I believe in miracles; and I believe miracles happen - not counter to laws - but
in accordance with laws that surpass our knowledge and understanding.
We'll understand them at some point, but let someone's miracle be a
miracle. There's no doubt it FEELS miraculous to see when you were given
slim odds, if any.Calling it a miracle is not wrong -- it's
hopeful! I hate when people try to discourage the hope of others by splitting
hairs. Faith is excellent. Many things don't make sense. But
acknowledging amazing happenings with gratitude is powerful.
@Jsox: The answers always have to be logical because if they aren't logical
then they can't be answers; they must be delusions. Glad that I don't
live in your "world". Too many wonderful things happening for me to turn
from those that don't logically make sense just because my small mind and
understanding doesn't comprehend how it happened. Feeling sorry for those
that don't or aren't willing to see miracles in the world around them.
You are missing many things because your logic impairs your ability to
So nice to see that this man retained his ability to see after such a
potentially life-ending accident.Regarding the discussion at hand, I
suppose you might attribute this to a higher power, but as other commenters have
already mentioned, this really does complicate things. At best, it creates the
notion that God is capricious, doling out miracles here and there as he sees
This debate over divine intervention and miracles is not new. In fact, this may
have been the original topic of human debate. Even the most skeptical of
God's existence and intervention must stipulate to the evidence of the
power of faith, hope, and positive mental outlook. Healing is physically
improved by the choices a person makes to look forward rather than backward, to
focus on the remaining gifts of life and the great possibilities ahead rather
than what has been lost and what could have been. Those that claim to be
realists are often those who are making excuses for their unwillingness to pick
themselves up and press forward. Life is brutally hard under the most favorable
circumstances. I choose to surround myself with people who expect more for
themselves than pain and hardship, who choose to believe in light over darkness,
who choose to inspire and uplift rather than accept defeat. Dustin and Ashley
have made those choices in the toughest time in their lives. Their faith and
willingness to look forward should cause each of us to examine our beliefs and
attitudes. We can be better.
It sounds like a miracle. I have been fortunate to experience more than a few in
my lifetime. If some say I am delusional, that is their right by
virtue of agency, which is God given.Another miracle would be if the
doctors involved and who admitted the miracle, would now acknowledge the miracle
from God and not charge the fees for the miracle.
The tracheotomy would help him breath, but not eat. It's
wonderful when prayers are answered with a yes. I pray strength for the family
and wisdom and skill for the medical team.
@HutteriteYou make an unprovable and mistaken claim. You stated some one
who believes in miracles "has to equally know that same god is indifferent
to the suffering of the war torn, storm ravaged and billions who go hungry every
day." That is a false assumption. How do you know he is indifferent? How
do you know he doesn't care? How do you know it's not all part of a
much bigger plan than you can comprehend. If you can comprehend that a big bang
accidently caused the wars, the storms and starvation then good on you. I can
comprehendd that there is a much bigger plan going on here. I'm sorry
miracles don't happen in your mind. Because if you actually looked you
would see that they are all around you everyday. You may be enjoying an
alternate form of reality. They are happening everyday in my world.
Several people state that there are no miracles, because it isn't fair that
God would heal only one person and He would let others suffer. In that case
there is a presumption that God would not let anybody suffer and if He
doesn't conform, there is no God. As a physicist, I can guarantee you that
that is not a scientific method. The scientific method states that you have an
idea, you test it, you draw conclusions and the research needs to be confirmed
by others repeating the experiment. If the results do not confirm your
hypothesis, then the hypothesis is incorrect and you need to come up with
another idea. The hypothesis that God would never let anybody suffer is
incorrect, but it does not proof that there is no God and He doesn't
perform miracles. For centuries we believed F=ma to be Newton's second
law. Only when Einstein came around, did we realize that this law doesn't
work under all circumstances. Newton's hypothesis was not complete. I
have witnessed miracles and believe with all my being that God exists.
@Mr. Smitty - I don't think most commenters here understand what the word
"miracle" means. Phenomenal yes... miracle no. @JSB -
Deluded@krrslc - If God us just why suspend the laws of nature
(intervene) to restore the sight of this young man? Does it make sense for a God
to suspend the laws that govern our natural existence in this mans favor, and
yet let thousands of innocent kids die every year from leukemia? If you are
using your brain the answer is, no it doesn't. It makes no sense at all.
I do however give credit to this guy for willing his body to get
In order to claim events like these are miracles performed by a god you know
exists, you have to equally know that same god exists indifferent to the
suffering of the war torn, storm ravaged, and billions who go hungry every day,
What sort of planner is responsible for this plan? I cannot claim to know god
exists, because it cannot be known. Having faith is fine, but personal.
I'm thoroughly convinced that every living person experiences silent
miracles of which he is totally unaware. We each need a thousand miracles to be
born and stay alive for our allotted time, and 995 are granted. Heavenly Father
is very generous with His miracles, and it is a shame that many of us are not
Miracle or not it's great that the gentleman is getting better. I do wonder
what criteria people use to classify some event as a miracle. What role did
modern medicine have to play? If God isn't coming down and personally
taking credit for the miracle then how do you know who is doing the intervening
(or at all)? What role does faith have in influencing the outcome?A
previous poster mentioned that there is an equal amount of evidence for faith
and science. I'd be very interested to see/hear this evidence.
@Mr. Smitty - It's a miracle that ANYONE can see. Just because something is
commonplace, does not mean that it can't be miraculous.
