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Topic: Memory (07/10/08)
TITLE: One Tambourine
By Gilbert Dixon
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As I grew older I began to explore other ideas about the world, other philosophies. That Jesus guy became old fashioned; my grandmother’s ways and her religion were no longer suitable for my intellectual mind to believe in. Christianity became stupid to me, the beliefs and language of fools. From all the things I had seen in my life, I rationalized that if there was a God, he sure wasn’t doing a very good job of things. But I’ll be honest with you. When I took sociology of religion, a course in college, I remember writing that God was a social construction of human thought, religion therefore was false. When I wrote that sentence I could see my grandmother’s face and I remembered her tambourine and the older ladies singing and crying in church as a kid. Something tugged at my heart and angrily I hit print, turned in the paper and got an A.
Sometimes she would call me in Texas and just to say hello or leave a message. After every time we’d talk, I’d cry almost like a baby afterward. Priscilla would think it was because I was homesick, but the truth is that its because God was calling me. God was dealing with me. He was pulling at my heart and I didn’t want to submit. I didn’t want to admit all those years I was wrong, that my beliefs were wrong, because it meant I would have to change my life and what would people think? But with the sound of her voice, I knew there was a God and I denied Him. Over and over and over the Lord showed Himself faithful and full of grace for me. Well one day I did end up calling on His name and my life is forever changed…all because God is a good God and a faithful lady played the tambourine.
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