Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Faith Like a Child

"Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven."  
~Matthew 18:3~

A few Sabbath's ago Tim and I were reminded about the faith of a child. It was a typical Florida Sabbath day, full of sunshine. We got ready and went to church but did not know what God was going to teach us that day. To be honest, I don't even remember what the sermon was about...oops! What stood out to us was a story in our Sabbath's bulletin. 

The story was from the Principal of our church's elementary school. 
It read:

     "At Forest Lake Education Center we are reminded constantly that we serve a living God. I want to share one of the many miracles that our living God has done for our students.
     Recently I observed two students praying together in the office. When I asked them what they had been praying about they told me that one of them needed money to help with their school tuition. 
     Several of us got together in the office and prayed for this student. We asked God to provide a way for this student to find the money that they needed for school. Two hours later a young women came into the office. When asked how we could help her she said that she had come to sponsor a student.
     She was asked what the name of the student was that she had come to sponsor. She said that she did not have a specific name. She explained that her husband and her wanted to know if we had a name of  a student who needed financial help. They had been impressed by God to come and help a student.
     Tears lowed down our faces in the office as we witnessed God's immediate answer to our prayers and the prayers of two students. We experienced a miracle of God's direct interest and intervention. 
     We serve a living God who loves and cares for us more than we can imagine. May we never forget that our Redeemer lives and can provide for all of our needs."

This story has moved us in so many ways. God heard the prayers of two little girls, one of which would not be able to attend school the very next day had her tuition not been caught up. God heard the prayers of school administrators. God impressed on a couple's heart to give and help a child receive Christian education. God moved the young woman to go to the school at that specific time. We are again reminded, His plans are always perfect and worth the wait.

Our journey to and through adoption has meant so much more than we every fathomed. It's been about listening, hearing, and moving when God speaks. Our hearts have been opened to our world and the vast needs. Sometimes I think we forget there are needs in our own back yards, the person sitting next to us, the person in the grocery store standing in line in front of us, or possibly the child sitting next to yours in school. 

God calls us to help our neighbor {Luke 10:30-37}. We are learning to open our eyes to our neighbors and not just the vast needs in another continent. I thought this was a beautiful story and simply had to share another story of our LIVING GOD who moves mountains and walks on water across the globe and in our own "yards". 


1 comment:

michelle said...

Thx for sharing, really:) Beautiful...