We would only be traveling away from home for three days but we had packed four suitcases and one box. It was, after all, my college daughter’s birthday and her sisters and I packed gifts! We came very close to leaving the biggest gift behind. Even with all our efforts, we couldn’t find a suitcase, a box, a storage container, or a bag the right size to pack the white fluffy stuffed chair we found as the perfect gift for a college dorm room.
After pulling apart my closets and searching through the garage shelves, I began to doubt we could bring the fun gift. None of us could see how this could work. A phone call to the airline confirmed the only way we could send the fluffy white chair through baggage would be in an exact
-sized container. Now my doubt led to blindness—I just couldn’t see a physical way to stuff the chair into what I already had.
Hours before our flight would take off, my daughter drove me, with the stuffed white chair in the backseat, to the store. “Let’s search for the right container, “ she said as the other shoppers laughed at white fluff in our cart. We stuffed, pushed, measured, and eyed everything possible on the container aisle.
“Let’s just call it good and give up,” I said matter of factly. “Nope!” my daughter called out from the other end of the aisle, “This gift was meant to fly with us.”
Just then an employee walked into our aisle and said, “We sell boxes just that size on the other side of the store.” With one of us believing and the other of us disbelieving, we followed her to the box aisle. It worked!
That next morning, I woke up with the words from Galatians 5:7 on my lips, ” . . . You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth?”
The disbelief in our lives and in our hearts always stems from what is known. The enemy of our lives understands what we cannot see and throws us into confusion by what we can see. If we just accept what we see and stop asking questions or stop searching for what we need, we live in disbelief and stop running our race. God is waiting for our questions, our doubts, our strongest feelings. Why? Because He wants us to win our race, live our own story, be shaped with His guidance and help.
He sees the “everything” we need while we only see but a poor reflection (I Cor. 13:12).
When we believe there’s a box to fit the odd-shaped gift, the One who is Truth can lead us to that box; when we believe and cannot see we can call our to our Caller and say, “I believe; help me overcome my unbelief.” (Mark 9:24)
1. What are you in unbelief about today?
2. What question is burning inside waiting to be asked?
3. Do you have a story where an unexpected change happened helping you overcome unbelief? If so, do tell!
“A complete an unexpected change in the fortunes or destiny or path of the protagonist has always been an element of storytelling, from the most primitive to the most sophisticated.” Madeleine L’Engle
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