I first heard the song (God of) Miracles as my worship-leading daughter practiced it on the piano in our living room, and my heart was captured. The lyrics echoed in her sweet alto voice through the open living/kitchen area. I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit powerfully as I peeled potatoes and boiling water bubbled on the stove beside me. As I heard the chorus again and again as she practiced, I felt the words expressing something I had felt for a long time:
“I believe in You. I believe in you.
You’re the God of Miracles”
This song had been born out of loss.
This song had been born out of loss. I eventually learned the full story behind this amazing song. Chris Quilala posted a youtube video summarizing the inspiration behind Miracles. Via the video, Chris says, “My wife and I, we lost our son…back in December. While we were believing for a miracle, things didn’t turn out quite as we expected….” Chris explained that they asked themselves, “Can we still proclaim the truth that God is our healer, that God is the God that raises the dead, that God is good?”
“So often as believers we want to blame God when something goes wrong, but the truth is, God’s good, God’s faithful…those truths don’t change.”–Chris Quilala
The Miracles video is life-affirming. Visually, the profound loss for Chris and Alyssa, his wife, is seen as they grieve the death of their child. As a song-writer and worship leader, Chris took the opportunity to deliver a challenging message. As a couple, they asked hard, unanswerable questions and chose to believe God's Word. Chris explains;
“Through it all, it was important to remind ourselves of who God is…that’s so much of what worship is, isn’t it? ….Reminding who we are in God, and who God is, so for us this song was huge in just keeping us anchored in that truth that God is good, that He’s the miracle God of the Bible and He remains the same, always.”
The ultimate victory of their faith is proclaimed in the dedication at the end of this video; “To The Memory of Jethro Dylan Quilla whom is in the presence of God in everlasting eternity.”
The vulnerability of The Quilala family is powerful in our church culture where struggle and confusion and honest wrestling with loss can be misjudged as unbelief.
“The One who does impossible is
Reaching out to make me whole
Reaching out to make me whole
The One who put death in its place
His life is flowing through my veins
His life is flowing through my veins”
About a year after losing their son, Alyssa wrote a book entitled Mending Tomorrow: Choosing Hope, Finding Wholeness. Her heart is clearly to “comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” (See 2 Corinthians 1:4). The Quilalas also experienced the gift of God’s restoration with the healthy but pre-mature birth of their third daughter, Liv Mercedes Quilala in September of 2015, less than a year after the loss of their baby son. Ultimately, their testimony is one of loss, but one of restoration and victory.
In John 16:33, Jesus tells us, "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” When the pain is deep, and the loss unspeakable, we are most challenged in our future trust in God. I believe that a main reason that Matt Redman’s 12 year-old song Blessed Be The Name still receives regular air play, after being recorded by various artists like Tree 63 and Chris Thomlin, is because it expresses a similar sentiment to Miracles. It says what our hearts can’t find the words to say: “I’m experiencing the worse, but my trust is in You.”
Miracles has become a modern hymn of faith. It’s rhythm is not easily clapped to, like Redman’s Blessed Be The Name, because it’s meant for a more intense place in our worship. Miracles, so far, hasn't garnishing the individual popularity and airplay of so many of Jesus Culture’s Top 10 songs, but it’s slowly gaining momentum as a worship song in many churches. This song will have personal significance to many believers who are grasping for words to express faith on the other side of trauma. It is also a victory song, when miracles have happened and must be proclaimed.
This song is anointed and ordained for God’s glory, and to minister to traumatized, fragile hearts. Many times we don’t know who is hurting beside us as we worship God corporately. My prayer is that many people are deeply encouraged in their faith as thy glorify God, though good and bad, with this song. As the lyrics proclaim, He is reaching out to make us whole. He is a God of miracles.
Here’s the story and a sample of the song;
Miracles testimony on youtube