I’m going to tell you an amazing story.
It’s a true story.
There were witnesses…
There is physical evidence…
This isn’t a funny kid story or a DIY tutorial, but stay and read this. At the end of this post, please let me know if you have a rational, logical way to explain what happened.
There is some background info you need to know about: Me, Donna and Elle… Then I can tell you about The Phone Call.
On occasion, I have moments when my faith gets shaky. I try to figure things out like everybody else. I try to make sense of why bad things happen to good people and vice-versa. I’ve been doing a lot of reading, trying to focus on my faith.
Nicole writes the blog Thrifty Decorating. Her husband is a pastor. He wrote a book called No Argument For God.
(Click here to order your copy.) I’m not in very far, but the gist of the book is this: Belief in God is not a rational act. We should stop trying to make the argument that it is and just go with it. Paraphrasing the author, a god I could figure out wouldn’t be a very powerful god, right? (lowercase “g” very much intentional.)
Donna was beautiful wife, mother, sister, friend, teacher, Christian. She was flat out gorgeous physically and had personality & charm to boot!
She and her husband were both very popular teachers in the same school district. They have three beautiful daughters. The community rallied around them.
A few of us got together for a quiet lunch. Even though she was losing sight in one of her eyes, and she was in constant pain, she was smiling and laughing. This was taken the last time I saw Donna.
She died a few weeks later. She had just turned 41. On July 8, she will have been gone 4 years.
There were probably close to a thousand people at her memorial service… even people who had never met her, but found her story inspiring. For a good 40 minutes before the service started, there was a slide show running continuously. The music that accompanied the photos: Somewhere Over the Rainbow… the Hawaiian version of the song. You can listen to it here.
Elle and I go way back. I love her to pieces and she is a blast to be around. She’s super funny and always makes me laugh.
Elle has previously expressed a firm belief that God does NOT exist.
I keep a prayer list and I frequently pray for Elle to open her heart to the very idea of God or that there is something out there that can’t be explained by science or logic. I was praying for her Tuesday morning. Tuesday afternoon I received an email from her, telling this story….
The Phone Call
Elle is very close to Donna’s husband, Matt, and his 3 daughters and sees them regularly.
Six months ago, Matt decided to disconnect the family’s home phone number/land-line. Each person had a cell phone and they never used the home phone anymore.
Monday night, the two younger daughters were doing their homework together. One of their cell phones began to ring. The ring-tone was the Hawaiian guy’s version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow. They were surprised, because that is not a ring-tone programmed into the phone.
The caller ID listed the previously disconnected home phone number.
Both girls were too stunned to answer it before it stopped ringing. They told the oldest sister about it and she called the number. She got a recording that the number was disconnected and no longer in service. So did Matt when he called it. He called Verizon and they told him they might have reassigned the number to another customer already… but then of course that would mean there would not be a disconnect message when it was called. Verizon had no explanation for him.
It is indisputable that a call came in from their disconnected phone number…. yet the number is there in the cell phone’s call history.
It is also indisputable that Somewhere Over The Rainbow is not installed as a ring-tone.
Elle’s take on it? That it was Donna, calling right before Mother’s Day to check on the girls. Do you know what an answer to prayer that is for me? Elle saw the number on the phone. She knows the people that it happened to. It is enough evidence to get her thinking that there is something bigger out there.
My take on it: I don’t know if it was Donna herself. I don’t know if it was a sign from God. I don’t know that I can classify it any other way other something supernatural happened Monday night. It defies logic and explanation. To go back to the book, No Argument For God, it cannot possibly make sense to us, because we are not God. It certainly bolsters my faith.
Personally, I’d like to think it was Donna. That just sounds like something she would do.
What do you think?