The Innocence of Faith
It was my first day and all so new to me – the first time I had ever done anything like this and I wasn’t sure what to expect…….
It was the 2nd day of the Bethel Convocation – a national event lasting 5 days and held each year at Bethel Convention Centre. I arrived late Monday morning to set up my stall for my new business, Garden of Delights. I was both excited and anxious at the same time….would people like what they see? would they buy? Thoughts raced through my mind as I carefully arranged the products on the table and put up the roller banner….and then waited.
People came through the door and proceeded down the foyer towards the main auditorium at the opposite end. Most glanced over at the different stalls as they passed by, some stopped to take a closer look and a few bought one or two items – others probably made a mental note to visit during the interval when there was more time to browse the merchandise.
It was going to be a lo-o-o-ng day, from 11am until 10pm. When evening service was over people would still be milling around the foyer, socialising, eating in the canteen area and of course browsing the stalls. Luckily the canteen was directly opposite so you could grab something to eat whilst keeping an eye out for people at your stall.
Around mid-afternoon, a group of 3 young girls came over to see what I was selling – they couldn’t have been any more than 12yrs old. They showed an interest in my keyrings, which at only £1 it was something they could afford. Then their eyes scanned the pictures I had and one of the girls became fixed on a particular picture, ‘GRACE, God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense’. She stared at it a while before looking up at me expectantly. She innocently asked, “Do you have this in other names?”. The question threw me and I was puzzled as to why she asked. After a short pause I replied, “er, no I don’t”, not fully understanding the relevance of her question. Out of curiosity, I asked what was her name. She proudly answered, “My name is Faith”. Then it hit me. Of course! Grace is also a girl’s name. I couldn’t believe it had never even occurred to me before now, after all christianity is all about faith!
From that moment on, I was so determined to think of an acronym for F-A-I-T-H. In between serving customers, I’d be scribbling on a piece of paper playing around with words and sentences and then when I got home I’d be looking through the dictionary as well. This took over my mind for a week and then finally I succeeded.
Full Assurance It (will) Truly Happen
And it did….because I had Faith!