“Mama, how many years will it be until 3000?” My middle child was apparently deep in thought in the back seat.
I replied, “Nine hundred eighty-four.”
Very matter-of-factly she said, “I don’t believe it.”
We spent the rest of the car ride doing math in our head and debating the fact that 3,000 minus 2,016 does, in fact, equal 984 years. I was unable to convince her.
She asked again this morning before school. I pulled out a piece of paper and a marker. “Surely she will believe when she sees it in black and white,” I told myself. I uncovered the basis for her errant arithmetic. She held tightly to her belief that it only takes one year to move from 2099 to 3000.
She walked away and then sheepishly returned a few minutes later. “I believe now.”
She neglected to see the hundred’s place. In her mind, twenty-ninety-nine became thirty with two zeros. It’s kind of funny now, but she was utterly frustrated at the time. She couldn’t make it work in her mind, no matter how clear the arithmetic was on paper.
Isn’t that how it is with us and God’s word? We know God’s word is true. We read these truths in black and white. Yet, because we can’t make it work out in our minds, we struggle to believe it is true.
I am thrilled to share a “My Last Ten Minutes” post with my dear friend, Andrea. Continue reading Today Is the Day to Believe What I Don’t Believe at Empty Plate Full Heart.
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