June 25, 2015
I’ve been reading a Christian fiction book that’s not about the boy getting the girl in the last chapter! Callie is about two families who need healing.
Callie herself needs healing from a situation she got caught up in by trying to help a family stay together. The end result was tragic with a baby boy being beaten to death by the father. She blamed herself for testifying in court on behalf of the parents who she thought she knew. She is haunted now by the cries of the little one whose life was cut so short by a violent end.
The other family is Iris and Samantha. Their father became a drug addict and when given the choice by his wife to either get off drugs or leave his family, he chose drugs. After about five years of destroying his life and his family, he found Christ. His life was beautifully transformed by the grace of God. He became an author sharing his story. In the towns where he had book signings, he would share his testimony in homeless shelters hoping to encourage the down and out to find victory in Christ.
He wants to find his family hoping to make amends and a new beginning. In his search he discovers that his wife was killed in a car accident. He became even more desperate to find his daughters, not knowing how they are getting along without their mother.
Without telling the entire story, through the help of Callie and her husband, the father is reunited with his daughters. Samantha, the older of the two girls really does not trust him and is sure he will disappoint them again.
During their struggle, Samantha continues to resist his love and acts of kindness. At one point in the story – and the reason I am giving a book report for the first time since school days – Samatha stormed out of the house overwhelmed with the situation. Iris is frustrated with her sister and impatient with her inability to take their dad at his word.
The father’s statement flooded my soul with hope. “Not to worry. I’m hoping we have someone more stubborn than Samantha on our side.” I’ve read a lot of fiction and have never been touched more by one simple sentence.
We know the attributes of God, but I’ve never thought of God as stubborn. I’ve always been told I was stubborn, and I have to admit it is true. It has negative connotations, but it has seen me through to the finish line many times. But God! Stubborn?
A verse came to mind, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20) It does not say that He knocks for a while and goes away. He is standing at our doors and knocking, wanting us to answer the door. He’s not going away until we answer. For some, sadly, the door never gets opened for salvation, and more aptly with the intention of the verse, for fellowship with the Saviour. But He – stubbornly – keeps knocking.
Now, how this statement blessed me so much is because of an ongoing prayer in my life. I don’t know how the Lord will answer and when, but because God is more stubborn than the situation I am praying about, I have hope.
One of my favorite prayer verses is Romans 8:26. “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” God is knocking at our door with the answer we can’t predict.
My stubborn prayers are going to a faithful God. He never fails. He will not give up, and neither must we!