the miracles in your life, there are plenty of examples of miracles from those who came before us, that we can look back on and learn from.
Nineteen years ago, in the small town of Cokeville, Wyoming, an elementary school filled with students, teachers and staff, was taken hostage by two people carrying weapons, including guns and a bomb designed to blow up the school.
After many hours, the bomb went off inside the room that held every child and adult as well as the two perpetrators. Miraculously, aside from some injuries, the only fatalities were those of the perpetrators.
The miracles didn't stop there; children gave accounts of angels who kept them safe and calm during the ordeal. The accounts of which, were recreated in the movie The Cokeville Miracle.
The story of Colton Burpo, a small town Nebraska boy, is just one of many where death came knocking and its intended victim didn't succumb. As told in the New York Times Bestselling book and 2014 film Heaven Is For Real Colton underwent a life-threatening surgery that he miraculously endured.
After the surgery Colton told his family what he experienced and how he'd visited Heaven. His story isn't the only of its kind but sure does touch hearts and remind us all that miracles do happen.
Advances in technology
Technology is everywhere — so much so that the miracle of its very existence is often overlooked. From different forms of communication to life changing medical advancements, technology changes lives for the better everyday.
This was the case with a Utah couple, who after eight years struggling with infertility, recently had quadruplets. The couple was quoted as saying, "These babies are miracles."
Healthy family relationships
Living under the same roof with the same people day in and day out can be strenuous on any relationship. Family relationships can be some of the closest, while at the same time, the most distant. Personalities clash, feelings get hurt and bridges have a way of burning, often causing feuds that last years.
Many who find themselves in situations like these are often known to say, "It would take a miracle to fix our family." And as those who have overcome such odds can attest to, it took just that.
Random acts of kindness
Cookies delivered to your door, a nice note in the mailbox or inbox, a smile from a stranger. These seemingly small acts can often have miraculous effects from healing the sick to causing more kindness to be spread.
When one feels loved, he or she is more apt to show kindness toward others, spreading miraculous acts of kindness and love.
The earth around you
Look at the mountains, the valleys, the trees, flowers, rivers and streams. The beauty, alone is awe-inspiring. If you think about what part each earthly element plays, you realize that each is miraculous.
The mountains provide protection from passing storms; the trees and flowers produce oxygen for us to breathe; the rivers provide much-needed water for all living creatures. These are just a few of the miracles found in the earth, and there are millions.
Miracles happen around us all the time — even on an everyday basis. All we need to do is open our eyes, minds and hearts to see them.