For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. – Psalm 139:13-15.

My great-grandfather’s last name was Marical but one of his grandsons pronounced the name, “Miracle” and some branches of the family do spell the name that way. My mother’s cousin, Winifred Marical, told his pastor that he was “a walking, talking miracle.” At his funeral the pastor said he did not know that Winifred’s last name was actually spelled, Marical, because he had always said that he was “a walking, talking miracle” and he had been Winifred’s pastor for twenty years.

What is a miracle? It is an extraordinary event or thing unexplainable by human means. That’s my definition but I think that most people will agree with it. Every person on this earth is “a walking, talking miracle,” even those who are unable to walk or talk because they are alive and that is a miracle. In comparison to every other creature on this earth the human being is extraordinary and marvelous. Even with all of the scientific advances that have been made, man can still not create life of any kind much less create a human being. The human body has yet to be reverse engineered successfully. I would submit to you that even if man could build a human being exactly like another human being on this earth that it still would not become a living thing because only God can give life. We know all of the elements that make up a flower seed but we still cannot make one from scratch and make it grow into a flower.

Dr. John Medina, genetic engineer, University of Washington, in a 1995 lecture at Multnomah Bible College, Portland, Oregon said, “The average human heart pumps over 1,000 gallons a day, over 55 million gallons in a lifetime. This is enough to fill 13 super tankers. It never sleeps, beating 2.5 billion times in a lifetime. The lungs contain 1,000 miles of capillaries. The process of exchanging oxygen for carbon dioxide is so complicated that it is more difficult to exchange O2 for CO2 than for a man shot out of a cannon to carve the Lord’s Prayer on the head of a pin as he passes by.”

The heart and the lungs are extraordinary creations but there is also the brain, and the thumb, and so many other incredible things that are contained in the body of a human being. There are so many things that are still beyond our understanding that are contained within the human body. Knowing the incredible intricacies of our own bodies how can anyone deny that there is a Creator? The Psalmist said it very well, “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.” Praise God because you are alive, you have life, and that is a miracle!

(Life is a miracle.)

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