There’s a legend in my family. My brother-in-law, Don, named it — “The Legend of Eddie and The Sea Wall.” It’s not really a legend. It’s actually true story.
However, you know how legends are — long tales of heroics. This one does fit the description in a very different way. It happened on one of my visits to my folk’s home in Clearwater, Florida.
My son, Eddie, at 5 loved (and still does) everything in or on the water, especially fishing. Often my dad and Eddie would sit on the edge of the dock outside my parent’s home and fish together. Mom and dad lived on an inter-coastal waterway.
When the tide was low, Eddie and my dad would climb down from the dock to the sand for walks along the inter-coastal. Eddie loved those walks, capturing little crayfish and hanging them on his shirt. With great enthusiasm and to much acclaim, he’d bring them to my mom to cook for dinner.
One warm, star-spangled evening, while my mom, dad, sister and I were enjoying the evening on the lanai, Eddie asked if he could join the next door neighbor, Mr. Nault, who was fishing on his dock. My dad walked Eddie over and came back. The next thing we know, Mr Nault has picked Eddie up off the grass next to the sea wall and is running toward us. I was terrified. We all were. Eddie had fallen off the sea wall as he walked back from Mr. Nault’s dock to my mom and dad’s place.
Here’s the thing: Eddie didn’t know how to swim and at 5 years old somehow managed to scale the sea wall back to safety after falling in the water—it’s wasn’t low tide then. How could that have happened? Here’s what I know: it was a miracle, a manifestation divine intervention. My faith exploded like a magnificent fireworks display.
Reflect on the unexpected manifestations—miracles—in your own life. Manifestations in any area of your life—things that shouldn’t be taken for granted. Small blessings, big blessings, answered prayer, surprising outcomes that were better than you had even imagined. Miracles are miracles—manifestations that are the outworking of spiritual laws, which we may not yet be aware of.
We can attract those experiences by taking no good thing in our lives for granted, by giving thanks to God, the Universe for them. We can attract them through all of the expressions of love — thoughtfulness, kindness, generosity, compassion.
We can attract them by what we love fiercely. We can attract them by following our dreams. Look for the divine presence in your life and you’ll see it.
Live from faith not fear and you’ll see them.
Editor’s Note: Sharon Connors is the reverend at Unity Spiritual Church, 10101 W. Coggins, Sun City.
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