Do you believe in the Tooth Fairy?

This was a strange conversation for me to behaving with my daughter. To give you a bit of context, I grew up in Lagos, Nigeria and the only times I heard about tooth fairies were in books and movies. It seemed ridiculous to me at the time that anyone would believe they existed. I have this memory of my dad handing me some money when I lost a tooth, no need for the tooth fairy. Lose a tooth and get paid by daddy.
I’m not against the fantasy of the tooth fairy and I believe that the faith that children have for these real or made-up characters is extraordinary. I say real because I don’t know if they really exist but one thing is for sure, the tooth fairy is not the one leaving money under my child’s pillow.
I sat next to my 7 year old daughter on her bed last night. She had just lost a tooth and was wrapping it in tissue to make it easy for the tooth fairy to find.
“Do you believe the tooth fairy is real?” I asked.
“I don’t know,” she replied. “I think you and daddy sneak the money under my pillow at night and take my tooth. Sometimes you leave £1 and sometimes £2.”
“But why do you think that?”
“Because I’ve never seen the tooth fairy and I just don’t believe it’s her leaving the money.”
She proceeded to place the tooth under her pillow.
I watched her and I wondered to myself why she didn’t just hand the tooth over to me or her dad. If the tooth fairy doesn’t exist, what is the point of leaving the tooth under her pillow?
We talked some more and I noticed that she kept referring to this tooth fairy that she doesn’t believe actually exists. And I thought: what if a part of her believes that the tooth fairy is real? In her head, and using rational logic, she does not believe that the tooth fairy can exist in the world she lives in. A world with no magic (we watch a lot of ‘My little pony’ and the parallel universe [the world with  humans] is supposed to be devoid of magic).
It wasn’t until the next morning, while I was pouring milk over my cereal that the irony struck me.
If a stranger walked up to you and asks you if Jesus is real, you would say yes, right? Because you’ve been programmed to believe that Jesus is real. You’ve never seen him, but you do the things you’ve been programmed to do when you believe Jesus is real: you go to church, follow the commandments, study the scriptures, and pay your tithes. But outside the programming, sometimes we live our lives as if Jesus were indeed a fairy tale.
Jesus said in Matthew 6: 25-27 and 33-34(NIV)
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?…But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Yet we lug our worries and stress around each day, we tie it around our necks and act like there is no hope.
And in Matthew 7: 7 (NIV)
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
Sometimes he answers immediately, sometimes he does it in his own time, but I believe he hears every prayer. Just because you haven’t received your request doesn’t mean it’s not on its way. It doesn’t mean he hasn’t heard you and it certainly doesn’t mean he doesn’t exist.
All you have to do is believe. All you have to do is call out his name.
When I was a teenager, it amazed me how quickly my prayers were answered, it was almost like magic. I’ve lost that childlike faith but I yearn for it so much.
Do you believe in Jesus? Do you believe he can save you? Do you believe? Do you? Really? Then won’t it just be so cool to act like it.
“One time, the tooth fairy left me £2 but she forgot to take my tooth.” My daughter said as she settled her head into her bed.
“Ah, the tooth fairy is getting sloppy.”
“Maybe she was tired and it was too heavy for her to carry.” Said my beautiful child, who had just professed a few moments ago the she didn’t believe in the tooth fairy.
“Yes, she is a very busy lady.” I replied with a smile as I tucked her into bed. In my head, I was hoping I had a £1 or £2 coin I could slip under her pillow while she slept.
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