When people ask me how I can believe in an invisible deity, I tell them that at the core of my faith is the miracles that have taken place in my life. I am convinced of the reality of God and of Jesus Christ through the ways in My life has imitated the Scriptures. It is in the resolutions to situations so beyond human ability to fix that I have seen the Bible come alive for me.
For instance, when my son, Malcolm, was healed of meningitis at age 10 months. After 18 days of running a fever without any progress made to overcome the fever, a man stopped me in downtown Atlanta and prayed for Malcolm. At the end of the prayer, he said to me, “When you get to the hospital tonight, your baby will be well.” Sure enough, when I arrived at the hospital at nearly midnight, the fever had broken and Malcolm was completely healed. When I asked what time the fever broke, amazingly, it was the same time that the stranger prayed.
As I was reading my Bible some time afterwards, I read the story found in last verses of John 4, where a father asked Jesus to heal his son, and Jesus said, “Go your way, your son lives.” The nobleman found out that his son’s fever broke at the very same hour that Jesus had proclaimed Him healed. My faith in the reality of Jesus increased, for I had witnessed the same miracle in my life.
I was baptized at age 9, after a strange light, a beautiful nearly white light that I cannot describe fully, appeared to me while I was sitting in the church. The light was only on me. I felt such peace in the light, and at the time I was mourning separation from my mother and nothing seemed to help me stop crying. But after I saw the light, somehow I knew that I was not alone, and that God and Jesus were real. I cannot even explain how I knew, but I was overcome by such a feeling of certainty that Jesus died on the Cross and rose on the third day. In nearly fifty-seven years, I have never wavered in that belief.
In John 12:36 (NLT) it states, “Put your trust in the light while there is still time; then you will become children of the light…” When I read this scripture and thought of that day, I realized that the light was not a figment of my imagination, but something real that for whatever reason I was allowed to see at such a young age. I had never heard of a light in relation to Jesus, because my mother never took us to church. I had just started learning of Jesus, and while I was learning scriptures in Sunday school and through some white Bible college students, I did not know if He was real or a fantasy until that morning.
Lastly, the core of my faith was increased when my first boyfriend hit me while I was standing on a porch. I landed on the hood of a car and bounced off. My neck should have been broken, and I should have died. I remember reading Psalm 91:11-12, “For He will give his angels orders concerning you, to protect you in all your ways. They will bear you up in their hands, that you do not strike your foot against a stone.” I truly believe that God’s angels kept my head lifted in a way that prevented me being killed, for Psalm 34: 7 reassures us that “the angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them.”
From a prayer answered when lost in a foreign city to broken and inoperative windshield wipers starting to work on a mountainside in a thunderstorm on a dark night, I have witnessed the goodness of God in the land of the living. The Scriptures have become real for me as I have lived them. I have become convinced of the reality of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit because I have seen Him intervene in my life and in other people’s lives. So as I am advised to do in Hebrews12, as a witness and being surrounded by other witnesses, I continue to run with endurance the race that is set before me, with my faith intact whatever what happens.
Yes, I have seen God’s promises fulfilled. Seeing truly is believing, and the core of my faith is that I have experienced Him do just what He promised to do in the Bible. Life does not get any more real. Like David in the Psalms, I write and speak on what I have witnessed for myself, for Psalm 96:3 states, “Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.”