Today is the last day of the first month of 2017!
Time flies, doesn't it? Christmas seems like it was forever ago. Life is back to 'normal' (whatever normal is) and that can be different from week to week, sometimes from day to day.
So here I am, sitting down at my dining room table as snowflakes are trying to cover my lawn and while doing my daily soul feeding I was reminded of what my husband has been teaching in church this whole month based on Hebrews 11:1,
"Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see."
Faith is a journey. A journey that is often challenged by unwanted elements along the way. At times it will hasten us to walk through peaceful trails with amazing landscapes, the sound of a calm stream and the chirping of birds. Other times we'll be nudged to embark on journeys that will take us through rough terrains. Sometimes during this journey, the view will be crisp and clear, filled with a warm sunshine and beautiful summer blue skies while the next day we may encounter a rainstorm, perhaps a snow storm, a killer cold front, and as if that wasn't enough, a heavy fog moves in and obscures the already limited view we had prior to its abrupt arrival. It is at these times when faith is the hardest to uphold because we feel breathless from the journey thus far and our vision is tired of trying to see beyond the disappointments.
Faith often fights to remain constant in our lives and rise above the elements of the broken world that surrounds us. It is in the rough terrain that our faith is tested and it is also there where it can crumble but never forget that it is here also when our faith has the capacity to break through the unexpected, the harsh, the ruthless, the inconceivable. It is when we find ourselves in this very place that we must stop at the tracks and let not our sight but our faith drive us. It is at this moment, when our vision is focused on what we CAN see, that we must fight to focus on the unseen, the things of eternal significance. This is not about ignoring the reality we face or pretending it's not there for "Faith is not something that goes against the evidence, it goes beyond it." (Allister McGrath).
So when faith seems to be at our weakest point, let's stop long enough to remember the ones that have gone before us, like those mentioned in Hebrews 11 such as Abraham, Sarah, and Noah. Those who have gone through it and whose faith remained through it all.
"The issue of faith is not so much whether we believe in God, but whether we believe the God we believe in." - RC Sproil
Sight will often deceive you but faith will never fail you. When your sight is threatening your faith remember that the one you are placing your trust in is the God that can do the impossible.
"It's what [and who] we trust in but don't yet see that keeps us going." (2 Corinthians 5:8)