Points of Life

We are officially public-school parents.  Anna and Nathan were so excited this week to bring home their first school fundraiser.

 
Full of energy and emotion, Anna explained, “If you sell 6 items, you get a light-up whistle and if you sell 100 items you get a gummy bear maker.”
 
“100 items?” I replied, trying to remember what the prizes were when we sold wrapping paper and CD’s in school.
 
“100 items!” she confirmed and then launched into what other prizes, different sales amounts would bring home.
 
My favorite response came from Nathan.  “Whoever sells the most in the school gets a $100 Virus card!”
 
“A what, Nathan?” I asked, not knowing what a ‘Virus’ card was.
 
“A virus card!” He confirmed with the utmost of confidence.  
 
I took the prize poster from him and found out for myself that this “Virus card” was actually a prepaid “Visa” card.  (Incidentally, Dave Ramsey would agree with my son).
 
Now it made sense.
 
And all of a sudden, I realized that our kids had blindsided us with an incredible spiritual truth that blindsides us every day.
 
We are constantly being told to buy this newest thing or eat the newest food or buy this new car.  It doesn’t stop there!  We hear messages that encourage us to go for whatever will make us feel good in the moment…and so we buy in. When it works we feel great, but when it doesn’t we question and we doubt.  
 
 
When injuries occur during a senior’s season, we wonder…
 
Why did God let this happen?
 
When a relationship ends unexpectantly we question….
 
Where is God in this mess?
 
 
When we feel like God has let us down or abandoned us, we cry out…
 
How could He have done this to me?
 
God is big enough for the questions, but He also desires that we don’t keep returning to them.  He wants us to grow in our faith and trust in Him.
 
So instead, what if we responded like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego?
 
You remember Daniel’s three friends.  They were about to be thrown into the fiery furnace because they wouldn’t bow down to a gold statue, even though the King demanded it.  Where was God to save them?  Watch their response.
 
 
“O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. 18 But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.” (Daniel 3:16-18).
 
 
The friends boldly proclaimed that even if God doesn’t come through (like we want Him to), we will still trust Him.
 
That’s a faith that I desire, and I hope you do as well.