Many years ago a group of well meaning Christians layed hands on me and asked God that my right leg be "healed" in the sense that it would grow back to the length it was before the accident that had shortened it... nothing happened and they were quite surprised that nothing had happened... but I was not dissapointed as far as I was concerned it was a miracle that I still had my leg... seeing more than 27 bits of bone on an x ray makes one gratefull when 18 months later you put down the crutches...
Then last year I had another accident and the same leg was involved... titanium screws and plate helped get all the parts together again. I had proper therapy this time as well and with the help of the physiotherapist I now have more movement than ever in my ankle... Because she was able to explain why and we both wanted the leg to be better than before... so in a way there was laying on of hands...
If you are wondering where this is leading to bear with me.
You see I believe in the microcosmic miracle as well as the blown away type. The healing in both my accidents were on the microcosmic scale. Insignificant to many people but real to me, God worked a miracle, he made me walk again, not once but twice!
That is why I am always puzzled when people say they do not believe in miracles because X's leg that was amputated never grew back when people prayed and layed hand on X... that is just an example of how people want to be convinced by "blown away" miracles.
Then today in church we again read a passage from Luke 1, but that is not what caught my eye... the last verses of the previous book was what I had never really seen before!
St Mark 16 verse 18
They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
There was my answer and the answer for the ones that get dissapointed when the miracle that they hoped for never happened... Jesus said "sick" not maimed! However I do believe that if God wants to and it would glorify his name that he would restore a maimed person as well. We shoul also remember that God promised perfect bodies when we join him in Heaven, so as a person with "battle scars" so to speak I have no use to be perfect in body while on this mortal coil. The porpose of a "blown away" miracle is never for the person involved as such but for the glorification of God and to serve as example of his Power and Majesty. The person recieving the miracle is a vessel for this purpose. Not for us but for You!
The quote for the day is also very true... each breath I take is a "blown away" miracle to me!
"We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery." H. G. Wells (1866 - 1946)