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Because we dared to shift our lives in a new direction, all of these little miracles started making themselves known. In fact, I discovered that perhaps the beauty of shifting isn’t its promise of a single miracle, but the promise of many. You see, the action required by a positive life shift acts like a stone that is thrown into a pond. When the stone hits the water, it creates a ripple effect, which in this case, represents the many miracles whose origins can be traced back to that single stone, or shift.
For example, one of the ripples that grew from this shift was so powerful that it helped a miracle reach into the life of a friend. After hearing of my house-selling miracle, she called me to pray for her house to sell as well. Her husband had already gone to San Francisco to begin a new job, leaving her and the kids behind to deal with the sale of the house. She told me she was getting anxious because the house had been for sale for several months, but no one expressed any interest in purchasing it. Upon her request, I prayed earnestly for her house to sell. A week later, her house sold. I do not know whether it was luck or prayer that helped her out, but I was so happy that she was finally able to move her family to San Francisco.
As a family, we “shifted” our way of thinking, such that we turned a missed opportunity into an opportunity to find something even better. We were brave enough to walk on the journey of uncertainty ahead and return we have gifted a miracle. After we settled down in the city of Monterey Park, which is a small city adjacent to LA, my husband began looking for a job. Within a week, he was offered a position with a USC-affiliated hospital. The dean told my husband that the director just quit suddenly for no reason given, and she (the dean) was surprised to find my husband to fill the position so quickly.
And the miracles did not stop there. Instead, they trickled into our lives for years to come, each representing a ripple moving outward from that single shift – the decision to move to California. One of the biggest miracles for us was that with my husband on faculty at USC, we did not have to pay tuition for our children to attend this prominent private school. So not only did we get to save money that would instead go towards providing them with other life experiences, but we were also able to provide them with a world-class education that will serve them for the rest of their lives.
Every time I think back what had transpired during the journey that we embarked upon simply by having the ability to shift perspectives and plans, I can’t help to render my gratitude to the almighty God or the Universe.
Recently I came across this quotation by a well-known preacher, Joel Osteen: “Bottom line: God will not allow any person to keep you from your destiny. They may be bigger, stronger, or more powerful, but God knows how to shift things around and get you to where you’re supposed to be.” Indeed, He shifts things around us in such a way that, if we are able to join him in the shift, we open ourselves up to receiving endless miracles.