Let me try.
The point is not that people think "and then a miracle happened." The point is where their brain leaps. I just read The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, and Our Hero talks a great deal about magic. Magic, to him, is a fact of life. When something goes wrong, that's a serious possibility so far as he's concerned. On the other hand, some people I've known would call it karma--or even the Devil. It's not interesting that people look for supernatural explanations; we all know about that. It is interesting, at least from a sociological perspective, which supernatural explanations they think of, and think of, well, without thinking.
"Now everyone was giving her that kind of look UFOlogists get when they suddenly say, 'Hey, if you shade your eyes you can see it is just a flock of geese after all.'"
"You can't erase icing."
"I can't believe it doesn't work! I found it on the internet, man!"