I went and saw ’17 Miracles’ tonight. For those of you who don’t know what ’17 Miracles’ is let me tell you. It is a movie about the LDS pioneers crossing the plains. It is a heart wrenching show about death, hope, love, and perseverance. I have to admit I teared up on occasion watching it. That or there was a lot of dust floating around in the air affecting my eyes.
Watching the show (without my wife and daughter) made me want to run home and give them both a kiss. Watching families on-screen starve, suffer and die made appreciate my little family even more. The movie also showed a bunch of miracles (I assume 17 of them) that occurred throughout the journey to Salt Lake City.
The whole time I was watching these people do amazing things, suffer through horrible hardships, and experience incredible things made me think does this happen today? I know there are people who do amazing things today. Things that I am not sure I would be able to do.
Some of the first people who come to mind are the military. I am pretty sure I would not be able to do what they do. The thought of leaving my family for long periods of time is something I might not be able to do. To fight for the freedom of this great country I would do if asked but would I volunteer to do it? Members of the military are definitely modern-day miracles.
What about police officers, paramedics, and firemen? Modern day miracles.
Teachers? I watch my wife and the time she puts into teaching and preparing for her first grade class and I know I could not do it. There is no way I could be in a classroom filled with 25 six-year olds and not go insane (I did it for about 5 minutes once and that was enough for me).
So are there modern day miracles? I say there are. That there are amazing people who will serve in the military, patrol the streets, or teach a bunch of kids for little pay and long hours shows me that there are lots of miracles today. Thousands and thousands of miracles. Thank for everyone that is a miracle. You rock.