Losing Faith? Read This Post

Mind WavesPardon me for the long blog post. I have a story to tell. It’s about answered prayer and dreams come true. It’s about magic and mysticism and this thing called faith. I must tell the entire story to do it justice. I hope you’ll spend five minutes reading it through.

If you’ve been following my posts, then you know a few things about me and the launch of my first book, Mind Waves:

  1. Beach Glass Is Important. Both in my life (I collect it) and in my book, where the heroine uses beach glass in her artwork. The hero offers her a piece of glass twice in the story–early on he presents her with a piece of red glass (a rare find) in the shape of a heart. By story’s end, he hands her a piece of green glass, matching the color of his eyes. (Check out the front cover and his glowing green eyes and the heart in the lower-right corner.)
  2. I’ve Had Multiple Paranormal Experiences. Past blogs have told of ghosts encounters, prophetic dreams, palm-reading analysis and auras, which fueled many of the scenes in the book.
  3. I Have a Strong Faith in God. I didn’t always. (That’s a story for another post.) My faith has partly stemmed from encounters with an invisible world–if I believe in ghosts, it’s not a big stretch to think I’d believe in God. I pray often and have asked the Lord to guide me in my writing life, which is fraught with rejection. Despite my beliefs, I sometimes doubt or ask him to reveal himself, particularly when I’m struggling to stay on course.

And that’s where this story begins.
I spent Labor Day weekend on the shores of Lake Michigan with extended family. My husband and I were both stressed leading up to the trip. The week before he’d been in bed with migraines. I’d spent the week launching Mind Waves on social media.

Our first day on the beach, our sixteen-year-old son, Sam, disappeared. He had gone ahead of his dad to check out the waves. By the time my husband arrived, he was nowhere in sight. And when I finally made it there two hours later, Sam still had not returned. He’d left his cell phone behind in the cottage, too, a rare occurrence. It wasn’t his nature to disappear without telling someone. We started to worry.

Our day at the beach, Lake Michigan.

Heading to the Lake Michigan beach to learn Sam had gone missing.

Searching for Sam
The family split up to search. Grandma went back to the cottage. My sister-n-law checked the volleyball court, and my husband and I strolled up and down the beach. After a few minutes, I encountered my sister-n-law, who was on her way back. Instead of searching for Sam, her head was bent over the sand.

“Did you find Sam?” I asked.

“Yes, he’s fast asleep.” She pointed in the distance, where I could make out his form in his black bathing suit, lying on his beach towel.

Relieved, I stopped to consider her. “What were you looking for?”

“Here,” she said, handing me a piece of green beach glass. I noticed immediately the color was darker and smoother than my normal finds at Edgewater, like it had been tossed around in the Michigan waves a bit.

“That’s so cool.” I started to hand it back.

“You keep it,” she said, knowing I collect glass.

“Thanks.” I pocketed the glass, and she headed back to tell the others.

Lord, please send me beach glass
Since Sam was okay, I decided to stay and scan the sand for more glass. Surprisingly, I found a few pieces. That’s when I had my God thought.

Lord, I prayed. Can you please send me a great big piece of glass so I know you are here?

I smiled inwardly at the thought of asking God for beach glass, adding, I don’t need the glass to believe in you, of course. I always believe. It’s only I’m tired and scared of what I’ve got myself into with this book launch and want to feel your presence. So, why don’t you just send me glass.

And I laughed out loud at the thought of God sending me beach glass.

That’s when two women appeared, seemingly out of nowhere. Excited and full of questions, they wanted to see what I had found. I pulled the small handful of glass from my pocket and showed them.

Heart-shaped glass found on the beach.

Heart-shaped glass found on the beach.

“Oh my gosh, it’s a heart,” the first woman spoke, pointing at my palm. She was tall with clear skin. Her head was wrapped in a colorful scarf.

“That’s amazing,” the second one added with genuine enthusiasm. She had freckles and her hair was in pigtails. She looked to be in her early twenties and wore a bikini.

I studied the green glass in my hand. It was a heart! I hadn’t seen the shape until the woman pointed it out.

“Do you live around here?” I asked.

“No, we live in Chicago,” the taller one said. “We’re yoga instructors. We’re taking a class.”

“They gave us fifteen minutes so we thought we’d check out the beach,” the shorter of the two said. “So great to find you. How long have you been collecting? What do you do with it?”

The questions continued until eventually, I told them about Mind Waves and how it was inspired by beach glass.

“That’s so amazing,” they younger of the two said with passion. “I’m definitely reading it.”

“Me, too,” the other added. “This is so exciting.”

How strange, I thought, and said aloud, “You two are not going to believe this, but I’d been praying for God to send me a piece of glass, as I’m worried about my book launch, and instead he sent me two potential readers. And I guess I got the glass, too,” I said, holding up the green heart.

“That’s so cool,” the taller of the two said. “I will definitely check out your book.”

“Me, too,” the other added.

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And as quickly as they arrived, they departed on a flurry of energy.

