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Help Me Overcome My Unbelief

By November 9, 2012

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I love what the father of a boy tormented by demons says to Jesus Christ when asking him to miraculously help his son: "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!" What a human statement, so honestly expressed!

We all have times when we want to trust God to help us with something, yet still struggle with doubt that God really can or really will come through for us. And that's okay; God understands. As long as we have good intentions (wanting to believe) God is willing to meet us where we are.

Several years ago, I sensed God's spirit urging me to believe that He would make a long-held dream possible for me: volunteering to build a Rose Parade float. Since I was a child, I've watched the Rose Parade on TV every New Year's Day and marveled at how people build such gorgeous floats completely out of plants (from flowers and seeds to fruits and vegetables). I dreamed of being one of the people who help create one of those wonderful floats, but the official volunteers come from the California jurisdictions who sponsor the floats, and I live 3,000 miles away.

When a friend whose family lives in California informed me that people can buy tickets to watch the volunteers work on the floats, I decided to take a trip with my family to watch the process in action. It was a fun day, but as we were leaving, I sensed God strongly urging me to walk up to a particular float organization and ask if my daughter and I could volunteer to help build their float. As an introvert, the last thing I ever want to do is to ask someone I don't know for something! But I couldn't ignore the sense that I should do just that.

So I turned around and prayed for God to help my unbelief that the people there would give us a chance to work with them right then and there, despite the fact that volunteers were required to sign up months in advance and undergo training. When I mustered the courage to ask, the woman I spoke with actually seemed grateful. "We're short two volunteers and would be glad to train you both on the job this afternoon," she told me. Miraculously, my daughter and I both became official Rose Parade volunteers! And the float God led us to work on was just perfect for us as chocolate lovers: We were assigned to crush cocoa beans and glue the powder onto leaves, creating brown eagle's wings for the float.

What dreams do you hope God will make come true for you? If you can tell him: "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!" they may miraculously become reality.

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