I know that atheists are always asking for proof of God, so I thought I would take the time to give you some. And just so you know, I don't really expect any atheists to accept what I'm about to give you as proof, but even if you don't it will undoubtedly encourage other Christians, so here we go.
A couple of months before my wife and I got married, we decided to move to Ohio, where I grew up, from Florida where she grew up, and I had been living for about four years. The reason for doing so is because I was in a difficult ministry at my current church. I was the youth and music director and for pretty much the entire fourteen months I was there I had nothing but problems. The teens didn't want to get involved in anything I tried to do, and the music ministry wasn't much better. In general, the people of the church were not willing to cooperate, so we decided it was best to go elsewhere.
Upon giving my resignation, the pastor suggested to the church that they give my new wife and I a month's severance pay to help us move, and to give a nice gift on our way out. (I made $500/week) Well, the church refused. Good thing was I had a job lined up as soon as we got to Ohio, and we would probably have enough money to get us there, so everything would be okay financially.
When moving day arrived, everything looked like it was going to be fine. I had a Uhaul rented for about $290 and I went to pick it up early in the morning. I walk in, tell the guy who I am and that I'm there to pick up the truck. He says, "No problem, just let me get your paperwork." He looks it over, walks over to the counter and says, "Okay, so that will be $850."
At first I was calm, assuming a mistake had been made, so I say, "No, it was $290, that was what you told me when I reserved it. Do you have the right paperwork?"
And he said, "Yea, Winter Haven, Florida to Hamilton, OH, $850."
This created many problems, but the biggest one was I literally didn't have $850 to my name, I had around $800, and I had no idea what I was going to do. All these thoughts start going through my mind, and I said something like, "Look Buddy, I don't know what you're trying to pull, but you told me it was $290 two weeks ago when I reserved this truck, and now you're telling me $850. What is going on?!" (Which by the way, it's true. He said it was $290)
And he was like, "No way I tell you that. No way! It's 850", he said with broken English.
I basically told him he was a liar and stormed out. I know, I know, not very Christian of me, but I was angry, scared, and didn't know what I was going to do. I remember sitting down in my Geo Tracker with my good buddy, Ron Smith (a regular commenter, and a regular when helping me with my many moves) and wanting to cry. I took a couple deep breaths, held it together and thought, "I'll just find another Uhaul, God knows I'm moving today, and He'll work it out.
Well, I go to the next Uhaul, and how much do you think they charged? Yep, $850. I thought I was going to die. I kept thinking, "How am I going to tell my nineteen year old wife that our moving plans aren't going to work out? She'll be crushed." I thought to myself, "I'll just go home and act like it's no big deal, tell her we're going to finish packing and get a truck later, no problem."
I go to our apartment and I do just that. I keep my cool, tell her it's no big deal, even though my mind is going crazy. When my father-in-law shows up, I tell him about the situation so he immediately gets on the phone, and starts calling rental places. He finally finds one for around $650, which is good, because I at least had the money to rent it. I didn't know where my gas money was going to come from, but at least I had a truck, so I was thankful for that.
So I go get it, and we start filling it with our stuff. My faith was badly shaken, but I still thought there was a chance it would still work out, with God's help of course.
As we're packing, my mother-in-law comes in and says some people in the church gave us some money to help us move, and I was like, "Praise the Lord, this should cover our gas money! God is so good!" So my wife says, "How much was it?"
My mother-in-law smirks and says, "$1600." $1600!!! I can honestly tell you, this was one of the greatest moments in my life. Not only did we have enough money to get to Ohio, we now had enough money to pay our first months bills (for the most part) once we got there!
Can this possibly be explained any other way than just...God? Are you atheists going to tell me that whole scenario was just happenstance? I know you probably will, but I assure you it was God. Praise the Lord for His goodness, and may many more of you come to know Him.
Here's the HardTruth.
God reveals Himself all the time. That is why I'm always saying that a true rationalist will always see God when one opens up their mind, and allows themself to see the truth; God exists. I know it will be hard for atheists to let go of their presuppositions, but it can be done. Come over to the good side, you'll be glad you did, and that's the HardTruth.