The two kindergarten-aged cousins galloped along the walking path at the park with stick horses guiding their way. The pink-decked girls pulled on the reins and slowed. They had to pet the curly dog coming down the path with her grown-up owner, Carol.
The chatterboxes told Carol, “This is my horse, Dusty, and my cousin’s is Brownie. Back there is our elephant, Cubby, our lion, Leo, and donkey, Rose. They come with us everywhere we go. They are invisible. But sometimes it’s crowded. Cubby the elephant tried to climb into my bed and almost broke it, but I told him no!”
“Oh?” Carol remembered her days as a five-year-old. Cubby may not have broken the bed, but Carol and her friends wouldn’t have missed the fun of jumping on it like a trampoline. She might have blamed the elephant, too.
“Our moms are over there on the path, but they wanted to go faster than us with all our invisible animals.”
“Yeah,” the second girl added. “Rose, the donkey sat outside my window this morning and did this.” She waved her arms and brayed, “Hee-Haw! Hee-Haw! She woke me right up!”
Carol listened intently as each girl told of her adventures with her animals and how they got along with the real family dog. Carol only had to say, “Uh-huh, uh-huh” for them to continue in detail explaining each adventure.
Another grown-up might have just seen two wee girls with stick horses walking and non-stop jabbering as they walked around the walking path.
But by the time Carol finished the lap with her dog and the girls plus their entourage, she looked back and smiled. By now, she could see the girls walking with Cubby, the elephant, Leo, the lion, Rose, the donkey, and the horses Dusty and Brownie.
Seeing the invisible. That’s like faith as a foundation of Christianity. But it’s not believing in the make believe. Eyewitnesses passed down the word of Jesus’ miracles and teachings and fulfillment of the prophesies of a Messiah who had come. They believed. They knew Jesus as the son of God.
Jesus, son of God, himself said, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” [John 20:29]
Faith is explained in Hebrews 11:1 this way: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.”
We can believe in God, his son, Jesus, and the promises, which God and Jesus always keep. The greatest is this: that we can be forgiven, cleansed and headed for Heaven through Jesus.
Though he may seem as invisible to all as Cubby, Leo, Dusty, Brownie and Rose, praying, trusting and accepting him is a sure thing. He will never break down the bed like Cubby, the elephant.
[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of scores of articles, a half dozen anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available where print books are sold and in e-book. Look for Give Us This Day Our Daily Grin – A Fun-Lovers Guide to Spiritual Living and Growing releasing June, 2017. Jo lives in northeast Arizona and writes a popular humorous weekly blog on her website, http://www.button-to-god.com.]