Some people think the Bible is full of stories of God moving in the lives of people “back then.” But it’s not just a history book, and it’s certainly not a fictional fairy tale. I fully believe that all Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Today I left the house and within 5 minutes was already wincing from the pain. Not now! I groaned to myself, I have so much to do today! I had to meet Will and 4 others in Costa Rica on a short visit…the plan was to take them into Carpio and show them the various programs, then they would participate in the children’s Bible club. Not only that, I was the leader in charge of club, as Susan was away with another team. I couldn’t cancel on the North Americans, nor could I leave the kids waiting….
Already on the bus, I quickly sent a text message to several friends to ask for prayer for the hours ahead; even so, I kept shaking my head, thinking “this is impossible. I’m going to be in so much pain. I can’t do this.” Meanwhile, I opened my Bible to the gospel of Mark to review the story I’d be sharing with the children today. But it was so much more than a “Bible lesson.” God showed me, right then, that He was listening to my fears and frustrations and was answering me.
In Mark, chapter 9, we see Jesus interacting with a father whose boy was possessed by an evil spirit. The man was desperate for Jesus to heal his son: “Have mercy on us and help us, if you can.”
“What do you mean, ‘If I can?'” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.”
The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!”
It was enough. I closed my eyes and spoke to the One powerful enough to create the heavens and the earth, and the One close enough to care about my physical pain. “Dear God, I hurt already. I have a long day ahead of me, and I don’t see how I can get through any of it. You are asking me to trust in You. I believe you can give me the energy I need today. I know my belief is not very strong right now, so help my unbelief….take me past it and show me that you are the Almighty God, and you deserve all the glory. Amen.”
P.S. God’s blessings upon me yesterday: buses on time, friends praying for and encouraging me, the ministry tour went well, the 5 visitors were very involved and helpful, the kids had a blast during club, I was able to lie down for the last 20 minutes (allowing me just enough energy to return home via bus), and I arrived to oatmeal cookies that Patricia had made just for me! God, you are so good!!