Faith, Trusting God

The Face of Faith

Yesterday I had the opportunity to take my students on a field trip. We were given a guided tour of one of the most meaningful museums I have ever been to, The National Holocaust Remembrance Museum. If you’re familiar with the story then you know how the Jews suffered a horrible tragedy at the hands of a mad-man. More than six million people were slaughtered in some manner in what was known as the “Final Solution”. As we walked through the museum I couldn’t help but to feel the pain and suffering of their people. Many of my students were overcome with emotion because of the pictures and stories told by our tour guide. To conclude, we were given the honor of meeting an actual survivor named Regina. Before me stood this small, frail, 84 year-old woman who saw things one could only imagine. Overcome with emotion one of my students began to cry saying “I touched her.” I wanted to ask her a million questions as she was on her way out the door. The only question I could muster up to the strength to ask was, “How did you do it?” She replied in a very quiet, yet firm tone, “I had faith.”

When the other disciples told him [Thomas] that they had seen the Lord, he declared, “… I will not believe it.” A week later… Jesus… said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:25-28 NIV)

Have you ever gotten to the point where you doubted God and started wondering whether or not He would bring you out of your situation? We all get caught in these type situations, whether they are self-inflicted or brought on by something or someone else. We find ourselves in a personal “Death Camp” in which we feel all is hope is lost. The light at the end of the tunnel gets dimmer and dimmer and we question, “Why me Lord?” We only see darkness and never take into account that the daylight will come soon. As Regina held up her arm to show me the number that the Nazis branded her with, I realized that even though she had been marked for death she refused to die. Her faith allowed her to survive what the enemy had on her life.

Dear Daddy,

I ask that You continue to increase my faith. Allow me to see that after every night is a morning. Allow me to trust in You no matter what. In my times of weakness allow me to continue to trust and believe that You will bring me out of my situation. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Today EMPOWER your FAITH. Never forget Regina and how her FAITH sustained her even when it looked like death was knocking at her door. KNOW that no matter what you’re going through GOD will bring you out.

Shawna Dix is a mother, educator, and all around child of God. She is passionate about God, her son Jalen, family, friends, and her students. She loves teaching because it allows her to shower our youth with love and guidance. She resides in Pentagon City, Virginia and works hard educating inner city youth in Washington DC. She prides herself in being a realist. She exclaims that she is in no way, shape, form, or fashion perfect but she has accepted that she serves a perfect God who is able to do ALL things!

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6 thoughts on “The Face of Faith”

  1. Shawna, this is EXCELLENT!!!! I love this line: “even though she had been marked for death she refused to die.” This my new mantra! Anytime the enemy is giving me hell, Im going to tell him: “I know you marked me for death BUT I REFUSE to die!”

    Girlllll, you said something on here! Thanks for sharing this story!

    God Bless you and Regina!

  2. Im with Krissy! Shawna this was excellent, as I was reading this story I kept drawing the parallel between the Holocaust and slavery that lasted over 400 years. We are all here today because someone somewhere in my ancestry had faith. That is VERY powerful. I also love that line “even though she had been marked for death she refused to die” …. The enemy is always out seeking whom he may devour. This isn’t just about the physical. I REFUSE to die a spiritual death too. I will not allow heartbreak, loneliness, finances depression or any of those things kill my spirit.

    Thanks for sharing this word.

  3. Yes! Yes , because this post is awesome and yes, I have been in that place where I felt as if God wasn’t going to bring me out, but that’s when I was reminded by my pastor not to give up and pray for God to increase my faith! I love it!

  4. Thanks ladies. I thank God for allowing me to meet her. Her story touched my heart. I will see if I can scan her bio and post it. So many messages God showed me through her

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