I Witnessed A Small Miracle

by Mark Ivar Myhre on September 27, 2010

True story.  My friend lost his wallet recently – a hand-stitched work of art, made of different types of leather and embossed with fancy designs.  It probably wasn’t cheap.  He held onto it for over 10 years.  But then it turned up missing.

His wife was pretty sure she’d seen it on the coffee table near the front door, so they speculated perhaps someone slipped in and stole it when the house was unlocked.

They tore the house apart looking for it.  Every day for two weeks they searched the house.  Every day for two weeks I had to listen to him talk about that wallet.  Every day for two weeks he’s riding around with no driver’s license.  And of course, no credit cards.

Then one morning he gets up to go to the bathroom.  When he returns, a minute later, the wallet is lying in the middle of the bedroom floor. The cash and cards were still in it.

So, I ask you, what happened?  How did it show up like that?

I mean, it would be one thing if it appeared when he woke up.  Instead, it appeared during that short window of time while he was in the bathroom.

They had two theories.

1. Their son found it the night before and threw it into the room while my friend was in the bathroom.

2.  It had somehow fallen off the nearby chair and landed on the floor.

My theory?  It was a miracle, plain and simple. I mean, come on!  I was there.  I had to listen to him complain about that wallet for two weeks.  I KNOW how hard they looked for it.  I even pretended to look for it myself.  I can tell you, if that wallet had been in the house, someone would have found it during those two weeks.

They tore the house apart, room by room.  They found a few other items that were missing, but not the wallet.

I see it as a miracle – something that simply cannot be explained by logic and reason.

Now I’ll admit, the idea of the wallet coming to life, hiding out for two weeks, and then when the time is right crawling its way into the middle of the bedroom floor – like some sort of inch-worm – borders on miraculous.

And the thought of his teenage son getting up at 6 AM during Summer vacation – well, that would DEFINITELY qualify as a miracle.

Still, I’m sticking with my theory.  I say it must have just ‘shown up’ on the floor that morning.  With no human intervention.  It appeared out of thin air.

Hey, miracles happen every day.  Especially little miracles.  They’re ALREADY happening, if we’ll pay attention.  But you know how it goes.  If something happens that can’t be explained, well, by golly, we’ll MAKE UP an explanation.  No matter how ridiculous or illogical that explanation is, we’d still rather believe it than to think otherwise.  Because it’s too crazy-making to not be in control of our reality.

Everything must be explained.  That’s just the way we function.

Even as I’m telling this story, many would say, “Well, Mark must be making this up…”  Or, “Mark must be missing something…”  Or “That didn’t really happen…”

Most people leave no room for miracles in their lives.  Unless, perhaps, their situation becomes too desperate.  I take a different approach.

Every day, I seek to find some reason to say, “There’s your miracle today.”

Many times, it’s not really a miracle.  Like when I find a quarter on the sidewalk.  Or the street lights keep turning green.  Or I snag a killer parking place.  Or they’re having a shoe sale right when I’m going out to buy a pair.

Or the kids actually clean up after themselves.

“There’s your miracle.”

Well of course none of those really qualify as a miracle.  But it’s just a habit I have.  I’m bound and determined to find SOMETHING to hang that label on.

I’m always on the lookout.  Sometimes during the course of the day an event really does qualify.  Something physically happens which cannot be explained away.


Is it any less miraculous when I wake up one morning and no longer feel sorry for myself?  Or I wake up and no longer feel the need to control, or to blame, or…

Or if I’m depressed, and one day I wake up and really get it – I need to start embracing my feelings, and then release them, so I can clean out my emotional wellspring so I can flush this depression out of me.

Something hits me over the head like a 2-by-4 – and all of a sudden I realize my emotional pain is like plaque on the inside of my arteries.  To get rid of that plaque, I have to flow it through me.  I can’t push it away.  How come I never understood that before?

Or what about after I’ve done so much work to end my shame – and I just can’t get rid of it all.  So I ask a Higher Power to take the last bit away.  And the shame is lifted.

Or maybe I happen to run across a certain tidbit of information that offers just what I need to hear at that moment.  And it changes – however slightly – the direction of my life.

To me, that’s even better than a hand-crafted wallet with 50 bucks and a couple of credit cards in it. That’s the kind of miracle I’m after.

Too bad I can’t control it.  Instead, I get to receive it.


