At 5 years old I was a very perceptive child with a million questions. As I rode in the car with my mom one day I began asking her a lot of questions specifically about Jesus. One thing I had remembered talking about in Sunday school was heaven. Streets of gold and pearly gates sounded pretty cool I guess, but was there going to be toys in heaven? That was my biggest question. I needed to know before I made my decision to follow him. As I repeatedly asked, my mom assured me that there would be something even better than toys in heaven. My eyes got big and I thought, “What could be better than toys?” Later that evening as we were having family prayer time, I knew I wanted to know Jesus personally. So as I sat there next to my big brother and sister on our white furry couch, I prayed along with my parents, asking Jesus to come into my heart, take all my sins away and be the boss of my life. Even at 5 I felt an overflowing amount of joy inside me and I had no doubt He would be with me for the rest of my life.
Fast forward to the summer of 2012. I was just wrapping up my first year of marriage which was incredible. I actually laughed when people said the first year of marriage was the hardest because mine was complete bliss…little did I know I was about to get a rude awakening. My husband and I were living in Pullman, Washington, the same small town I went to college in, and about 8 miles from my hometown. We loved the Northwest and being near our friends, family and the comfort of familiarity…but we were craving adventure and something new. As my husband applied for jobs in various locations, none of them seemed to pan out except one. Texas. So we packed up our two bedroom apartment, said our goodbyes and began our 2,000 mile journey to the Lonestar state. It was problem after problem from the day we left; an overheating Budget truck, losing an apartment to financial struggle, job insecurity, marital un-bliss, loneliness…life seemed relentlessly cruel. There were a lot of tears, arguments, fears, uncertainty and frustrations for what seemed like months. We knew The Lord had called us there, so why was he allowing us to struggle so much? God revealed this simple answer to us…Faith. He wanted us to have childlike faith in Him. He wanted us to know that through these problems, which seemed so impossible at the moment, He was constantly by our side, walking us through the tough times. We grew a lot that year. We grew in our marriage as well as our walk with The Lord.
As I write this I have to laugh a little. It all seems so trivial especially looking at life now. We have been here over 2 years and are incredibly blessed with great jobs, friends like family, and an amazing church we call home. As one of the biggest changes in our lives thus far, our Heavenly Father was constantly with us through it all. It’s easy to have faith in the Lord when our circumstances are great and our lives are problem-free. Why are we so doubtful that the Creator of the universe and all powerful God can handle these simple concerns? There are almost 500 verses in the Bible that talk about faith. I believe God knew we would struggle with this, and He wanted to give us guidance in trusting Him. We will always face troubles in this earthly life but as my mom always says, There are no problems with God, only adventures.
I think back to that white, furry couch in our family room, and the time I gave my heart to the Lord. I didn’t think twice about God’s power or question if He would be there for me. I just had childlike faith.
And He said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3
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