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A few weeks ago, our family was facing a couple of critical situations. I went to bed feeling a bit anxious, not sure what the next day would hold. But I was determined to trust the Lord.

When I awoke the next day, the anxiety of the previous night had been replaced with expectancy—expectancy for what the Lord could do and what He would do. I covered the day in prayer, and my heart was even more expectant. An exciting question had begun stirring in my mind: “Why not a miracle?”

I was reminded that the not-so-popular prophet Jeremiah had needed a miracle. He faithfully delivered the word of the Lord to Judah, but people were not interested in hearing him. People stoned him and threatened to kill him. At one point, he was thrown into prison because people were angered by his message.

But Jeremiah knew that the Lord had spoken, and he knew it was his responsibility to declare that word. In Jeremiah 33, when it seemed that Jeremiah had hit rock bottom, God showed up with words of comfort and encouragement: “Ask me and I will tell you some remarkable secrets about what is going to happen here” (TLB, v. 3). Jeremiah needed to hear the Lord say, “Ask me.” God’s power and presence were available for the asking.

I had asked for a miracle for our family—and we got one! My husband and I took our younger son, Alaster, to his annual craniofacial team appointment. We knew that the possibility of his needing not one, but two surgeries was very strong. But my heart was expectant: “Why not a miracle?”

At eight months old, Alaster was diagnosed with a velopharyngeal insufficiency; at 20 months old, he was diagnosed with a submucous cleft palate. Both conditions contribute to speech delays and swallowing difficulties. As the plastic surgeon began to outline next steps, he reexamined Alaster’s mouth. He swiped his fingers across the roof of Alaster’s mouth several times, and then turned to us and said, “He doesn’t have a submucous cleft palate anymore. He’s healed.”

We received a miracle that day, and we are expectant for more. The other situation that I was so concerned about is not yet resolved—but we are trusting the Lord for the next miracle in our family.

Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Ask me and I will tell you some remarkable secrets about what is going to happen here.” I challenge you today to ask the Lord about the situations you face. Why not a miracle?

is co-pastor of Hope Chapel Alta Loma (Alta Loma Foursquare Church) in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.