Magic, Miracles, or Manifestations: God’s Economy of Love

Magic, Miracles, or Manifestations: God’s Economy of Love September 14, 2023

When we put the right mental, emotional, and spiritual energy into things, we get to participate in supernatural manifestations of love.

Photo of man's legs in jeans with black boots
Photo of client in new boots by Gregory Smith


For our wedding, Christina and I wanted a bit of country flair. So, we each wore boots to the ceremony. Beneath her white dress, Christina wore a pair of Brown Justins with pointed toes and western hills. I chose a black pair of biker boots with western heels and square toes. They had straps with O-rings at the ankles and made my wedding suit look tough.

I love those boots—but they hurt my feet. They fit well enough in the store, but I only wore them five or six times after the wedding. Afterward, they sat in the bottom of my closet, gathering dust. These are not cheap boots, so I didn’t want to give them to Goodwill for any random bargain hunter.


Finding My Boots a Home

I wanted to find someone I knew who would appreciate them. I asked all my friends and family members who lived nearby, but nobody either wanted them or had feet the right size. So, I took them to work. After trying to give them to coworkers without success, I told my fellow case managers, “If you have any clients who would like these are free for anyone.” Still, for months, there were no takers.

Then I met my new client, Vincent (not his real name). Vincent is a tough-looking dude, with tattoos everywhere. He tells intriguing stories and has a tender heart beneath his tough exterior. The first time I met my new client, I asked him if there was anything tangible that he needed right now. He said he needed some new clothes, and asked if I could take him shopping. Then he told me he needed a new pair of boots. “What kind?” I asked.

“Do you know what I’d really like to have?” he said. “My dream boots would be kind of that Western-style but with square toes and buckles.” I looked at his feet, which appeared to be about the same size as mine. I told him that I just might have exactly what he’s been looking for.


Boots for Vincent

Vincent isn’t the kind of person who likes to keep appointments. Meeting with this client is more a matter of happenstance than anything else. So, for a few days, I kept my boots in my vehicle so they would be ready whenever I happened to see him. The next week, I bumped into him on the sidewalk. “I have those boots for you,” I told him. “Let’s see if they fit.”

Vincent’s eyes grew wide as I presented him with a pair of boots that were exactly what he had imagined. He pulled off his old, ill-fitting footwear that made him walk with a painful limp. As he slipped the new boots onto his feet, he exclaimed, “They fit perfectly!” He rolled the legs of his pants down over the top of the boots. He stood and paced and squatted to make sure that the boots fit just right, his eyes alight with happiness. “They fit! They fit!” he repeated. “Thank you so much!” The last I saw Vincent, he was walking happily down the sidewalk, carrying his old footwear that he said he was going gear to someone else who needed them.


Miracles, Magic, or Manifestations

When we put the right mental, emotional, and spiritual energy into things, we get to participate in some remarkable things. I have other stories from my life that would illustrate this same point. Some might call them miracles and others might call them magic. I might call them manifestations. For me, the remarkable thing was not that I found a home for my boots. I would have eventually found someone to take them or given them to a thrift store.

The remarkable thing was that I found just the right person with just the right foot size, who had been imagining this exact pair of boots. The remarkable thing was that Vincent, who had been imagining just such a perfect pair of boots for himself, manifested them into his life through his new case manager. Through the power of spiritual energy, we both entered into a Power that synchronized our focus and coordinated our efforts to make something happen.


The Spiritual Energy of Synchronicity

Nobody worked any spells to call it into being. I’m not saying it was an answered prayer either, because I never prayed about it and I feel certain that he didn’t either. I don’t believe in a Santa Claus in the sky who gives biker boots to good little boys and girls. No, I don’t think it was an act of God if we define God as a heavenly person who grants wishes. However, I do see it as an act of the energetic and loving Source that connects all living beings.

The focused spiritual energy I put into finding the right recipient for my boots was the same energy that Vincent put into imagining the perfect kind of boots for his sore feet. That energy somehow connected the two of us in ways we could not have accomplished on purpose. That energy manifested in just the right circumstance at just the right time. Some call it synchronicity. Not chance or coincidence or happenstance, but a universal principle that makes things happen in just the right way.


Spiritual Energy: An Economy of Love

Some might say that the stars aligned to make it happen. I would fall short of saying that Vincent and I made it happen ourselves. What we did do was step into the lowing flow of the universe and allow it to carry us down the same stream until we reached a common destination. Love puts people with resources into the lives of those who have need. It also puts those with needs into the lives of people with resources.

Love does this to fulfill a sacred economy—not one of dollars and boots, but an economy of compassion. Through compassionate giving and receiving, God creates an economy of reciprocal love. Whether you are the giver or the receiver, I pray that you will turn yourself toward that vital and generous energy and that you will participate in God’s economy of love today.


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About Gregory Smith
I live in the beautiful Fraser Valley of British Columbia and work in northern Washington State as a behavioral health specialist with people experiencing homelessness and those who are overly involved in the criminal justice system. Before that, I spent over a quarter-century as lead pastor of several Virginia churches. My newspaper column, “Spirit and Truth” ran in Virginia newspapers for a dozen years. My wife Christina and I have seven children between us, and we are still collecting grandchildren. You can read more about the author here.

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