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Be Realistic Plan For A Miracle #writebravely

A little boy came back from Sunday school one morning and his father asked him:
“Well, what did you learn?”.
The little boy replied: “How the people of Israel were kept in Egypt and used as slaves by this guy called Pharaoh.”
“Oh?” said the father. “Then what happened?”
The little boy went on
“A guy named Moses tried all these special effects on them. It was really wicked. He turned the river to blood, he covered the Egyptians with frogs, and bugs, and boils. He beat them down with hailstones, and locusts, and scared them with an eclipse of the sun. He started killing their cattle and then finally killing their oldest kids.”
“And did it work?’ his Dad asked
“Well, Pharaoh lets them go after the kids were killed, but then he sent his army after them.”
“And then what?”
“Well . . . Moses calls in the Israeli air force. And they strafed the Egyptian tanks and destroyed them on the ground. They also gave cover while the engineers lay down this pontoon bridge across the Red Sea. And then the people of Israel crossed over without getting their feet wet. But when the Egyptian army got on the pontoon bridge, the air force came back and bombed it away, and the Egyptians drown.”
“Is that what your teacher told you?” his father asked
“Well, not exactly. But if I told it the way she did, you’d wouldn’t believe me!

I’m sure you’ve heard this joke before. It’s really a favourite of mine.

But I’ve been thinking beyond this joke and looking at how ‘realistic’ the boy was being. That little kid sure didn’t seem to believe in miracles, did he?

And we’re all pretty much the same too. We seem to fight the miracles in our life. We look at our mistakes and shortcomings and don’t believe that we’ll ever overcome them. We don’t give grace a chance. We don’t truly believe that the world will one day be a better place – a safe place for our women and children. We don’t give other people a chance – they will stay just the way they are. We don’t believe that the power of compassion, kindness giving and gratitude can change lives. We don’t really believe in fighting for truth and justice – because nothing is going to change – it’s the way of the world, we say!

If we truly, truly believed in miracles – we would seem them all around us – every day! We would trust ourselves and the Universe to take care things. We would see hope in the darkest of circumstances. We would be realistic, but we would plan and make room for miracles, for grace and for the light to overcome the darkness!

be realistic plan for a miracle

Be realistic, plan for a miracle.


Do you believe in miracles?

I’m Writing Bravely for the Write Tribe Festival of Words – March 2019


  1. Anagha Yatin Anagha Yatin March 12, 2019

    I so loved the boy’s way of interpreting the story of Mosses with special video games effects! Presented this way, the new generation is most likely to believe in it.
    We do have lost our faith in miracles. Probably because we have coated our vision and mind with the negativity of the happenings around. We pray for miracles only in dire conditions, thankfully forgetting the fact that life itself is a miracle and a gift to unfold!

  2. Payal Agarwal Payal Agarwal March 6, 2019

    “We don’t give grace a chance.” Indeed, miracles happen when grace is given a chance. I liked Osho’s quote. Loved this post, Corinne.

  3. Damyanti Biswas Damyanti Biswas March 6, 2019

    If we truly, truly believed in miracles – we would seem them all around us – every day!


  4. alpanadeo alpanadeo March 6, 2019

    Miracles do happen. In fact they are happening all the time. We are so much into the dictionary meaning go miracle that we tend to close our eyes towards the tiny miracles that are happening everyday around us

  5. Meena Meena March 5, 2019

    Loved the joke! Yes, miracles happen everyday. It just requires us to be open to them. Great post

  6. Suzy Suzy March 5, 2019

    We tend to associate miracles with big events but miracles are all around us in everyday things. Loved the joke.

  7. Madhavi Madhavi March 5, 2019

    Yes Corinne, it is always compassion, kindness, giving and gratitude that make wonders – miracles are a result of these qualities. I understand that one needs to be compassionate and kind and yet not give in to injustice of any kind anywhere.

  8. Esha M Dutta Esha M Dutta March 5, 2019

    What a lovely post, Corinne. I liked what the little boy said, because kids learn so much from us and when we lose hope and faith and belief in miracles, where do you think they will get it from? Seeing hope in the darkest of circumstances has always worked for me, Corinne. The Osho quote is pretty deep!

  9. Shilpa Gupte Shilpa Gupte March 5, 2019

    Loved that joke!

    Most of us don’t believe in miracles. But, if we were to look at life — our life and the life around us–we would realise that it’s all the result of miracles. All that happens–esp the bad stuff that we grumble about–is a miracle in disguise, something we realise only later. How it changes us and our views when we see how a miracle saved our life! it’s all a matter of time when those who say miracles never happen, change the way they look at Life. 🙂

    • Madhavi Madhavi March 5, 2019

      Wow! …bad stuff is ‘a miracle in disguise’ … I think that is the essence of what, many great saints tried to tell us.

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