Seeing is Believing…or is It?

2 comments Posted on March 28, 2014

Connie Mannby Connie Mann

One of the best things about my job as a boat captain is introducing excited fifth graders to the cool kritters that live along the banks of the Silver River. Even though nature abounds in our Florida county, many of these students have never been on a boat, have never seen a wild alligator.

Often, as I ease the pontoon boat alongside one of these large reptiles, someone blurts out, “Is that real? He looks fake.” We assure everyone we didn’t go out early that morning and set out fake gators. This isn’t Disney, either, so there are no animatronics.

Still, some of the students remain skeptical, and it shows in their faces.


By the time they’ve seen a few more alligators and have watched a great blue heron spread its six-foot wingspan and take flight, they’re believers. But I often wonder how much they missed because of their doubt.

It also makes me wonder how much I miss, spiritually. Sometimes I ask God for a specific answer to prayer, and when He clearly delivers, I squint my eyes and ask, “Was that you, God?”

Angel FallsThese days, when I see a gator snoozing along the riverbanks, I try to remember to see with my heart, too.

Connie Mann loves variety and stories of second chances. She is the author of Angel Falls, a romantic suspense, and offers encouragement to fellow dream-chasers at As a USCG-licensed boat captain, she also gets to spend time on the water with local school children and her fabulous family.


  • 03/28/2014
    Jan Jackson said:

    Great post, Connie. Really made me think. Belief is such an integral part of our spiritual life. Your post led me to one particular verse: And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. – Matthew 21:22

  • 04/02/2014
    Connie Mann said:

    Thanks for the reminder of another great verse, Jan! Belief is such a foundation, and sometimes, so elusive, but oh the wonderful things on the other side of fear!


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