What exactly is a miracle? There are many different definitions out there. I like the simplicity of Miracle Principle number 26 in Chapter 1 of A Course in Miracles: “Miracles represent freedom from fear.” To me, this means anytime I shift my perception from fear to love, it’s a miracle. It’s an inside job. A miracle does not require anything in the outside world to change. Miracle Principle number 35 says: “Miracles are expressions of love, but they may not always have observable effects.” Sometimes the effects are observable, but the real benefit is the freedom from fear. I experienced a miracle like that on my way to Richmond, Virginia last month.
I was not able to find a nonstop flight from Houston to Richmond, so I booked a flight that had a three-hour layover in Atlanta. That was alright with me because I have many beloved friends in Atlanta. I was hoping at least one of them would be free to join me for lunch at the airport. To my delight, one of my dearest friends whom I worked with my first summer at Disney World was able to meet me. She and I had not seen each other in years, so it was wonderful to catch up on all the happenings in each other’s lives.
We had planned on parting ways at about 1:45 so she could get home in time to meet her kids at the bus stop and I could get back to my gate well before my 2:45 flight. I mentioned that we hadn’t seen each other in years, right? Well, we laughed and chatted until 2 so I didn’t actually get to the TSA line until a few minutes after 2. As I stood there for at least another twenty minutes, I realized I had made a grave error in judgment thinking I could get back to my gate in less than a half hour. By the time my backpack and crystal singing bowl made it through the X-ray machine, I was more than a little stressed and beating myself up for not allowing more time to get through security. How embarrassing to miss my flight when I had been at the airport since 11:15 AM!
Once I got my shoes back on and retrieved my belongings, I bolted down the stairs to the platform to catch the next train that carries passengers to the terminals. It was now 2:30 and I was panicking. I still had to travel past Terminal A and B before getting to my gate at Terminal C. It was probably only 30 seconds, but it felt like 30 minutes before the next train arrived. When the doors opened I made my way to the back of the train car and sat down to pray. I needed a miracle!
I asked that Spirit take away my fear and replace it with something else. After a few moments and a few deep breaths, a wave of peace washed over me. I realized no matter what happened, I would be okay. If I missed my flight I could take a later one. It would be inconvenient, but I would still get there. Freaking out on that train would not change my situation, only my experience of it, so I surrendered to whatever was going to happen and continued to breathe.
When the train arrived at Terminal C, I jumped out and politely but firmly made my way through the crowd, ran up the escalator and walked briskly to my gate. My heart was beating pretty fast when I arrived at gate C11. It wasn’t a good sign that there were no other passengers at the gate. However, there was a gate agent still standing at the podium by the jetway. Was it possible they had not closed the doors yet?
Fortunately for me, they hadn’t, but they had removed my ticket from the computer system. The gate agent yelled my name to her coworker at the other desk and after a few more moments and clicks on her keyboard, I was walking down the jetway. My heart was still beating quickly, but it was also overflowing with gratitude. I made it. Since I was flying Southwest I did not have an assigned seat. Being the last one on the plane, I took the walk of shame down the center aisle while everyone looked at me. I plopped myself down in a window seat in an empty row at the back of the plane. Grace was with me that day because the airplane was only half full, or half empty depending on your point of view. It truly was a miracle!
Some might say the miracle was the fact that I made the flight or that it was not full. Don’t get me wrong. I was extremely grateful for those two things. However, the real miracle was my freedom from fear while riding that train. I had some very unloving thoughts about myself for not being more mindful of the time. All of that worry and fear only caused me to suffer. It did not change the outcome. Not only did I make the flight, but I also had an extra fifteen minutes with my friend to listen and offer her support on a matter that was heavy on her heart. In the end, love found a way to make it all happen. Now that is a true miracle!
Would you like to experience a true miracle in your life? Don’t let fear live in your heart any longer. Ask Spirit to take it from you and replace it with something else, namely peace, love, and joy. I would be honored to assist you in that endeavor with a series of Life Coaching sessions or a Family Constellations session. Through the miracle of technology, both can be done from anywhere in the world! All of my sessions are based on the strong principles found in A Course in Miracles and other New Thought teachings. Please look around my website or send me an email for more information and to schedule a session. Don’t wait. It’s time for a miracle!
“Miracles honor you because you are lovable. They dispel illusions about yourself and perceive the light in you.”
Miracle Principle 33 from A Course in Miracles