When I was younger, I had this child like faith, it was easy for me to follow with the beliefs and morals that my parents bestowed upon me. That child like faith or “simple” faith lasts for a while, only until you start throwing worldly things and ways in its path. When you start believing and acting as an adult this simple faith can be hard to practice. All of the what ifs, should ifs, and could ifs start becoming a part of your daily life and its harder to throw those out the window.I remember my child like faith and views being so simple.
Once, when my mother told me a story about a young girl falling into a well, I thought she was talking about a whale. I related the story of this child being trapped in a well to Jonah being swallowed by a whale. I thought, that this child would be safe from harms way with a little faith, because God will just let this whale spit her out! It wasn’t until she explained to me the difference that I understood. You see, back then, I was able to relate real life events to those that happened in the history of my faith and beliefs.Many years later after plenty of my own trials and tribulations, I found that my simple faith was easy one day, even though that faith without worldly views and ways only lasted for a second. This second carried on for a couple years, now into my present.
I was with a fine group of women. We went on an outing to the store and to fellowship with men and women of the like. As we were inside, a big huge Georgia storm was brewing on the outside. By the time we were leaving, it was pouring down rain outside. We all ran to load up on the bus, a rather undependable bus. The bus wouldn’t start.
After about 45 minutes of men, whom knew what they were doing, it still didn’t start. These men tried to jump it off, they tried to add oil, they even tried to add gas, still no budging with the engine. I remember another man coming and hitting on the starter! These women were not looking forward to jumping in the back of a truck for a 30 min drive in the rain!I went back to my child like faith and said let’s just pray. I started praying aloud for God’s will, for God to cover the bus’ engine with angels. No sooner did the words come out of my mouth that this bus started!
My faith more than tripled in this one instant! To think that we put all of our trust and faith in man, there was no result. When we set our minds on God’s will, his will reigns over all. The worst that could’ve happened would’ve been riding in the rain. Without weighing the choices in advance and putting the smidgen of faith that God is greater than any mess, he prevails!
A couple of years later, I was reminded of this story when my four year old daughter was asking about faith and the power of prayer. I’m always called to give testimony that relates to each situation that is set in front of me, and this was perfect opportunity to share this story. Looking in my rear view mirror and seeing the light in her eyes as I shared it was the best. This story actually clicked with her and she got it.I have to remember in any situation, trial, or tribulation, that there is a force and a power greater that myself, that I can tap into at any given time. I have to remember to captivate and remember these stories (testimonies) to share when it is relevant. I have to be able to bring the younger generation up the best I know how in my current situation. My children are much more vulnerable than I because they have more access to worldly things.
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