Proof’s day is about to draw to a close. If you are confused right now, you might want to check out the blog entries for March 14th and March 15th.
Be sure to look out for Proof in the Big Apple Adventure this summer. Not only will students learn about her in the VBS children’s mission’s curriculum, but preschool and kindergarteners will learn about Proof as well in their missions rotation.
Proof’s day draws to a close . . .
As the day draws to a close, the kids pack up their bags, but one kid is upset and nobody knows why. He yells, punches, and kicks. There is no calming him. Who knows why he finally clicked? Proof crosses the room and moves close by the angry boy who is now sitting with a scowl. With no fear, Proof sticks her head in his lap, and his violent hands suddenly still. He reaches down and caresses her fur, taking a deep breath. The situation’s now calm and all can relax, as he now has a smile that grows brighter with each lick across his soft hands.
The kids are now gone and Proof’s day is nearly complete. She and her master head home, but a different way than they came. Taking different turns, Proof sees many more fans, people who greet, wave, and even hug. These streets are often tough, sometimes scary things can happen, but when Proof walks by all evil thoughts seem to disperse, run-away leaving pure joy. Walking up a hill, one would think they were transported. As if walking on a border, a look to the right is the same as before, but now to the left the buildings are replaced with towering boulders, sprawling elms and oaks, and green grass. The big city park is where Proof often plays. Chasing her ball, running, and jumping does a lot to free her from any stress of the day.
Today, though, there is a lady, standing in the shadows created by trees, not in the silver moonlight but beneath the orange street lights. She steps toward Proof, and quietly asks, “Can I pet your dog?” Before an answer is given, she sits on the ground and Proof crawls in her lap, immediately changing the lady’s frown. Proof’s master stands by, pondering the situation. The years of struggle for this lady were clearly shown by the wrinkles on her leathery face. Baggy clothes she wore and a duffle rested beside her now cross-legged sitting body. Likely her whole life is packed in this bag, possibly heading towards the shelter. Like nomads crossing the desert, many families head with their bags every evening to this temporary home.
A few seconds turn to many, now even minutes. Each lick of this canine healer brings tears from this wounded soul. No words are shared, just heartfelt emotion. The woman finally stands to leave, collecting her belongings. A few steps she takes, and gently turns. Looking at Proof then her master, she points and exclaims, “That dog is Proof God exists.”
They depart and head their different ways. Proof and her master return to their fourth floor abode. Proof eats her dinner and winds down for the night, resting again on her brown, pillowy bed. Many such days have already occurred, many more are yet to come in her journey ahead. Daily proving God exists, not through any extraordinary means, but by being who she was created to be, Proof is serving others through simple means. Proof can teach a lesson for us all, to be not what others desire, but instead fulfill God’s plans and live a life meeting the needs of others. The question that remains is will people look at you and simply say, “There is Proof that God exists”?
*“Proof God Exists” is an original work of Andrew Mann. All Rights Reserved.