According to Wikipedia, the definition of a miracle is “… an event not explained by natural or scientific laws.” Informally, the word miracle is often used to characterize any beneficial event that is statistically unlikely but not contrary to the laws of nature. Often when we think of miracles, we think of those who have survived a natural disaster, or simply a ‘wonderful’ occurrence, regardless of likelihood, such as birth of a newborn child.
Other such miracles might include the survival of a previously diagnosed terminal illness or escaping a life-threatening situation or ‘beating the odds.’ Some people might label this as just a coincidence. Many others would emphatically believe these events exclusively happen by Divine Intervention.
You may be wondering how in the world can the rudeness of a stranger end up being seen as a miracle. Well I’m here to tell you, yes it can and it did in my life exactly 21 years ago. When I found myself unexpectedly pregnant with my 3rd child at the age of 40, I had no idea how one simple future event would change my entire life.
Let me explain. I struggled with this pregnancy all throughout carrying my future daughter, Nadean. Unlike alot of younger mothers who truly enjoy their pregnancies, mine was somewhat difficult. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. One late afternoon, about 31 weeks along, I started experiencing what I originally thought were phantom ‘Braxton Hicks’ contractions. However, I soon realized that this abdominal pain wasn’t getting any better, but worse.
With the urging of my husband, I called my physician and was advised to go straight to the emergency room to find out what was going on. When I arrived, I was given a shot of Demerol to ease the pain and of course, went thru the usual lab workup and even a sonogram. After it became apparent that the pain was not getting any better, the attending ER doctor advised me that he was keeping me ‘overnight’ as my Primary Care Physician wanted to personally check me out in the morning.
That said, I was placed in what they called an ‘observation’ room and when the nurse came in to check on me, she explained that she was instructed that she would need to do an ‘IV’. I hate IVs. I told her I didn’t want it, but she further advised that evidently my doctor may need to ‘go in’ and take a look to see what was going on inside and this was part of the prep work. I still didn’t want one. She ignored me and left to get the ‘needle’…
There were only white curtains dividing my space and as such, you could hear everything pass the curtain divider. As it turns out, I could hear my nurse speaking to another nurse as clear as day. I couldn’t believe my ears when I overheard her say, “I don’t know what all the fuss is about. She’s just an ‘old’ mother and probably just passing gas!”
Well… how ‘rude’ was that?!? She didn’t even know me and certainly this was so inappropriate, let alone unprofessional. Then I realized that the ‘pain’ had somewhat subsided and then it happened. I made the decision to leave. Yes, to leave. I told my husband I was feeling a lot better and simply wanted to go home. Of course I had to sign a ‘waiver’ to be released, but I did and am I ever so thankful for making that decision. I promised the ER doctor that I would just rest on my couch and make an appointment with my physician for the next day.
Fast forward five more weeks, January 20, 1998 to be more precise. I was scheduled for a C-Section, as I had had two previous ‘breech babies’ with C-Section performed for them as well. Evidently, when they opened me up, my entire ‘placenta’ was lying on top of my uterus! (This is known as ‘placenta per creta’ for those of you in the medical field.) Evidently what happened was the ‘placenta’ had torn a hole through my uterine wall. Fortunately, my daughter Nadean was delivered immediately and suffered no health issues.
Long story short, after going thru a life-saving hysterectomy, I ended up staying in the hospital for two long weeks. While in recovery, one of the attending physicians checked in on me to see how I was doing. You won’t believe what she told me!
“You know, you should go out and buy a lottery ticket”, she remarked. Why I asked. She explained that had I not been in a hospital environment, and instead at home going thru normal labor, my daughter would have had only six minutes to be born without oxygen deprivation, but I myself would have bled out in 20 minutes. But she continued. Do you remember when you were in the ER some time ago last month? It was me that was planning to come the next morning to do ‘exploratory surgery’ as I suspected you may have had a hernia. But you left for some reason and signed a waiver.
