A child, with their hearts not yet hard to the world, brings such incredible power in their faith of the world, the disappointments and the bad relationships included.
From the bible we learnt that, in Matthew, it is asked to Jesus by his disciples; “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven?” and it’s there that it’s so clear that the heart of a child is so good. In fact to enter the kingdom of heaven it’s also said we are to become like a child.
As Sara Moore Gruver got to the end of her pay period she invariably had to budget, but also she was given a reminder of how fortuitous the faith of a child can be!
Her kids weren’t really sure what it means to land on a week where you’re just a little short, and begged mom for ice cream. You probably well know the kind of routine that you see in your local supermarket, or with your own kids. The end of everything could come if they don’t get their treat!
Mom explained that the last $20 in her pocket would last until payday, she explained to the kids, so they perhaps would understand that they were short on money that week. After all they had more than enough food at home already.
The children dreamed of ice cream, just the thought conjured their imaginations and followed by sadness in their seats, knowing there was no way to persuade mom, so they said a prayer.
Sara heard them say:
“God, we’d really love some ice cream. Is there any way you can give mommy some money so we can get some ice cream tonight? We know you can. Thank you.”
Telling the kids that there were bigger and more deserving things to pray for she said:
“God isn’t going to drop money on our door step so you can get ice cream. He’s BUSY right now with natural disasters.”
The Oldest, Josh, knew that God is never so busy that he can’t listen to all the prayers he receives, and he could feed millions, so ice cream should be a sinch!
So Josh said to his mom:
“Nope, God said you’ll have plenty of money for ice cream and to give some to the natural disaster people.”
Sarah was going to correct him but quickly gave up.
When they pulled into their driveway, there was some mail on their front porch. They unloaded, then she opened the envelope, inside it was a check for $123.
The extra money was actually money given back from an overpayment on an old student loan from many years before. Sara finished her Facebook post:
“The kids were not surprised. God was not surprised. They got ice cream. The Red Cross got a donation. And Mom remembered, yet again, what it means to have the faith of a child.”
Since she posted her experience, the story has gone completely viral. Sara is so pleased that her post has gained so much of people’s attention, but it’s put faith well and truly in the spotlight.
Lots of people have offered ice cream to Sarah’s kids, but she tells everyone that they are not really in need, it’s just that, she says:
“We have good jobs and are financially set, just some weeks we pay extra on things and don’t leave room in the budget for treats.”
So if you are now mindful to remember the faith of children then share the love and this storey too!