A Long-Term Miracle

“An aircraft took off from LaGuardia and almost at once ran into a flock of geese. The pilot, Chesley Sullenberger III, made several lightning decisions and performed dozens of complex flying maneuvers in a couple of minutes, and the plane landed safely on the Hudson River. Lots of people said it was a miracle, and I wouldn’t for a moment say that God was not involved in that whole process. But the reason the plan landed safely was that Sullenberger had been flying plans and gliders, and teaching others to do so too, for thirty years. His character had been formed so that all those complex thoughts and actions were second nature. The danger in using the world miracle, in others words, is that we assume the zero-sum either/or. Either God did it or the pilot did it.”- N.T. Wright, Surprised by Scripture, 14

Often, we only think of miracles as something happening instantaneously. God, however, sometimes performs a miracle over time and in a way we’ll often miss if we are not looking for it.


Source: https://www.amazon.com/Surprised-Scripture-Engaging-Contemporary-Issues/dp/0062230549