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Inspiring Stories of Faith. I Asked for Proof. I Got It.

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I am a believer, mostly, in good things, the Universe, positive thinking…you know what I mean. While I am optimistic, I also tend to be realistic. My Mom would always laugh at me when I wanted proof for something. She’d simply place her hand on her heart and say, if it feels right there and the head doesn’t argue too much, that’s reasonable proof to have faith.

It isn’t like I am wholly skeptical – but it is easier for me to accept the abstract when there’s proof. And yes, I’ve had plenty. I remember a comedy scene in a movie where someone says he won’t believe what he can’t see and the other guy says: “You can’t see God, does that mean you don’t believe there’s one? You can’t see air, does that mean you won’t believe it exists? You can’t see love, does that mean you won’t accept it is there?” and goes on and on. Quite funny.

Faith is like that. I still secretly think, sometimes, let it happen then we’ll see. But my son is not like that. And neither was my Mom. Perhaps he gets it from her.

She certainly had the last laugh on that one!

So let me tell you the latest “proof” I experienced, thanks to my son. Yes, I am convinced he’s responsible. And I have deep faith in his prayers.

Inspiring stories of faith. Oh yes. I got my proof!

It happened three weeks ago.

A normal day like any other. After sending Vidur off to school, I went about my morning routine and settled down to work around 10 am. A bit later than the usual 9 am, being a Monday, because I rather like to do some speed-cleaning on Monday mornings. Could be the music in my head or simply the energetic feeling Monday brings. No blues here – unless we’re talking about what color am wearing.

So – a peaceful morning ensued. I worked. I had the music on.

At 11 am, I got up to stretch and move and decided to shower. I did. And dressed in a rather nifty full-sleeved black t-shirt. I love it. Across the front, it has an elegant strip of thumbnails of Michael Jackson. Paired with snug faded dark blue jeans it felt pretty good and humming a happy tune, I resumed work.

Took a brief break for lunch at 1 pm

At 2 pm, I wandered around the house and decided to head off to Vidur’s school. With a song on my lips – I am a habitual hummer – I grabbed my bag and hoisted it on my shoulder. Got my shoes on. I was thinking how pleasant my shampoo’s fragrance was…and also congratulating myself for buying that new kohl pencil that promised not to smudge. It did not.

Feet comfy in my shoes, I caught my reflection in the bookshelf glass, admired myself for a second and sashayed out the front door, smiling.

So imagine my shock when my front door did the dirty on me and banged shut. I was stunned. I thought, what the what? It never does that. Something about the mechanism – and it never auto-shuts. So why now? Oh well, I thought. I noticed my neighbor peeking out his door and smiled at him and dug into my bag for the keys…remembering too late that I had meant to pick them up from the table. I hadn’t.

So…yes, people. I was locked out of my own house. With two pairs of keys probably laughing their heads off inside. I recalled that as I walked in the door in the morning, my land line was ringing and I had dropped my bag and keys on the table to pick up the call. I usually put the keys back inside my bag. I hadn’t, that day.

Hmm.

My neighbor was watching all this and asked, now what? I guess I looked a bit panicked. My mind was racing however – and I told him I’d call someone to pick the lock. He offered to make the call – urging me to carry on to school. I tried to calm down. I did count to a 100 before my pulse rate returned to a reasonable normal.

I took the bus.
I went to school.
Did what I went to do.
Met Vidur and told him what happened.
He asked, what to do now?
I told him let’s take one thing at a time.

And the boy said – don’t worry Mom, I am praying. Everything will be okay.
I smiled.
We took the bus. Got off at our place.
Crossed the road and went to the bakery.

I believe all problems taste better on a full tummy.
So I got Vidur something to eat.
While we waited, I saw his lips moving fervently and when I raised an eyebrow, he signed to me to say he’s praying.

