Recognize The Miracles In Your Life

J.E. Littlewood was a professor at Cambridge University. He published work that used mathematics to minimize miracles.

In short, Littlewood’s law teaches that “a miracle is defined as an exceptional event of special significance occurring at a frequency of one in a million; during the hours in which a human is awake and alert, a human will experience one thing per second (for instance, seeing the computer screen, the keyboard, the mouse, the article, etc.); additionally, a human is alert for about eight hours per day; and as a result, a human will, in 35 days, have experienced, under these suppositions, 1,008,000 things. Accepting this definition of a miracle, one can be expected to observe one miraculous occurrence within the passing of every 35 consecutive days — and therefore, according to this reasoning, seemingly miraculous events are actually commonplace.”

I hope I never become so bleak to believe this.

Take the time to recognize the miracles in your life. Keep a record of them. Don’t pass them off as coincidence or commonplace.

3 comments

  1. The last few months I haven’t been able to get the idea of miracles out of my head. When I read the Book of Mormon its with a blue copy, a red pencil & a theme. The last 3 months the theme has been miracles. This may sound real simple, but the most notable association I’ve made to miracles is of faith; miracles just don’t happen without faith. In 3 Nephi 19:35-36 it says: So great faith have I never seen among all the Jews; wherefore I could not show unto them so great miracles, because of their unbelief. Verily I say unto you, there are none of them that have seen so great things as ye have seen; neither have they heard so great things as ye have heard.

    I think part of faith is believing in God and expecting good things are going to happen, one of the Savior’s names is: An High Priest of Good Things to Come. I first wondered if Littlewood’s method was round about, perhaps his reasoning articulated his faith? Then I recalled that Elder Bruce R. McConkie observed “As an abstract principle faith is nothing; it is of no more worth than an abstract principle of mathematics. But faith in the heart of a man—a living, vibrant faith—can raise the dead, create worlds, and save souls.”

    Littlewood’s suggestion that an extraordinary thing can also be commonplace makes him sound so detached (& ridiculous); it’s important that we acknowledge God in all things, so that he can open our eyes to greater things.

    I liked your post because it made some good connections for my last few months of reading; we need faith to recognize miracles in our lives as well as ask for them.

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