I took a couple of the kids to the Christian Mission Thrift Store this week. We usually drop some stuff off, and if the kids see something in their price range that they like, blessings follow.
As they wandered down the knick-knack racks, (say that five times fast), I wandered over to the brick “prayer wall” where people post prayer intentions. Contemporary Christian music played in the background—a rather good beat, I might add.
I stood there and read the post-it notes…one after another. I wasn’t surprised by the “Please pray for my…who has cancer.” Or the “Prayers for my friend, injured in a car accident.” Or any of them…until I came to the very last note centered at the bottom and scrawled slantwise across the paper: “…to believe in god.”
Neat small letters.
My heart nearly broke.
I’m not entirely sure why this note filled my eyes with tears. But it did. Such an honest plea.
Terrible things happen and humanity is stuck with the default reality that we will suffer and die at some point on this journey. But when a person believes in God, there is hope…the possibility of joy that can transcend all suffering and even death itself.
But if you don’t believe in God…or even god…you find yourself at the mercy of fate and all the little hells of human existence.
Though I have questioned why certain things have happened in my life, I’ve rarely—even for a moment—doubted the existence of God. He is as real to me as my own skin. The only times I’ve doubted His supernatural existence is when I have placed Him on my human level and discovered I really don’t see Him as clearly as I want to.
Lessons #1—God is God and I am not.
My faith is a pure gift. I don’t deserve it. I never earned it. And I grieve for those who don’t share it.
As I drove the kids home with their newfound treasures—gifts I know they plan on giving for the next birthday or holiday—I am grateful not only for my faith but also for the anonymous note on that brick wall.
To pray for faith…is the beginning.
God will do the rest.
A. K. Frailey is the author of 15 books, a teacher for 35 years, and a homeschooling mother of 8.
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