Then we came back home to see if the neighbor had had any luck with the Man but was told he was out of town. Now, this Man had helped us unlock our door about 14 years ago – which is why I thought of him. That is another funny story – that time, we were locked inside the house.

Anyway. Now we had no choice but to walk to the nearby market and find the locksmith. The problem with these guys is – they hardly stay put in one place. We had to try nevertheless…so Vidur left his bags in the neighbor’s house and we set off.

As we stepped out of the building, Vidur put his hand on my arm and said, “Mi, please repeat this prayer after me” and chanted. Automatically I responded. Then he said, “Have faith. The right solution will come”.

I was thinking, please God, a miracle!

See, the thing is, we could have waited for Sury to return in a couple of hours, but he was out of town and expected next week.

All worked up, I told Vidur we’ll cross the road when I saw a two-wheeler coming towards us. I signed to Vidur to let it pass, but when it came closer, guess who it was! The guy I was trying to contact! I could have wept for joy. I am sure he was sent to me! Arms flailing, I said, “stop stop stop” and he did. Probably thought I was out of my mind, which, heh,  I probably was – and the moment he parked his two-wheeler, I told him what happened.

What was Vidur doing? Watching with a serene smile on his face, lips still moving in prayer.

So I escorted this guy back into the building and upstairs, telling him not to damage the door because we recently had it repaired.

He smiled at me and asked if my verandah door was open – at back of the house. Rolling my eyes, I said, of course not. But suddenly remembered it was, with only the outer mesh door latched. Then I understood what he planned to do – through the neighbor’s verandah, get into our verandah and try to open the back door. Oh clever. Luckily the neighbors were home. He managed to get into our verandah across the chasm separating the two second floor flats as we watched with our hearts in our mouths.

He looked around and found an old metal handle that I had somehow never gotten rid of. He bent it, manipulated it through the mesh and managed to unlatch the door. And walked through to the front door to let us in.

If this is not a miracle, I don’t know what is. So many things could have gone wrong. But they didn’t.

Vidur insisted it was because we prayed.

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We took stock of the silver linings in the situation:

I had my purse, so cash
I had my phone
I had a book to read
Vidur and I were both together and not exactly helpless
The neighbors were home, or we couldn’t have accessed our verandah
I hadn’t shut the verandah door as I usually did before going out. Thank God for being careless.
We had both eaten lunch and had cash in case it was likely to take some time to open the door.
Vidur had his school books – in case he wanted to get started with his homework or study for a test
We had a lovely terrace where we could go and sit comfortably – under the water tank until it cooled a bit

So it really wasn’t a dire situation. But I am somehow convinced, yet again, that keeping the faith through prayer kept us positive.

As these experiences add up, they strengthen my tendency to think positive and work towards the outcome I want. I am grateful to my son for keeping the faith unwaveringly in tough situations. This qualifies as one of my inspiring stories of faith.

What do you think?

Have you faced a situation that looked bleak? How did you handle it?

Please share in the comments or email me at vidya at vidyasury dot com

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    Robert
    January 30, 2014 at 1:23 am

    Interesting, interesting! I don’t know why, but it seems like I’m having those kinds of experiences more and more frequently – especially over the last few months.

    Something happens, where I’d usually say: “oh, oh there are troubles ahead…”, but then, there is this immediate feeling and like an inner voice telling me: “don’t worry, everything’s gonna be fine…”

    And then, one strange “coincidence” seems to be chasing another… and almost miraculously, everything works out fine.
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    Sandra Pawula
    January 30, 2014 at 1:38 am

    I love this story, Vidya! The link to faith is just so clear and obvious. I know I’ve had situations like this occur, but they don’t stand out for me at the moment. Nevertheless, I believe in the power of prayer and faith.
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    Debbie
    January 30, 2014 at 4:00 am

    Thanks for sharing your story Vidya. Yes, i do believe in miracles. And I do believe in prayer. You can move mountains with faith and prayer,

    Some times those problems after all can seem like a mountain that needs to be moved. And low and behold it gets moved.
    Thanks again and it is amazing what we can learn from kids.
    Debbie

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    Pixie
    January 30, 2014 at 5:40 am

    I loved this recount.
    I totally believe in the power of praying. Faith is something I hold onto strongly. It’s gotten me out of many sticky situations as a child and then later on as an adult.
    Prayer has kept me strong during difficult times.