If the Lord is for us…

Me with my mother and sister 'n law shortly before our beach glass discovery.

Me with my mother and sister ‘n law shortly before our beach glass discovery.

Dazed, I returned to our beach umbrella, where the rest of the family had gathered. “You’re never going to believe what happened.” I recounted the experience.

“That’s so weird,” my sister-n-law said. “I just got finished telling everyone a similar story. I was thanking God for letting me find Sam and asked him to send me a piece of glass. I looked down and saw the piece of glass I gave you at my feet. I couldn’t believe it. Then you showed up.”

My sister-n-law has not read Mind Waves. “Did you realize the glass you gave me was in the shape of a heart?”

“No way,” she said.

We stood a moment and marveled at the glass and the not-so-strange coincidence. A great peace descended. A peace that surpasses human understanding.

“The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” Psalm 118-6

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31

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24 Comments

  1. Tona Stimer

    That’s so amazing! Great God wink story!

    • amandauhl

      Pretty wild. I couldn’t have made that up if I tried, and I have the heart-shaped glass to prove it:)

  2. Lori Sizemore

    What an awesome story. It’s a beautiful thing when He reveals Himself to us.especially when we’re looking for it.

    Good luck on your release. I’m debuting myself in a few months.

    • amandauhl

      Thanks Lori! Good luck to you as well. I’ll be on the lookout for your book.

  3. Mary Morgan

    Beautiful story, Amanda! Thanks so much for sharing. Wishing you all the best with your new release. 🙂

    • amandauhl

      Thanks for reading Mary!

  4. Jane Lynne Daniels

    Wow, Amanda. What a powerful story – and recounting of a scary Mom moment! Can’t wait to read your book.

    • amandauhl

      Thanks Jane! I can’t believe the launch of Mind Waves is around the corner:)

  5. Danielle Haas

    I LOVE this post! First, I’m so glad your son was found safe. I’m sure that was a terrifying two hours! Second, I pray constantly for God to show me the right path for me to take with my writing. I believe whole-heartedly that He will always guide those of us who are willing to trust and obey. I can’t give a whole lot of advice about how to deal with the stress of a book release, but I can say that it seems clear you are right where God wants you to be, and He will see you thought. I’ll make sure to add you to my prayers ? Can’t wait to read Mind Wives…and to hopefully meet you Saturday!

    • amandauhl

      Thanks Danielle! I’m looking forward to meeting you as well. See ya Saturday!

  6. Barb

    WOW! So captivating I couldn’t stop reading … just like all your writing! Thank you for sharing such an amazing experience.

    • amandauhl

      Thanks Barb!

  7. Barb Heintz

    Wonderful story. You asked for a tiny piece of glass and ended up with a miracle. A safe son and a piece of glass in the shape of a heart – proof of God’s love. Coincidence – Maybe. To the faithful – a sign.

    • amandauhl

      Thanks for reading Barb!

  8. Allison

    What a wonderful story. I loved you that you found heart shape glass. Thank you for sharing it.

    • amandauhl

      It is cool, isn’t it!

  9. Anita Calhoun

    Wow, thanks for sharing. It really is a great story, the coincidences pretty amazing. Love the green, heart-shaped glass.

    • amandauhl

      I need to do something cool with that piece of glass!

  10. Judy McDonough

    I love it! And look how easily you segued into promoting your book to those ladies. 🙂 You always talk about how good I am about that, but that’s exactly how I do it. I find a common interest and slip my story in there somehow. Great job. Now I wish I could find something as amazing as you did. What a wonderful story!

    • amandauhl

      Thanks Judy. I couldn’t make this stuff up. The best part is I have a beachglass heart as a reminder, and I’m much more peaceful about the whole publishing biz in general. As you and I have talked, it’s easy to obsess.

  11. Lynn Shirk

    Great story

    • amandauhl

      Glad you enjoyed it Lynn!

  12. Joyce

    Okay, just catching up here and had to read this. And comment, of course.

    We’ve talked about this and we’ve both talked about how God answers prayers. He doesn’t send me beach glass, he sends me rainbows. As a kid I gobbled up the story of Noah and the rainbows God send and always connected the two, but he made a point of sending one when I really needed it. On my 16th birthday, I didn’t get to celebrate. I went to a funeral home with my mom. Funerals don’t normally bother me, but it was for the son of my mom’s friend – he was 20 or so. It was awful, the visitation crowded with young and old crying over the motorcycle accident that ended a life too soon. On the way home, across the flat highway, a large rainbow appeared. There was no way to miss it and it lasted for minutes. My reminder that we don’t walk alone.

    But the real lesson turned out to be that you have to look for the signs. I get laughed at all the time when I run outside to look for rainbows. I’m okay with that because if you never look, you will never find. You got the lesson because you looked for glass and got two souls as well. But I always knew you were smart!

    • amandauhl

      Great insight Joyce and what a neat story you tell. You must ask to receive but you have to have faith to do so. Thanks for reading and for all your help with the book launch. You are awesome:)

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