Sometimes I think about all of this about religion and God is just something
human beings need to hang on something. But then, when I remember all the
miracles I have personally witnessed in my life, I cannot deny, for one second,
there is God and there are miracles. I am not scientist or genius or
$$, just a regular Jane, but all I know is that there is God. It's not that
I believe in, I know. Thanks for publishing the story. He will be
out of this ordeal sometime soon stronger than ever. I thank him for his example
and for reminding us to put things on perspective. Next time I complain about
the trivial things in life, I will remember him and then I will be grateful for
what I have and not whine for what I don't. What a great lesson.
I have experienced true miracles in my own life. I know that God
exists. He loves us and we are His sons and daughters.This earth
was created for us to learn to love, to develop greater faith in God, and to
serve others. Jesus Christ suffered, and so will we. That is how
faith and strength is developed. Life is a test. But we will not be tested
more than we can handle.But have faith.I am happy to
hear Dustin is joyous in this accident. The sight he has is a true miracle and
has given him and the whole family joy in this season.
I too believe in miracles. I have not seen a Red Sea Parted, Or a mountain
moved, but I have seen many small and yet very important miracles in my life.
My wife is a nurse and we are friends with many of the Drs she works with. Ask
them if they believe in Miracles. ONe man was an agnostic until he started
working with Children with Cancer. Now he believes in a god. He doesn't
profess a religion but he states there is a god with fervor. He says he has
seen terminally ill children, where they have given up hope of curing, brought
to life at the last min and are now grown adults. He said they were to operate
on a tumor that was pushing against the brain of a very young child and causing
great pain, yet when they went it to take it out, it was almost gone. They had
MRIs that showed the tumor but yet it was not there. Many things are miracles
and you don't have to be a religious person to admit it. I am grateful for
every miracle no matter how big or small.
Dustin's Faith and Courage are so refreshing. It will not be easy but we
were told it would not be. I got chills as I read his story and I pray that the
Lord's choicest blessings will be with Dustin and his family and that they
will never give up. He is certainly an example of what can and cannot be done
when we have Faith, Love and Perseverance in our heart.
I think it is awesome that they can help him heal and that his vision can be
restored. It is truly a miracle. I just wish there were more of them. Sadly, if
the optic nerve or the retina itself is damaged, nothing can be done for it. I
hope someday some real legitimate research can take place instead of all this
science fiction about a million ways to cure the blind mice to beef up
resumes, get published and raise funds for something else. I send happy
thoughts their way and hope they have a wonderful Christmas.
Mr. Smitty,Something that never ceases to amaze is when people who
do not have experience with spiritual things act like absolute authorities on
those things. Many intelligent and educated people have had many experiences
with answers to prayer and miracles. I have experienced answers to prayer that
were absolutely undeniable, and not as you might think, figments of my
imagination. As someone who apparently has no experience with such things, you
are not an expert on them, and thus in no position to declare that miracles do
not happen. Many millions of people are able to refute your statement.
Mr. Smitty, how do you know that "miracles don't happen." Is your
knowledge in some way superior to the personal experience of the thousands and
thousands of people who have actually experienced divine intervention and can
testify of miracles in their lives? Are they all deluded? Or are they all lying?
I believe in miracles. Note that the doctors did not cure this
man; they told him he was blind.Perhaps in a Christmas show of humility
they will agree to take no money from this man, despite anything they did
It's awesome that God gave him back his sight.And if God had chosen
not to give him back his sight, then that would also be God's will.Miracles are tricky things.
Mr. Smitty, you bring up valid points. Of course there are many people without
sight. Of course there are many things that doctors do not understand. Nobody
claimed that this man was somehow favored by God over those who remain blind.
The fact that he can now see and others remain in darkness is NOT evidence that
miracles do not happen, however.I'm sure you're proud of
your open-mindedness, as you should be. Skepticism is valuable. Questioning
things is important - necessary, even. Everyone, religious or not, should
engage in analytical thought and seek truth for themselves.As
someone who likely considers themselves to be enlightened, I'd simply
submit to you that there is the exact same amount of hard evidence on both sides
of the faith/science debate here. The only facts are that he was in a horrible
accident, was blind and told he would remain so, and had his sight restored
without medical intervention.I'd also like to remind you that
you were not there and you have not been a part of this story. I was. I have
been. And all I can tell you is that I've seen miracles.
He is fortunate to have such a beautiful wife to support him. She must be a
Good for him and his family. However, miracles don't happen. There are
millions of children who are blind because they don't consume enough
vitamin E, and somehow God choose to give sight to this guy. No. He simply
regained sight due to physical laws his doctor doesn't understand.
Let's rid ourselves with superstition and celebrate the luck this young man
is experiencing.However, I think it's awesome this guy is
starting to see.
It never ceases to amaze me, the human spirit is so strong and once set in
motion in tune with God's plan, nothing can stop it. A car wreck nearly
took my life in 1986. I had to learn to overcome many obstacles from learning
how to stand erect, and learn to walk again. The doctors said I never would. God
had other plans. What I learned from my experience is that no human being God
created has boundaries set by anyone other than God. You have a great spirit and
testimony, Dustin. Maybe someday our paths will cross and we can compare scars.
Take care of yourself and know you are loved. He has the number of hairs on our
head counted. Hang in there and never give up on what you want to do in life.
Good to see God is still in the miracle business. Get well soon and best wishes
for a speedy recovery. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Dustin you're awesome! I'm praying for you! Even as a kid you were
great! And had a great spirit! You can make it through this! Love ya bud! Valeen
Miracles can happen and payers may answer. You see, I am visually and hearing
impaired all my life and no it is not fun at all. Yes, I am lucky to have my own
family in my own house. Just be grateful that your sights has been restored and
BE careful when you go out to play.