Today Courtney and I finish the Gift of Faith by sharing two personal stories which have recently happened in our lives. Reading chapters 11 & 12 on faith reminded me that God’s timing is always perfect, and seeing how He unfolded the events in the story I shared in the end amazed me. Many times in our lives things happen and we are sometimes left with more questions than answers. Sometimes all we have to lean on is God’s unchanging Word and our faith in Him. For me personally I was able to see how even before this terrible event happened, God was preparing His children. In my section of the video I share how my church recently lost 3 out of 4 members of a family in a terrible car accident that claimed the lives of a father, mother and their one year old son. Though I didn’t know this family personally, one of my Good Morning Girls and another girl and her family in my Sunday School class were very close to them. All 3 moms had worked together and were pregnant with their first children at the same time.
I share in the video that the Tuesday after the accident, the women in my Sunday School class met at my house to go over the section on the Gift of Faith. As we gathered with one purpose in mind, God had a different plan. Much of our time that morning was spent in prayer, shedding tears and consoling one another and our hurting friends. It was no mistake God planned for this summer bible study to take place, even though when He first started nudging me to offer it I thought it was a crazy idea with everything else I have on my plate this summer, and it was no mistake that we were reading on the Gift of Faith when this accident happened.
Reading words like:
“If they can keep eternity before their eyes, they will be able to live in hope no matter what happens to them in this life.” – Sally Clarkson, pg 105
“Lord, we don’t understand this, but we trust you to use Stephen’s life for your glory!” pg 109- We prayed the same exact prayer that morning. Though we didn’t understand the “Why”, we were trusting in God that good will come out of this story and that He ultimately will be glorified.
“As I trust God to carry me through my problems, I actually learn to trust him more! And even more importantly, I become a living testimony of faith to others, especially to my children.” pg 113
“The best way we can give the critical gift of faith to our children, in other words, is to exercise faith in our own lives–to accept the difficulties of life and choose to trust God in the midst of them. This means we will choose to be thankful, choose to be joyful, choose to be mature and strong, and try to be an example for our children. It also means we will talk to our children about why we’re choosing to respond in this way and share with them what God’s Word says about faith.” pg 113
That morning as we were closing the session, one mom reminded us that this accident didn’t come as a surprise to God. He knew it was coming and knowing more of the story and details we can see His hand as He prepared the young child who did survive the accident, we can see how He had His hand on the grandparents who are now going to raise their grandson and even how He had His hand on the friends who are also left hurting by providing a support system that months earlier didn’t exist. Looking closer at the story and the events surrounding it, we can see God’s finger prints all over it. Though we still don’t understand the “Why” we know from God’s Word, that He can be trusted, that He is love and that all things work out for the good of those who love Him and in the end…….He will be glorified.
Do you have a story that you can share with us concerning the Gift of Faith? If so, we’d love to hear it!
Until next time…
Love God Greatly!