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tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 134.0 - Posts: 3777)
Mon, 5th Dec '05 9:01 AM

WAY OFF THE SUBJECT OF TRIVIA, BUT AN ASK THE AUDIENCE QUESTION

This post is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but I still wanted to share this story about my son. I am going to “ask the audience”, you, whether this should be coincidence, or something else.

My son is not among the math-gifted. To be more precise, he is among the math challenged. He worked hard to get C’s and the occasional B, unlike his sister, who is now taking AP math classes in 10th grade.

This is Izaak’s 2nd year of college. He is studying for a degree in computers and information technology. One of his classes is Algebra (I don’t know the class number). True to form, he was having a tough time and was feeling the pressure as the final approached.

Izaak is a proud graduate of Lansing Christian School; an expense my ex-wife and I agreed to fund after our divorce. Despite other difference, we have always agreed on doing what is best for Izaak. The combination of outstanding academics and values they teach at LCC have created the best son a guy could ever want.

True to his nature, as the math final loomed, he felt the need to ask for help. He told his mother that he wanted to say a prayer for help. After a discussion about what was right to ask for (guidance/help), versus what was incorrect (a good grade or miraculous performance), he said his prayer and called it a night.

In his academic life, he has had three math teachers who really helped him along when the going was tough. Two of them were at Lansing Christian and one was at the Capital Area Career Center, where he also graduated from with a Certificate in Java Programming. He had not seen any of them since his dual graduations in 2004.

The following morning he went into the math lab to seek assistance and work on getting a good grade. He is holding a mid-3 GPA, with math being the anchor dragging the average done, just like in high school.

Perhaps, by now, you can see where this is going, and I will ask: “If he went into the math lab the next morning and one of those teachers magically appeared to offer him help, would you consider it a miracle or a lucky coincidence?" Okay, I can live with the skepticism of those who say luck. But what if two of them were there, independent of each other? This should test the most skeptical person’s faith in coincidence versus divine intervention. It would mine, if I were so inclined.

The truth is, all three of those teacher appeared in the math lab that morning. None of them knew the other was going to be there. Izaak, who was a regular visitor to the lab for the whole term had not seen any of them in there previously. They collectively worked with Izaak for the next few days and the final was taken. His grade will be a C+ or B-, a great outcome.

Was all of this coincidence? I am a skeptic; skeptic of the notion that coincidence could cover the explanation of these events. I believe that Izaak’s prayer was received and answered.

skillet66
Skillet66  (Level: 83.5 - Posts: 210)
Mon, 5th Dec '05 9:39 AM

Some people are skeptics,despite miracles that happen everyday.The "higher" being always answers our prayers,though it might not be the way we want them to turn out.Therefore,people think their prayers were not answered.I 'm glad yours did-will continue to pray for your son's success.Martha

violetblue
Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 850)
Mon, 5th Dec '05 10:04 AM

I hope your son continues to improve with math. I was lucky that it just "clicked" for me and I excelled... but it was still a very scary subject (as opposed to all my liberal arts classes) because the correct answers cannot be BS'd!

action23
Action23  (Level: 113.6 - Posts: 180)
Mon, 5th Dec '05 10:38 AM

Steve..........thank you for sharing. What a great story......and a marvelous blessing your son received.

To answer your question about coincidence, I say nay. I believe your son worked very hard to obtain the answer(s) and appearance of his three former instructors/tutors that he witnessed. Others may call it coincidence, luck or what have you. However, faith (exhibited by your son) truly does precede the miracle.

Its been said that if we would have faith the size of a mustard seed, we could move mountains. I truly believe this to be so.

Have seen a great many miracles in my brief time here on the earth. Love to hear personal experiences shared by others. And look forward, with a great hope, that miracles will continue to abound throughout this land. Which would indicate an outpouring, abundance, and/or an increased amount of faith. And that my friend, would be a good thing.

action23



margiematt
Margiematt  (Level: 194.4 - Posts: 388)
Mon, 5th Dec '05 2:16 PM

Steve thanks for the great story! If 1 of the teachers was there, that might be a coincidence. The fact that all 3 were there makes it obvious to me that your son's prayer was answered. Margie

koota
Koota  (Level: 181.9 - Posts: 2103)
Mon, 5th Dec '05 8:29 PM

Hi Tuzilla,
There is no question in my mind that it is a miracle in response to your son's prayer. I thought it was when I saw that only one teacher had shown up. That *3* showed up has to be the real deal.
Katy

aquamar
Aquamar  (Level: 178.8 - Posts: 909)
Mon, 5th Dec '05 9:08 PM

Steve, I think its wonderful that your son got the help he needed and that you felt comforable about sharing this with us. The mustard seed is the smallest seed on Earth and to have even that much faith can and does move mountains. Your son must be a fantastic young man and you must be very proud of him.

ladyvol
Ladyvol  (Level: 205.3 - Posts: 5487)
Mon, 5th Dec '05 9:51 PM

Steve this just goes to show you that even the smallest of prayers are heard and answered. God saw his need and answered accordingly...just like the parable of the mustard seed....Prayer changes things and miracles do happen!
Vickie

redbaron
Redbaron  (Level: 198.1 - Posts: 296)
Tue, 6th Dec '05 1:47 AM

Intending absolutely no disrepect to anyone's faith...

Great story. It it is quite tempting to assign divine intervention as a cause for the three teachers' presence, but it is impossible to prove, and, of all the possible explanations, divine intervention is among the least likely, IMHO.

Still, it is inspirational stories like this that help make me an agnostic, and not an atheist (as I was raised).

Will

terrbear424
Terrbear424  (Level: 98.3 - Posts: 35)
Tue, 6th Dec '05 1:48 AM

Coincidence? I don't think so..miracle? I am more inclined to believe the 3 teachers all "heard his prayer" and in turn knew they had to be at the lab that day. Psychic connections or pantheism the connecting of energy life forces....

jenn326
Jenn326  (Level: 22.8 - Posts: 173)
Wed, 7th Dec '05 1:53 PM

That is divine intervention if I have ever heard or seen it. That truly is an inspiring story. Words are very powerful and the words of prayer even more so.

joelwdonnal
Joelwdonnal  (Level: 117.9 - Posts: 268)
Thu, 8th Dec '05 8:24 AM

Steve: That was a wonderful story - more people should go to our "HIGHER POWER" with problems and not try to handle them theirselves. That is why "HE" is there. "HE" has always been there for Joel and I, we wouldn't be where we are today if it wasn't for "HIM". Thank GOD. Good luck to your son and thank you for raising him up to beleive in prayer. It really works.

Donna


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