24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:24-29
I feel like Thomas sometimes. I think specifically about my relationship with Dr. Wile E. Coyote. “No way this is happening, Lord. Too good to be true!” And then Dr. C and I pray together and read the word together. “He’s just a good guy, with a pretty great faith life.” We go deep (we’re way past favorite colors by now), and we talk about what God has been teaching us. I pray that God would love him through me, and then God answers me. “Seriously, God?” Boom. A family from his little town in northern Wisconsin was headed to my little town in eastern South Dakota for Thanksgiving. He got Wednesday through Tuesday off, and even though he could only spend Wednesday through Sunday with me, HE SPENT WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY WITH ME. “For real?” I ask in wonder. God shakes his head and rolls his eyes. “I got this. Duh.” The whole time we worry and make excuses, God is holding out his word and his promises.
“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you though and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
On Friday night, Dr. Wile E. Coyote and I danced. Just music playing on an iPhone and dancing. After dancing, I flopped on the floor because I was tired. Dr. C joined me, and then we just held hands and thanked the Lord for all the things he has done and still is doing in our lives and the lives of others around us. I think that was one of my favorite moments, and it’s making it into my blog not because I want to display my personal life (trust me, you won’t get a lot of that here), but because it was meaningful to me. It was to Dr. C, as well. Dancing was like a dream come true for him, and everything was just great. God is so faithful, and he hears his children and answers them.
God’s faithfulness is so like wow. Not only in my relationship with Dr. Wile E. Coyote, but in so much of life. I feel so gosh darn blessed when I look around at my stellar family and when I hear the soft guitar playing of my roommate and the opportunities I’ve had the last few years and just all sorts of things. (There was a little moge poge of scenes going through my head, and accompanied with Kate’s beautiful guitar playing, it was like a movie. Just telling you all. I’m also in kind of a sappy mood lately, but ya’ll can blame that on the holder of my heart.) Also, my roommates keep upping mine and Dr. C’s cuteness factor, cuz we’re seriously adorable. And he can be such a romantic and I love it (which totally encourages it, too). I am SO full of smiles this week.
Also, Thanksgiving Day was my birthday, and my mom wrote this post about me in her “30 Days of Thankfulness” month of November blog series. I’m kind of a lover of words, and this was an awesome birthday present. Also as a lover of words, I pretty much love encouraging things from the Word and things that Dr. Wile E. Coyote tells me and anything encouraging at all. My love language is words of affirmation, you see. Wow. This blog post began with a verse and just took off. Thanks for sticking with me.
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11