From this week’s portion, Vayera:
Early the next morning, Abraham took some bread and a skin of water, and gave them to Hagar. He placed them over her shoulder, together with the child, and sent her away. And she wandered about in the wilderness of Beersheva. When the water was gone from the skin, she left the child under one of the bushes, and went and sat down at a distance, a bowshot away; for she thought “Let me not look on as the child dies.” And sitting thus afar, she burst into tears.
God heard the cry of the boy, and an angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What troubles you, Hagar? Fear not, for God has heard the cry of the boy where he is. Come, lift up the boy and hold him by the hand, for I will make a great nation of him.”
Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water… (Genesis 21:14-19)
This final line might seem to curious to some: why did God “open her eyes” to reveal the well? God being God, wouldn’t it have made more sense to just miraculously create a well on the spot?
Perhaps the true miracles are the ones that occur when we reach out to a force or power beyond our own – when our eyes are opened to new life even as we are seemingly at the end of our strength.