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The Moldy Miracle

It started with a golden-colored cantaloupe purchased on a sultry summer day in 1943 in a Midwestern city. A woman named Mary, a Bacteriologist at the local agricultural lab, selected the ripe fruit for the mold growing greenish-blue on its navel. Along with her colleagues,  she was in search of the perfect mold that would produce the new bacteria-fighting drug that would save millions around the world. Today, all strains of the antibiotic Penicillin come from that same moldy miracle-melon found at a fruit stand 74 years ago!

Before the discovery of Penicillin, a mere scratch on the skin or a bought of strep throat could cause death. Who would have thought that a fuzzy spot of mold would be the beginnings of the world’s cure? But sometimes it is the mundane things in life that God uses to bring about a miracle. Mary may not have been aware of all it meant at the time, but she soon discovered that she had found a miracle in a very ordinary place! We must live the same way, looking for God’s extraordinary Hand at work in the ordinary and the natural.

In Isaiah 55:8-9, God speaks to us, telling us that His thoughts will not be the same as ours, nor will His ways follow ours: “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways. And My thoughts higher than your thoughts.”

Where have you been looking for a miracle from God to meet your need? Don’t forget about the everyday ways that He can work on your behalf!

About Lisa

My husband Dan and I have three children and three grandchildren. We live in central Illinois. I am a graduate of The Institute of Children's Literature, a member of, and a member of SCBWI. My writings have been published at, in DevotionMagazine, the PrairieWind Newsletter, and here at

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