Most people know of the book, “Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret.” It was written in 1970 by Judy Blume. The story I am about to share with you, is not fictional and it actually happened to me in 1964. At the time, I was a preteen like the character Margaret and was raised with a religion that seemed foreign to me. Not unlike her, I also dealt with struggles and conflicts of everyday life.
In an attempt to cope with the issues of my adolescent years, I enjoyed spending a lot of time with my eleven year old cousin. She accepted me the way I was and became my closest friend. Most times, I would spend weekends at her house. She lived in a rural area surrounded by acres of open fields and I delighted in being able to explore nature during my visits. Even during colder months, the peacefulness of the open land lured me in.
One Friday, after school, my cousin asked me to sleep over. It was the middle of winter and I happily accepted the offer. We spent most of our time in her bedroom chatting about our week in school and listening to music. Once bedtime arrived, the heavy drapes that hung on the windows to keep out the cold were closed and the room became pitch-black. Although we couldn’t see each other, we continued our conversation into the wee hours of the night. One of the subjects we began to discuss was our religious beliefs. It wasn’t long before a similar question like Margaret’s came out of my mouth. “Do you think God exists?” I asked my cousin inquisitively.
“I don’t know.” She responded after taking a deep breath and letting it our slowly.
“Well, maybe He is like the Easter Bunny or Santa Claus…someone your parents tell you about that isn’t real.” I sarcastically replied.
There was silence as we both thought over the statement I had just made.
“If he is real,” my cousin boldly broke in, “then He should show us somehow.”
“Yup. He should.” I answered with total disregard of whom we were speaking of.
Within seconds after my agreement, we saw a faint light coming through the heavy drapes; a rumbling noise that vibrated the ground accompanied it. I stared at the window in disbelief as the light seemed to be coming closer and closer. As it did, the intensity in lightness and vibration grew. Suddenly the light seemed to be right outside the window. The room was full of an unexplainable brightness and the window rattled and shook as if to explode. Simultaneously, we both tossed off the blankets and jump out of bed. Blinded by the powerful illumination, we tripped over each other and crawled to the door. My cousin managed to find the door knob and grabbed hold of me. Once reaching the outside hallway, she slammed the door closed. We stood huddled together trembling. Not a word was said as we tried to absorb what just happened.
Neither of us wanted to go back into the bedroom, so we sat on the living room sofa quietly as minutes past by. Finally, I was growing tired and suggested we try going back to bed.
As my cousin slowly opened the door, I peeked inside -- nothing, only darkness filled each corner. After lying back in bed and getting comfortable once again, I whispered, “I guess there is a God.” Again my cousin took a long drawn out breathe and released it before a soft “yes” escaped her lips.
After this experience, my outlook in life changed. It was then that I realized that there was a Supreme Being and I was no longer alone. My existence was not by chance, it was orchestrated by my Heavenly Father. “…even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
From that point on, the remainder of my life would consist of a growing relationship with My Father God.
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