Seek and find

Activated - - FRONT PAGE - By Rosane Pereira

I grew up in a Chris­tian fam­ily, but at 13 I de­clared that I was an athe­ist. When I was 18, I left my home­town of Rio de Janeiro with a backpack and set off to see the world. I vis­ited the Bri­tish Isles, then crossed the Chan­nel and took a bus over­land to In­dia, through Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pak­istan. I learned that Ara­bic-speak­ers use the same ex­pres­sion, As-salamu alaykum— the peace of God be with you—for hello and good­bye. Once in a lit­tle town in Afghanistan, I heard a boy singing a beau­ti­ful song in his father’s tai­lor shop. When I asked what he was singing, he said, “The Ko­ran, of course.” When I ar­rived in Goa, I stayed with a group of French young peo­ple who would sit in their hut and spend hours silently con­tem­plat­ing a lit can­dle on the ta­ble.

I re­mem­ber think­ing, There must be a God. Ev­ery­where I go, peo­ple are seek­ing Him. Soon I found my Chris­tian roots again and be­came a mis­sion­ary, and that’s when I be­gan learn­ing what hav­ing faith re­ally means.

In my ex­pe­ri­ence, as you pass the tests of life one by one, you will find that faith beck­ons you on­ward. It keeps you go­ing when set­backs and dis­cour­age­ment scream that you should give up. It is a still small voice that tells you in the midst of tur­moil that ev­ery­thing is go­ing to be all right. Faith grows through the chal­lenges we over­come day by day.

If you think your faith is still small, re­mem­ber what Je­sus said. Even if your faith is as tiny as a mustard seed, it can move a moun­tain.

Rosane Pereira is an English teacher and writer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and a mem­ber of the Fam­ily In­ter­na­tional.

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