A miracle is often the willingness to see the common in an uncommon way.
- Noah Benshea
This week I had one of those “Whoa, God!” moments. A tiny miracle that left me marveling at the way God works.
The other day I was finalizing my plans for the weekend. I didn’t have anything to do on Friday evening (tonight) so I was brainstorming ideas. I had a few solid options–karaoke, dinner, maybe a leisurely stroll through the city–but nothing was really clicking. And then, out of nowhere, a brilliant idea came to me. A dance class!
Now, I must admit, my skills on the dance floor are highly questionable (think Elaine from Seinfeld!). But when I first moved to New York City more than four years ago, I became obsessed with taking dance classes. It just seemed like such a New York thing to do, especially since I lived close to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, a few blocks from Lincoln Center.
Their Ailey Extension program offered beginner classes perfectly suited for someone with my level of “expertise.” So I spent my first months in my new city taking everything from hip hop dance to ballet.
A year later, though, I moved to a different neighborhood kind of far away–by New York City standards–from Alvin Ailey. Every time I wanted to go back, something got in the way. And the classes were getting too expensive.
Maybe Friday would be the day I finally made my glorious return to the world of dance. I opened up the Alvin Ailey website on my computer and scrolled through the class schedule. Hmm. There were a lot of options. I continued browsing, then clicked open my email to check for messages. There was only one new email in my inbox…from the Ailey Extension.
“As a thank you for your continued support of the Extension program, we would like to offer you an Anniversary Guest Single Class…” the email said. “Hope to see you soon!”
A free class for my anniversary? I hadn’t been to the Ailey Extension in more than three years! I never entered my email address while browsing the website, so there was no way for them to know I was thinking of taking a class. I couldn’t believe it. What perfect timing.
Maybe too perfect. This little miracle had God written all over it–only he could have orchestrated a moment like that. But now I can’t help but wonder. What exactly is he up to? Is there a reason I need to go to the Alvin Ailey theater tonight?
Well, I guess there’s only one way to find out!
What do you think? Does God have something up his sleeve? Share your theories below!
Diana Aydin is an associate editor for Mysterious Ways magazine. When she was just a little kid, she got her first dose of the miraculous. She’s been on the lookout for miracles ever since. Her favorite time of the day is lunch time, when she gets to step away from the workaday world and enjoy a bit of God’s wonder, if only for an hour!