One of my tasks at Silent Blessings is to respond to fan mail. Some of it is a simple greeting, and some of it is a little deeper. Here’s one I wrote today to a young man who isn’t sure about this whole God and Bible thing… but those of us who know God, well, we KNOW. Do you know, or do you have questions like our young friend?
Hello Donald, thanks for writing!
You know, you have an interesting idea – and it’s one that other people have thought about before you. When you let go of a book, does it fall up or down? It falls down, because gravity pulls it toward the ground – but you can’t see gravity, it’s just there, always working. When the wind blows your hair into your face, can you see the wind, or just your hair? The wind is always there, sometimes moving a little and sometimes moving a lot – but what you see are the things that it moves, not the wind itself.
That’s how God is – always there, always working, sometimes in big windy ways and sometimes quiet just like gravity. We can’t see Him, but we can talk to Him, and if we believe in Him and read the Bible, He can talk back to us.
Now, about the Bible…people have asked that question too. Do this: get about 4 friends together, and tell everyone to write a story that has a prince and a dragon and a horse and a mountain. When everyone writes their stories by themselves, read them all together and see if they match. Then, ask everyone to start with a clean piece of paper and write the story as you tell it. When they read the stories they all got from you, the stories will match, because they all came from your mind.
It took more than 40 people writing stories and letters for 4,000 years to make the book we call the Bible. Some of those stories, like King Nebuchadnezzar taking over Jerusalem, are also written in other books and papers from the same time. So you see, somebody big must be telling the whole story, because they all fit together, and we can see pieces of the story happening still today. That big somebody is who we call God, because He’s big enough to see the whole story from long before we were born until long after we’re great-grandparents.
And the best news? He has a chapter in the story just for you! Ask Him to help you understand who He is and how much He loves you, and then He can start telling you about your part in the big story – maybe you’ll be a prince who climbs a big mountain on a horse and defeats a dragon!
Thanks again for writing. Stay tuned, there’s more in store!
– Your friends at Dr. Wonder’s Workshop