She struggles with an attachment disorder. That’s why she’s in the facility. She is getting the help she needs to develop and maintain healthy relationships. It’s difficult though, when your parents are divorced and they have differing views on life. One parent does not believe in God, the other does and the step-parent does too.
Teaching spiritual values in an effort to help her and the other young people in the facility develop a sense of self-worth, I get to have some interesting conversations. Since I worked at the facility and now volunteer I have encountered more people who claim to be agnostic and atheist, and one person who claimed to be a pagan than I ever have before. Interesting for sure.
Her unbelieving parent taught her there is no God. And she believed it too.
One day, as I walked around the facility saying hello to several of the young people, I sat down next to her and asked her how she was doing. She said, “I want to tell you something.” I’m always curious, but was taken by surprise with her next comment. She said, “I believe in God now.”
I think, like most people, she wanted to believe. The lessons that we taught and a step-parent teaching her that God is, were key elements for her belief. I was extremely joyful, very happy that she had accepted the truth that there is a God and that now she believed in him.
I hope her next discovery is that Jesus is God’s Son and that he can save her. Of course one of the first steps toward Jesus is believing in God. “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him” Hebrews 11:6 (NASB).