    Beautiful and touching Vidya. Thank you for sharing 🙂
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    Mary Stephenson
    January 30, 2014 at 5:44 am

    Hi Vidya

    When things seem to be bad, if you look on the bright side it usually works out.

    I am always so paranoid of being locked out I always have a back up in my pocket if I am to leave the house. Even when I was living alone I would have a key on a chain and one in my purse. I gave up carrying purses and have a key in my pocket and one in the trunk of the car. Another key also to get into the car and all else fails I can call On Star to let me in the car. But of course this ambitious plan can fail…as I don’t own a cell phone!

    I have always found that if I don’t worry so much and keep calm that things turn out just fine.

    Mary
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    Rainbow Hues
    January 30, 2014 at 6:49 am

    Lovely story Vidya. Faith does work wonder whether the concern is big or small, a prayer on our lips can fix anything. This is wonderful!

    I usually tend to leave my car keys in my car and often times find ways to get it out , somehow…but that happens only once I have calmed my nerves and worked out a solution for myself!
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    Kathy Combs (@Kathy29156)
    January 30, 2014 at 8:39 am

    When faced with anything, I usually freak out a bit and then have a little one on one with God through prayer. Amazingly enough He always helps me and shows me the way. Maybe it is because I know he will so I don’t worry after I remember to ask Him for help. Then, things fall in place. So glad you got back in OK! ♥
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    Aditi
    January 30, 2014 at 9:41 am

    I could picture Vidur with his pleasant smile, his lips gently murmuring and his eyes full of faith 🙂 Your kid is absolutely right, have faith and things will fall in place. Loved this account Vidya!
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    Roshan R
    January 30, 2014 at 10:01 am

    that really is a true sign of the power of faith… i know i have suffered a lot for lack of faith. In recent times, have really gravitated towards the ‘Rhonda Brynes -Secret’ thought process and looked to bring good things into my life. As you said, against all odds, have seen some miracles.
    I do believe today…
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    Sreeja Praveen
    January 30, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Hi Vidya,
    A really inspiring and touching post. I was just reminded of a story, where a guy complains to God, that despite his praying hard, God didn’t solve his problems.God replies, ” what to do, child. I tried, but you never let go”.
    Faith keeps us alive, in true spirits.
    Good going, Vidur 🙂 You truly live your name!
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    Jyothi Nair
    January 30, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    It definitely is an inspiring story of faith. If I was in a situation like this, I am sure everything that could go wrong, would go wrong. Maybe I lack this faith. Must try to bring it back into my life. What a refreshing read Vidya. Made me realise what was missing from my life. 🙂
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    Seeta
    January 30, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    So true Vidya… faith does exist.. and just when I had begun to drown myself in self doubt, I read this post… I would want to call that Faith too 🙂 Thanks to you and Vidur for this 🙂
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    LindySez
    January 30, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    What a great story … thanks for sharing.
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    Ruchira
    January 31, 2014 at 12:39 am

    Vidur is a fine young boy and the seeds of hope have Ben sowed by you thus the contious reminder by him when he would see you in distress.

    Applaud you for this act.

