Monday, July 26, 2010

God in a Frog

The outpouring of prayer for Sam’s family has been so tremendous that I needed to share this follow up.

Many years ago Sam’s parents were given this frog statuary.

While frogs are hardly the most beautiful of God’s creation, Jeff and Erin quickly came to love them because of their special meaning. Fully Rely on God.

In today’s culture, relying on Christ should feel our greatest gift but, oftentimes, it runs contrary to our fleshly nature. We live in a society where timeliness and answers are expected and to rely on Christ is to lay down our worldly ways in favor of trusting a God whose plans we cannot foresee and ways we may not understand. Challenging….and a choice we must make each day, minute to minute.

Confident that Christ’s love would supply an endless spring of hope, promise, and energy for their days, Jeff and Erin chose to fill their lives with this visible animal reminder. Frogs decorated Sam’s blanket and pillow. Cards, scrapbook pages, and multiple other items featured cute little cartoon frogs that portrayed powerful purpose. And, adorable frog posters filled Sam’s room with warmth.

When Sam passed away Thursday night, Jeff and Erin rejoiced knowing that Sam was healed and set free of earthly limitations through the promise of Heaven. However, as they anticipated moving forward, they couldn’t help but wonder, Now what? Do you see me right now, Lord?

With these questions swirling through their minds, we started packing up Sam’s room. Once enough was gathered for a trip out to the vehicle, Jeff opened the door and this little guy was right there to greet him, filling them once again with hope, promise, and energy for the future.

Isn’t God AMAZING?!

St. Augustine once said, “God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.” This frog was not happenstance. It was affirmation from an intimate Lord who knows the number of hairs on our heads (Luke 12:7) that He saw them, knows how they are feeling, and will help them in the days to come.

And He does the same for you. No matter what you are going through today, you are NOT alone. The God of the Universe will make His presence known (in a way unique to your relationship with Him) and guide you through whatever personal experience you face. All you have to do is look outside yourself and Fully Rely on God.

Shared at A Holy Experience


  1. Oh man.
    I'm so sorry for their loss.

    Thank you so much for an update, and the encouragement.

    I sometimes think, you know when you see those little reminders that it's somehow God, but just letting us see this or that, that He loves us, but when you said, "It was affirmation from an intimate Lord who knows the number of hairs on our heads"...I knew.

    It is much more than God reminding is God LOVING us.

    thank you so much.

  2. Melissa,
    That was such a beautiful expression of God's love and His personal touch in our lives. I'm so thankful they see His presence through this...even in a frog. WOW!

    Thanks for sharing this and for allowing their faith to strengthen ours.

  3. Wow! I have goosebumps and tears in my eyes. How incredible our God is!! He never ceases to AMAZE. Sam touched the lives of so many and will not be forgotten.

    What a beautiful reminder of God's love.

  4. That is truly an incredible story of God's intimate love. Thanks for sharing it. I think I"ll pray for a frog in my path today!! Praying for you and Sam's family. I know this must be so hard yet bitter sweet knowing He is with Jesus.

    Hugs, Renee

  5. an amazing story - thank you for sharing.


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