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On April 7th in Polk County Florida, the state where god tries out his more sketchy ideas, Bendric Joseph and brother Freddie were watching a humorous video on Bendric’s computer while laying on the bed. There was a storm outside and the wind toppled an enormous oak tree which cut through the roof, walls, and most of the bedroom. (The tree guys estimated the oak at 35,000 pounds.) Freddie was knocked unconscious by debris, while Bendric was pinned under two by fours held down by the tree itself. It took rescue crews an hour to remove Bendric from the bedroom. He made it out with a mess of bruises, but no serious damage. His mother, Sandra Bindu Joseph-Marquis, who is not a Star Wars character, says it’s a miracle. There is general agreement on this from all and sundry involved, along with much thanking of the god and the sweet baby Jesus.
So that got me to wondering. If the boys had been in a different room when the tree fell and it had been nowhere near them, resulting in no bruises for Bendric or stitches for Freddie, would that have been a miracle? Probably so. What if they were in the bedroom, but the wind never knocked the tree over at all? Would that have been a miracle? What if there had been no storm? Would that have been a miracle? What if there was a normal day when nobody got gratuitously injured and no one’s house was crushed beneath a 17 and a half ton oak tree? Does that seem miraculous to you? I gotta tell you, it really doesn’t to me.
I’m thinking god can keep his miracles. Even if I survive, I can do without the bump in my insurance premiums.