“When Susan, a friend from church, asked if I’d go with her to the children’s hospital to drop off some storybooks she’d collected, I quickly said yes. I loved her heart, I truly did. But what did give me slight pause was her garish wardrobe. Susan loved to wear her faith like a banner with bold T-shirts saying things like ‘Jesus Rocks!’ and ‘Got Prayer?’ that caused people to give us strange, uncomfortable looks. I know it’s shallow of me to worry about her clothes, and we should be spreading God’s light, but I just didn’t believe the way to do it was to wear it on your chest like a cheap advertisement.
“Before Susan came to pick me up, I felt edgy. Lord, please let her dress normally today! But He decided not to answer that prayer…Susan ended up wearing a doozy: a shirt with a huge frog on the front and the bold letters reading FROG—Fully Rely On God. As we entered the hospital lobby I dragged a bit behind, when suddenly a young woman walked up to Susan in tears. She explained her 5-year-old son was having major surgery and she’d prayed for a sign he’d be okay. ‘He loves frogs and has his stuffed frog, Ribbit, in his hospital bed,’ she explained. ‘Your shirt was just the sign I needed.’ They hugged and I burst into a tearful smile, seeing God work in a way I never expected. Whether faith is as quiet as a whisper or as bold as a billboard, He always reaches those who need Him.
“On our way out I threw my arm around Susan, and when she asked if I’d like to go to lunch, I immediately accepted. ‘You are incredible and I really admire your style,’ I stated, the statement surprisingly true. ‘Can you get me a shirt like that?’”
—Monica Evans, 55, Nashville