Jan Barker - April 16, 2019

Isaiah 53: 3-6                                                                                   John 10: 30-33

 “The Jews took up stone again to stone him.  Jesus replied, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these are you going to stone me?”  The Jews answered, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you, but for blasphemy, because you, though only a human being, are making yourself God.”

A few years ago, a young teen girl was taking a piano lesson from me.  I asked her if she was going to attend a particular event that our church (at that time) was planning for the upcoming week.  She got very quiet and I could tell she wanted to say something but did not know how to say it.  I asked her what was wrong.  She said, “I need to tell you something, but I know you will hate me when I tell you.”  I said that no matter what she had to tell me that I would never hate her but only love her as always.  Then, with much hesitation, she told me that she did not believe in God.  As somewhat shocking as this was, because her family was very active in the church, I said a quick prayer to as God to guide my words.  I took her hands and looked directly into her eyes.  I said, “I am glad that you told me and no, I do not hate you.  What you believe (at this time in your life) is how you feel.  I will respect that and not think any less of you.  I can only tell you why I do believe in God.  When I look around me and see the beautiful blue sky, green trees, gorgeous birds, darling animals, sweet babies, insects, and daily miracles, I know that God exists and is still working for us every day.  I know that He loves me unconditionally and that I can talk to him anytime and anywhere I want to.  He is my best friend who will never, ever leave my side.”  She listened intently but said nothing.  A few months after this, she quit piano as her teen life was getting very busy.  I am no longer at that church so do not see here anymore.  I can only hope and pray that she has experienced some special times in her life that have brought her to God.  I hope that perhaps she will remember what I said.  I feel as if God spoke through me that day and I hope it was the right things to say.

The Jews wanted to stone Jesus, not for the good deeds he did in the name of God but rather because He was making Himself God.  They did not realize that God had sent him as His son to show the people what God can do.  I would add that if you are ever in the same situation that I was in, just tell that person why you believe in God and of the things that God does that we, as humans, cannot do.

 Dear God, thank you for being inside of me and guiding me in what to say to my young “doubting Thomas”.Please watch over her throughout her life and make yourself known to her along the way.Keep her safe and happy.Thank you for the wonders you give us every day that only you can give us.Amen