Dear Reading Friends, This short story, “A Family’s Whole Heart,” is inspired by a true story of a husband and wife who took their young family of four to Africa many years ago. They trusted God with everything. What a big step! But we don’t have to travel to Africa to submit our family’s whole heart to God. We simply need to submit. I hope you enjoy the story!
A Family’s Whole Heart
by D.I. Telbat
Van Darwell sat down at the dining table and prayed briefly with his wife, Judy. They each held a folded piece of paper in their hands. Their two sons were in bed and the house was quiet. It was just them and God.
“We’ve taken three months on this.” Van set his folded paper on the table. “This reminds me of the love notes we used to pass in high school.”
“Except these are love notes from God.” Judy set hers next to Van’s. “This was a test of faith for me—trusting God with so much of our future.”
“Once we knew God was calling for this, for our family’s whole heart, it was only natural to pray separately for specific guidance.” Van took her hand in his. “Are you afraid of what we’ve discovered?”
“At first, I was. But not anymore. Our God is big enough to guide both of us in this. I wrote down what I sensed He wanted.”
“Then, let’s find out where God is sending this family.” Van unfolded his wife’s paper, and she unfolded his. His breath caught as he read one word in her handwriting. “Nicaragua.”
Judy didn’t bother reading his note aloud once she saw what it said. She simply set it on top of the other note.
“Should we be nervous that God has impressed upon each of our hearts the exact same thing?” She exhaled slowly. “Maybe the more we do this—insisting on God’s direction—the more natural it’ll become instead of feeling so foreign or strange.”
“We can watch how God works like this in other people’s lives, or we can enjoy how He works like this all the time in our own lives.” He folded the notes up, one inside the other. “So, we’re going to Nicaragua.”
“I had to look it up on a map.” She covered her mouth to laugh. “No one ever talks about Nicaragua, but here we go!”
“Let’s tell the boys right now.”
“They’ve certainly been waiting for this, too.” She checked the clock on the wall. “But it’s so late, and they have school tomorrow.”
“We’ll be pulling them out of school! We’re moving to Nicaragua!”
Smiles crept across their faces. It was sure an adventure to trust God with a family’s whole heart—their family’s whole heart!
“Let’s wake the boys now!” They said together, and headed to the back room with their news.
COMING UP: Join us next time with a page from D.I. Telbat’s Writer’s Tablet in, “Character Development by Affliction.” And for the following post, come back for David’s next short story, “A Heart for America: Time is Running Out.”