My friend’s son lost a tooth at school last week. His teacher overheard him telling all of his second grade friends that he wasn’t going to tell his parents about the tooth. He was going to sneak it under his pillow without them knowing and then prove, once and for all, that the Tooth Fairy is not real. (Apparently this kid isn’t strapped for cash like mine are.)
Well, the teacher couldn’t stand by and let that happen so she made a call. To the Tooth Fairy, of course.
There have been times when I, like the second grade teacher, have observed a person on the brink of disbelief. I see them teetering toward faithlessness and I want to do something! So I try to reason with them. Or I try to coax them back into the fold with my kindness. Or I try to remind them of why they came to Jesus in the first place.
But you can’t force someone to believe. And while my efforts were nice, I think the second grade teacher has the right idea. She went to the source–the one who could inspire belief. She went to the Tooth Fairy, herself. Jesus is capable of far more than swapping a tooth for some coins. If someone needs convincing, He must be the one to do it.