    My son is also my knight n armour during the time when the husband is traveling and I feel good to lean upon his meek shoulders which resonate so much positivity and constant reminders that we can do it mummy.
    Our car broke down one evening when we were coming back from his swimming class and thanks to him it is a good memory

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    Jessica
    January 31, 2014 at 2:05 am

    Oh, what a beautiful story of faith and trusting in a higher power to get you through! I do pray, not because I’m necessarily religious but because I do believe in God and that so long as we ask, then we shall receive. I am spiritual and I think that contemplating the heavens or universe or anything that you deem bigger than yourself can only help to remind you to trust and be grateful even in situations that seem bleak.
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    Elle
    January 31, 2014 at 2:06 am

    Loved this story Vidya and your son is one powerful dude. Faith a powerful component in our every day miracles. So glad you got into your house relatively easily.
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    Vishnu
    January 31, 2014 at 5:01 am

    Wow, the power of faith in action, Vidya. And I love how this didn’t metaphorically opened the locked door but literally did:) All the power to Vidur who trusted and lead the door to unlock. Miracles are indeed happening all around us, the note on my lamp says we just have to acknowledge them when they unfold.

    A reminder for us to practice more faith and trust the situation in more dire and troubling circumstances. Thank you for sharing this true-life example of faith working, Vidya.

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    Joy
    January 31, 2014 at 8:19 am

    I *love* this, Vidya! I also love that you chose to share this, because you could have kept it to your self! Experiences like this are far more potent than reading a book or taking a course because it is “real life” and we can each identify with that. I live through the power of prayer – faith “is proven” daily, in many ways and I simply smile and say thank you. Often my children remind me of the power of prayer – they have trust sometimes in spaces I do not; we are blessed to be the mothers of such faith-filled children!
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    My Inner Chick
    January 31, 2014 at 10:01 am

    b e a u t i f u l
    story!

    I love that Vidur prayed!

    I believe in the POWER of prayer.

    I believe in YOU)
    I believe that God orchestrated your day exactly how it was supposed to happen!

    Love you more than chocolate ice-cream w/ sprinkles.

    xx
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    Shilpa Garg
    January 31, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Loved this story, Vidya and more so because I needed to read such a story today! This story has once again reaffirmed my faith in the power of prayers!! Thank you for sharing this and I am so glad that I read this today! Hugs and much love ♥
    PS : You must be so proud of Vidur! He is a gem! God bless him 🙂
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    Cher
    February 1, 2014 at 6:08 am

    I always find that when I’m stressed out about something, either one or both of my kids can change that! Your son’s prayers worked and that is awesome!
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    Danny Simon
    February 1, 2014 at 8:18 am

    I know what it’s like to be locked out! Lol! GLad to hear you did make it back in!
    Faith again is the substance of things hoped for, evidence of things not seen! Kudos to faith! Well written!
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    Sheethal
    February 1, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Faith can do wonders. Loved the way Vidur handled himself and you. At times my faith in prayers just take a trip down the hill, but something or the other happens and get me back in track…. Thanks for sharing this 🙂
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    latha
    February 1, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Loved reading this story,Vidya. Such a wonderful kid you have, god bless..Yes, indeed it was a miracle. Today, going to enter in a big venture in our lives and I need faith strongly to have everything go smoothly…such a positive post to read in the morning…hugs to you..
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      Vidya Sury
      February 1, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      Dear Latha, thank you for your kind words. I am visualizing positive outcomes for you in your venture. Keep the Faith and go forth and conquer. Most times, when we expect happy outcomes our efforts are geared towards them. It works. 🙂 Hugs! And all the best to you!
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    elaine schoch
    February 3, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Prayers are a powerful thing…
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    Corinne Rodrigues
    February 3, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    I thought I had commented on this post and realized I had read and shared but not commented. You told me this story, but the one I’m recalling is when the WT blog disappeared and Vidur prayed and the it was up in minutes – not without the help of an angel in the form of Vanita, of course! Faith, it truly can move mountains!
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    Li-ling
    February 11, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    They say kids have the most power because of their belief – clearly very true. Your story reminds me of when I locked us out of our house and I borrowed a neighbours ladder to climb in to a tiny bathroom window on the upper floors. My then 3-year old thought it was a great adventure 🙂

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