Today Is the Day to Believe What I Don’t Believe

Today is the Day to Believe What You Don't Believe

“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.

Jesus didn't make the ultimate sacrifice for me to stand beside His promises and question their validity.


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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3 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for sharing your story with EPFH, Kelly! It’s an honor to have you over. I love how while we are supposed to be teaching our children, God uses them to teach us.

  2. What a perfect example! My boys do this to me all. the. time. I guess you’ve exposed a log in my eye…for getting frustrated with their need to ask a million questions with proof and understanding when I do the same thing every day with faith. 🙂 I’m so happy to be visiting for the first time. You have a lovely little corner of the internet!

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