Slow-Motion Miracles: How God is moving in the world today
When was the last time you witnessed a miracle? Perhaps it's been a while. Perhaps your perspective is too narrow. Perhaps you focus only on the dramatic "quick fix" type of miracles but fail to see that miracles can also unfold over time – miracles in slow motion.
A miracle is an event best understood as an act of divine providence. In my work for religious freedom, I've had the opportunity to observe some of these slow-motion miracles. Each of the following took time to unfold, but God's engagement is clear:
>> In 1980 there were less than 200 public school campuses in the United States with Bible study groups. The activity was considered illegal. If someone had suggested that by 2004 there would be 29,000 student-initiated and student-led Bible study groups on middle-and high-school campuses, most people would have met the idea with, "Only by an act of God!"
>> In 1984 Albania's dictator Enver Hoxja threw people in prison who possessed a Bible, cross or crucifix. Atheism was the state religion. Today Grace Community Church in Tirana, Albania, has "converted" Hoxja's former official residence into a place where believers meet for worship and Bible study daily!
>> Before communism's collapse in Eastern Europe in 1989 and in the Soviet Union two years later, followers of Christ were barred from the legal profession. Fifteen years later there are active groups of Christian lawyers and judges in many former communist nations. Some national networks link 100 or more law professionals. We have contacts in 30 former or present communist nations: unthinkable in 1984; a reality in 2004.
Sam Ericsson is president of Advocates International, a global network of lawyers, judges, and national leaders committed to religious liberty, human rights, conflict resolution, and ethics. To learn more about their important and inspiring work, go to www.advocatesinternational.org.