Tulips in the Netherlands
Read the previous post, “Help! I Don’t Have the Courage!” Then read what happened next below.
A Few Days Later
The day of the game, my mom asked if she should wash my outfit. I shrugged. “I don’t really care,” I said.
My mom said, “For a few days it has seemed like you don’t want to go to the game. Is that right? Did something happen? Are you being bullied?”
“No, no yet,” I said. “But I don’t feel like eating with those guys. Do you really think I could pray in front of them?”
My mom didn’t say anything at first. She went to my closet, looked for my sports bag, and asked, “Why do you want to pray before a meal?”
“Because I have to, of course,” I answered.
“You’re wrong,” mom said. “We don’t pray because we have to, but because we can. You get everything from the hand of God. For that you can thank him. The Lord Jesus already earned everything for us. So we can get everything from the Father’s hand. Isn’t that nice?
“If you are happy with someone, you think it is good to talk to others about this person, don’t you? The Lord Jesus said you don’t have to worry about what to say when you’re in a difficult moment in your life. The Holy Spirit will give you the words to say. That’s what he promises.”
Then I felt relieved that I had told my mom, and I know that she prays for me.
It was a good game, and we got to McDonald’s hungry. Just before the boxes of food were put on the table, I muttered that I had to go to the bathroom. There I prayed something like, “Thank you for the food. I’m scared. Please help me.” Then I went back to the table.
“Are you warm?” asked Bjorn, who sat across from me.
“Yes, I’m very hot,” I said, and immediately I unzipped my jacket. I saw him look at the cross on my neck, but he didn’t say anything. Then I heard myself saying, “I got it from my aunt, who knows I am a Christian. I really like it.”
“Cool!” said Bjorn, with a mouthful of food.
I took a big bite from my sandwich and felt very light and happy inside.
To Talk About
- More than 40 percent of the people in the Netherlands follow no religion, 30 percent are Catholic, 20 percent are Protestant, and about six percent are Muslims. In the U.S., about 50 percent are Protestant, 24 percent are Catholic, about 12 percent do not belong to a formal religious group, about 4 percent follow no religion, and about 0.6 percent are Muslim. (Source: CIA Factbook) In which country do you think it would be easier to be a Christian?
- Why was the boy scared to show others that he was a Christian?
- Do you think the boy should have talked more to Bjorn about Jesus, or did he make a good start?
- Have you ever been scared to let someone know that you follow Jesus?