Then it hit me. Divine intervention had to have happened. Shivers went up my spine! Everyone! Do you realize that if it wasn’t for the ‘rudeness of a stranger’ and that nurse hadn’t said what she said, my daughter may have not survived the surgery! This truly was a miracle in the synchronicity of events that occured. This wasn’t an accident folks. This is the real deal – a genuine, authentic ‘miracle’.
Have you ever wondered about how things seem to happen for a reason? They say that synchronicity is a connection that happens in a timely way. Synchronicity also usually clusters around significant events. These meaningful connections, when they occur, guide us, warn us, or confirm to us on our path. Coincidence happens at a specific moment.
Call it what you will. To me, it was Divine Intervention. I believe devoutly in God and I KNOW that he had a hand in ‘nudging’ that nurse to say what she did.
So the next time you overhear someone making a rude comment, stop and think for a moment. Don’t be so judgmental and have some forgiveness in your heart. There may be a miracle in the works!
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I’m glad you’re both ok and everything worked out. Great article!!
Mari Lara, thank you for your kind comments. Yes, I thank God everyday for my life and the life of my daughter, Nadean, who is now 22 years old! Many blessings to you.
Wow! What a great story. I love it when I realize that divine intervention has occurred. Thanks for sharing this awesome story!
Julie, thank you! I shall be writing a sequel entitled, “Unexpected Miracles Happen Everyday” which should be published by the first of June.
I agree with you in this one and I believed in miracle.
April, thank you for your comment. Yes, yes, yes Miracles are definitely real. Many blessings to you.
Wow.. this is beautiful. I completely believe that this was divine intervention. It’s so important to remember that everything happens for a reason even though we might not know the reason, even though it may make no sense, there’ll be some good coming from it.
Shanaya, thanks foe your kind words. Yes divine intervention is so real. Many blessings.
That’s a good point that the “extravagant” things that happen aren’t the only things that are miracles. If we pay more attention, we can see more amazing things happening and being worked out on our behalf. We don’t always have the full picture, but looking back, as you did with this pregnancy and birth, can reveal God putting together something awesome!
Charlene, thank you so much for your kind words regarding my blog articlee on ‘Unexpected Miracles Happen Everyday’. I’m so glad you enjoyed reading. Many blessings.
Love! I must share this story because I just love your positive outlook. Beautiful miracle!
DaLorean, thank you for your kind words. I’m going to be launching my first ebook in February expanding on this true story. Look for it, it is titled, “The Power of Unexpected Miracles”. Have a blessed day!
I love posts that share the bright side of what could have otherwise been considered an unfortunate event, only worth complaining over. When something unpleasant happens, I try to make it a habit to ask: I wonder why this is happening? Is something else connected to this event? or What am I supposed to learn here? It is difficult to do but so worth it – the change in perspective can be completely mood altering – and even life altering as you’ve described here. Congratulations on your miracle!
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Joan, your comments mean so much to me! Thank you. Blessings to you.
What a beautiful story! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
Maria, thank you for your comments.
This was really uplifting! Thanks for sharing! I love your perspective- Devine intervention can come in many forms, rude nurses etc.
Kevin, thanks for the kind words!
Wow!!! How lucky were you to have such a rude nurse!. I love your perspective on life & how you put a positive spin on everything. Lovely read 🙂
Wow, I’m glad it turned out well. This is a miracle indeed. I will remember your “Divine Intervention.” 🙂
Ye, thanks for the comment. You have a blessed holiday season!
Wow, what a great story! Sometimes it is very important to realize that something negative one day might be the reason something wonderful happened after.
Monica, thank you so much for your comment. I also call these events, ‘blessings in disguise’!.
Wow! Glad you and your baby are ok. I do believe miracles happen! I try to think a lot of things are blessings in disguises.
Cristy, yes alot of things are blessings un disguise.
Wow, what an amazing perspective! First of all, I love how you differentiate between divine intervention and a coincidence because I also believe there’s a difference. Also, there are many times were people have been jerks but it ended up working out for the best! Sometimes it might not even be that dramatic but these individuals are teaching us to be kinder and more patient.
Kate, I couldn’t agree more with you! Thanks for your comment.