Author Eric Metaxas recently discussed how a Robert Plante song impacted his life as he talked about his book “Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Change Your Life”, during an interview in Dallas, according to Youtube. Metaxas disclosed to Tod Wagner in an interview that in 1988 he was driving while depressed to a job he hated at Union Carbide, Connecticut when he happened to hear a song “Heaven Knows” by former Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plante. Plante had left the super group and was on his own when he recorded the song Metaxas heard that date. Metaxas, who has followed a long and winding road from copy editor at Union Carbide to bestselling writer, said he wondered, “Is this song a sign from God to me?”
He said he remembers saying,”God, let this song be on the radio when I drive home from work if this is a sign from You.” Eight hours later the host of The Eric Metaxas Show climbed into his chariot and began the return drive home. He had forgotten all about his earlier request. As he was driving he heard the song again and remembered what he’d requested.
Metaxas wrote in his book that he was depressed because he graduated from prestigious Yale University with an English degree and without a job. He further said Yale is a center of secularism and students are expected to graduate, get a good job for several decades and never ask the meaningful questions about life such as, “Why do we exist?” He said Yale dissolved what faith he had when he entered the Ivy League bastion. He had to move in with his parents without a job. He said his parents told him to get a job, and he did at Union Carbide.
He said, “What are writers supposed to do when they get out of school? Become an alcoholic or live by a railroad track?”
Metaxas further said the fact the Plante song emanated from his radio a second time that day, “So freaked me out I thought maybe God is real….is it possible?” He was filled with an unspeakable joy at the thought. Metaxas made the comments at Watermark Community Church of Dallas to Pastor Tod Wagner in front of a large crowd.
Metaxas, who is a humorist, told Wagner he lived in New York City with his wife and daughter before he said, “No, that’s just what I tell people. I’m never there.” Then he admitted, “I’m just joking I do live in New York.”
Metaxas then got serious in discussing his book saying he started out the book discussing miracles. He said one typically thinks of parting the Red Sear or healing a blind man when visualizing miracles. He said, “It’s usually when you see God act in a huge way…..like creating a fine-tuned Universe.” The Yale graduate further said science supports the existence of God. He referred to Hugh Ross, a Cal Tech astrophycisist who once said that the odds of life existing on any planet including earth were below zero. Ross wrote that if earth was bigger, gravity would be stronger and would pull enough ammonia into our atmosphere so we couldn’t breathe. He based that fact on the earth being 4% larger than it is. Metaxas also said Ross wrote that if the earth was smaller it couldn’t pull in enough oxygen for people to breathe. He said science has developed a great deal since Carl Sagan made his comments about the likelihood of life on other planets in the 1980s.
Metaxas said there are now 160 parameters which must exist for life to be on earth. He further said in Sagan’s day scientists thought only a couple of those parameters need exist. He concluded that mathematically and scientifically people should not exist on earth. The odds are way below zero. So it only makes sense God created the earth and the universe rather than it being some random event. Metaxas, who broadcasts daily from the Empire State Building, said to him science and faith are compatible and it only makes sense there is a God who created everything.
Metaxas recalled that it was the Robert Plante song plus a dream he later had which led to his faith in 1988. He considered the experiences which he underwent as miracles in his life. He further said all the examples of miracles he writes about in his book, which is now on the New York Times bestseller’s list, were experienced by friends of his. He said they were credible people, and he believed them. He went on to say not everyone will necessarily experience miracles in their lives. He said neither Dietrich Bonhoeffer nor Wilberforce experienced any miracles, although they are two of the greatest Christians in history. Metaxas made his name with bestselling biographies of the lives of the German theologian and the British member of Parliament.
He said the idea for his current book about miracles germinated in the office of an editor during lunch. He said the two were having a rambling conversation during which the writer shared about 10 miracle stories which led the editor to say, “You need to write a book on miracles. I will send you an outline tonight.”
When Metaxas expressed his reluctance to do such a project, the editor said he would find another writer to do the book. When the Yale grad went home and told his wife Suzanne what had transpired she told her husband that someone else might not write the same book as he would. She told him, “If somebody else writes it, the book might be theologically iffy.” That evidently persuaded Metaxas to take on the task.
Metaxas further aid, “The miracle of Creation is evidence for God. He can do what He wants.”
One of the people he writes about in his book on miracles is friend Ed Tuttle who he met while working in the bad old days at Union Carbide. Tuttle was instrumental in influencing Metaxas toward faith, though Metaxas insists Tuttle’s own story of a miracle is more incredible than his own.
One of the remarkable stories Metaxas includes in is book is the story of a thirteen-year old girl who had a sleepover with three friends. Her friends wanted to contact the “soul of Jim Morrison” through the use of a Ouija board. Metaxas said it was to her credit that Eva didn’t “want to break on through to the other side.” Her friends then suggested they take a walk through a road construction area which they told her was safe from the heavy traffic normally on that highway. They lifted her over a six-foot fence and were about to drop her. To her horror she faced onrushing traffic which she knew would kill her. As she prepared to face death she felt something like strong arms pulling her back over the fence to safety and placing her about ten feet away from the other girls who fled in astonishment. She said the girls never talked to her or approached her after that.
She cried out to Jesus for help as she was falling into the pathway of an armada of trucks traveling sixty miles an hour. Metaxas then asked the question, “This is the mystery. God helps some 13-year olds but not all of them. Some are not protected from murder and sexual assault. We have to deal with what we make of it.”
He further discussed the fact millions of Jews and others were killed in the Holocaust. He said that “evil does happen in this world.”
He also mentioned the story of Joni Erickson Taada who has been paralyzed for 47 years. Why hasn’t God healed her? Metaxas advised Christians it’s okay to say to people, “I don’t know the answers to everything. That’s part of the mystery.”
Metaxas further said, “If God gave me a miracle I would believe. Plenty of people have had experiences but just blow them off. God is real whether I have miracles in my life or not.”
He also said, “I have to be honest. There is a mystery.”
Metaxas concludes there may be more miracles happening in today’s world than many people are willing to admit. His book is certainly worth a read to both non-believers and Christians alike.