F.Lee Billy September 28, 2010 at 7:23 am


Your friend was just under a lot of stress and likely “misplaces things” typical of someone with ADD/ADHD. When objects like wallets re-emerge from what I call “small object purgatory” (despite looking in that place before sometimes compulsively looking again & again in that same place) as in your friend’s experience, it is likely stress and his subconcious intervening so he literally can’t see/find it. He had a subconscious hidden agenda for not seeing it, such as not wanting to spend the money, etc. This used to happen to me when I really did not want to date someone anymore, I’d misplace my wallet or my car keys just before going out, then they wouls appear right where I “knew” I’d left them. Your friend may have hit the nail on the head about it falling off the chair.

I do not discount manifesting or miracles but your friend’s is a common experience. Note also one should never affirm “losing” things (like weight) as the mind “does not like to lose things and tries to find them”. I learned in the Silva Method to say it has been misplaced and sure enough I can locate things (and I reduce, not “lose”, weight when I diet or work out).

Frances September 28, 2010 at 8:03 am

I, too, believe in miracles!

Carrolee Bennett September 28, 2010 at 8:26 am

Thanks for this experience; quite inspiring and reinforces that miracles still happend.
I do appreciate your updates and motivational words.

LaVern September 28, 2010 at 8:43 am

Thanks for such an uplifting attitude. The more positive we are the more
good comes our way..it’s a law..The Law of Attraction!!! I do appreciate
your “food for thought” sharings. Keep them coming.

Kathy September 28, 2010 at 8:44 am

I love this blog entry.

A quote I think of often (and I can’t remember where I read it), is “A miracle isn’t REALLY a miracle – it’s just the way life is SUPPOSED to work – we just happened to notice it.”

Larry Lewis September 28, 2010 at 9:15 am

I think you are right. The minister at our church delivered two sermons whichreally talked to me and I saw a glimpse of possibilities. Why is it that for years I supressed my childhood emotional hardships (actually not realizing they were not hardships at the time)then, all of a sudden they reapeer and haunt me for 15 -20 yrs again? Your material is easy to read and I am trying to internalize it. Thanks for your encouragement. LARRY

Monica September 28, 2010 at 9:31 am

I do believe in miracles and wish I could find a few things laying around my house as I am tearing it apart right now for some clothing I got in the mail. Its simply disappeared. But you message rings loud and clear, true. Its all about being greatful where we are and for whatever reason things are happening. That’s not always easy. However I will take your message today and apply it to this day. What have I got to lose? MONICA

Charmaine September 28, 2010 at 9:45 am

so let’s hope my Maui Jim’s reappear soon! 8^)

Bridget Hambleton September 28, 2010 at 9:46 am

I am sitting here feeling right now! I’m crying! It feels so good! It really does!
Thank You! I have let my self suffer my self for sooo long!
Thank you!!!!!

MILLIE MURRAY September 28, 2010 at 10:50 am

Thanks, I also believe in miracles. Especially when it comes to health.
they do happen. Millie

sonya September 28, 2010 at 12:04 pm

I lost my fold up raincoat. I’ve looked everywhere. I need a miracle too.
If I get one, I promise to let you know.
Please everybody ask the universe to send it back to me, together we are powerful!

Just love this story, and I love miracles.

Joyce September 28, 2010 at 1:19 pm

I too believe in miracles. My personal prayer to St. Anthony (the patron of saint of lost items) usually works every time.

Kate September 28, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Mark, as a psychic and one who deals with lost property I hear this all the time. People who have lost something and looked in the very same place they found it and never saw it. It’s often when people let go of finding it that they can find it too.
And as you suggested the same works for emotions too, I was watching your videos and you said that real emotions enliven you, I had reached the end of my tether yesterday, I live in Christchurch New Zealand and we have had nearly 4 weeks of earthquakes and I have had a week of the flu. I was crying and I remembered you said, let it flow and dont get into the story. Of course I love the story cause it makes me cry more, but of course it also stops the flow because I then tell myself stuff that stops the flow, like, think more positive, other people have it worse than you, dont be jealous cause youll attract that. Your words rang loud and clear, and I sobbed for an hour solid (amazing how I stopped coughing too with the flu) and then I had some wonderful things happen, chance encounters (nothings chance lol) .

Kate’s last blog.. Have You Ever Been Fooled By A Man?

spenze September 29, 2010 at 2:33 am

Aloha Mark!
You are blessed to be a blessing.
The timing of this writing and the wisdom shared,
is tonight’s miracle for me.
and now i shall share it forward!!!

L. Silk October 1, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Loss always gives back more than it takes. That is a miracle.

zvone October 5, 2010 at 2:10 am

Yes, I notice and see the miracles in my life every day, too. It is so yojfull and happy experiences. I agree: the miracles hapenn when you take your awerness on it. It is the matter of counciosness.

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