On May 3, 1999, Constance Wagner, 13 years old stopped playing with her gameboy to console her 6 year old little brother who had become frightened by the loud thunder around their Moore, Oklahoma home.
“Ah, come here, Brett,” she said in a low soothing tone of voice. Constance invited him in her room where the both of them sat on her bed. “What you need to do, Brett,” she said with authority, “is to remember that you don’t have to worry about anything if you trust in God. He’ll see you through any difficulty if you just hang in there, have faith and believe. Just pretend that the thunder and lightening is God light covering you up like a blanket, protecting, shielding you from head to toe. Nothing bad is gonna happen. Trust me little brother!”
Brett immediately stopped crying and trembling. He seemed to take comfort in Constance’s words and suggestions. Just as Constance was about to resume playing a game on her gameboy, a bolt of lightening struck the large oak tree in their front yard splitting the tree in half and causing it to burn. Both Constance and Brett jumped high off the bed, scurried towards the window to see the sight.
“And if that doesn’t work,” Constance said, “grab a blanket, cover your head just like this and get under the bed!!”
In so many ways, all of us are like Constance at one time or another. That is, able to give others suggestions and advice for handling their problems, worries and fears. But when we ourselves are the ones faced with the problem, it is a little more difficult to logically and objectively assess the situation and follow through with the advice we had just given. Faith is something we learn from practice and following through with, not from simply preaching to others what to do.