Gina Caswell Kelly
I was walking around my church praying this week, again. It is a nice quiet time between me and God. I enjoy it. I think He does too. While I was walking, I noticed lots of Hope Notes written on the sidewalk and steps with chalk. Hope Notes was founded to honor the memory of a precious little boy who lost his life too soon. It is usually words of encouragement and God’s promises for people to see and hopefully take to heart.
On my walk, there were lots of promises from God written. “God promises mercy.” “God will always love you.” “God will never let you go.” “God keeps His promises.” It was that last one that kind of began sticking with me as I walked. I was thinking about how we trust God to keep His word and how we are to rely on Him in all things. Then I came across another little Hope Note scribbled on the sidewalk. “4+4=8” The first time I saw it I kind of laughed to myself about some little one using that as what he chose to write to encourage others. The next time I came around and saw it, I did not laugh.
It occurred to me that 4+4=8 is also a promise. It doesn’t matter what new common core math situation they try to teach our children. It doesn’t matter how long the algebraic expression is. It doesn’t matter if the math work covers the page, 4+4 will always equal 8. That is it. End of story. That fact will not change. You can argue it any way you want but 4+4 will always be 8.
My thought was that if I can be so very sure in the unchanging agreement in simple math facts, how much more sure can I be in the unchanging word of the One who created this world and all that is in it. This One who created the earth, the sky, the birds, the grass, me and you promises He will always be with us. He promises us He will never let us go. He promises mercy for those who love Him. His promises are sure.
You can go all the way through the Bible and see that every one of God’s promises, He kept. You can look all the way through my life and see that everything God has ever promised, He has made sure was done. That does not mean that my life has been simple and an easy stroll all the way through. If you know me at all, you know that my life has been far from simple and anything but an easy stroll. But I am still here and God has shown me an answer for all the problems I have ever faced. He has honored His word in my Gospel story and never failed me yet.
So every time you see those simple math facts, let it remind you of the promises of God. If He can assure a little one just learning to add that 4+4 will always equal 8, how much more can He assure you that He will never leave you nor forsake you.
The promises of God and a childlike faith that He will never leave you will make the difference.