Did you believe in Santa Claus? I did. Oh, I did with all my heart! He always ate the cookies I left out for him. He always left me a little note to thank me for the cookies and tell me what a good girl I had been that year. One Christmas Eve, my mom even spotted his sleigh in the sky! Of course there was a Santa.
When I entered elementary school, I heard rumors that Santa wasn’t real, but I didn’t believe them. I didn’t even entertain the thought for a second. After all, my mom told me she had seen his sleigh in the sky. My mom said it… and that was the end of it.
What faith I had in my mom’s words. When other children would try to convince me that Santa didn’t exist, I always came back to what my mom had told me. She had seen his sleigh with her very own eyes. I completely trusted her. She had always been totally honest with me. She was my very best friend. Clearly, everyone else was wrong and Mama and I were right. I doubted everyone and everything else before I even thought about doubting my mom. I knew that I knew she would never let me down.
Of course the time came when I found out there was no Santa Claus… and, perhaps surprisingly, it didn’t shake my faith in my mother. We were so close, I still knew she would never let me down.
Oh how I long to have that kind of assurance in my Heavenly Father’s Word. Even when others might try to dissuade me… Even when my circumstances make His Word hard to believe… Even though I can’t see how He’s working… That I would know Him so well and have such confidence in His character, faithfulness, and integrity that I would completely trust Him. That I would doubt everyone and everything else before I doubt God. And that I would know that I know He would never let me down.
For God is not a man that he should lie or change his mind (Numbers 23:19, I Sam 15:29). He is more committed to us than anyone on this earth (Isaiah 49:15, Psalm 27:10). And even when we are faithless, he remains faithful because he can’t disown himself (II Timothy 2:13).