One day I was returning to my bunk from the shower, and just as I sat down on the edge of my cot, another marine standing by his bunk in the next row, loudly accused the Marine behind him of snapping him in the ass with his towel. While the two were arguing about this alleged incident, a Marine MP burst in the door shouting, "Where'd that round go?"
It seems the MP was escorting a prisoner down the street outside the barracks when he accidentally discharged his .45 service pistol – into the side of our barracks. We found the entry hole in one wall and the exit hole in the opposite wall. The bullet had come straight down the aisle on which my cot was located. The Marine across the narrow aisle from me who'd accused his buddy of snapping him with a towel had actually been snapped by a passing .45 ACP round. And if I had come back from the shower a few seconds later, that round would have gone through me.
I'm an engineer, and I believe in the absolute immutability of natural laws. The moon circles the earth, and the earth and the other planets circle the sun, all with velocities that perfectly balance the force of gravity to keep the whole system spinning in a rotation imparted by the coriolis force of the spinning Milky Way galaxy. As an engineer, it's not my job to wonder how that all came about. My job is just to use it and let the scientists figure out why.
The mantra of science is," If it is, it must be." Nothing happens by chance. Scientists use that basic principle to unravel the secrets of the universe and engineers apply it to invent devices that improve the condition of their fellow humans. This demonstrable and universally accepted precept would seem to preclude miracles.
Yet there seems to be a wide latitude in the timing of events that can lead to enormously different results. And when one is confronted with the actuality of a bullet traveling sixty feet through a barracks crowded with Marines and doing no more damage than creasing the wallet of a Marine corporal, one is tempted to ask, "Is there someone directing these things?"
The supposition that there is would seem to be supported by the ample evidence of the efficacy of prayer. And it seems to make no difference to whom you pray. Whether praying to Yahweh or Hera or Odin or Baal, miraculous results have been reported. Do humans have a lead-in to a force that is capable of arranging the timing of events to control their outcome? And if so, is that force conscious and cognizant?
I don't know. As I said, I'm an engineer. It's the scientists' job to figure out why things happen.