Wouldn't it be great if FAITH were a tangible thing? I would like to open up a little square of faith and pop it in my mouth like a sweet Starburst Candy square. On particularly tough days, when it is hard to carry on with faith, I could gobble up a whole package. To hold faith in my hand, and know that it is going to do its' work...that would be lovely.
Instead, FAITH is more like an ultra-super-fine spritz of cologne that has no aroma at all. You know you have applied it...but there is no discernible evidence. You have to have faith that you have faith. What kind of system is this anyway?
I believe...have faith that God is good. But I am still confused about some things.
I have faith that God is with me always. But I still feel very alone at times.
I have faith that God is a protector. But stuff still happens, doesn't it?
If only that little square of faith-candy was available so I could chew it up and I could say that I am full of faith. That faith is in me. That I am faith-full.
And then there is that staple of the faith verses that is already running through your head right now...Hebrews 11:1
Um, the King James Bible Version of this verse is beautiful...but it also sounds like one of Gollum's sneaky little riddles. What?
On the other hand, this English Standard Version clarifies it a bit better for me...a little bit.
Hope and trust are sometimes interchanged with the word faith...maybe hope and trust can be braided in with faith. Hope says that we know what we want and what we desire to happen. Trust says that we think that it WILL happen and we are just waiting in faith. That chunky little braid can be a life-saver sometimes.
FAITH has an element of not-knowing in it, doesn't it? We know things and we have faith for things. Here is a fun twisty-turny thought about faith......If we really, really KNOW a thing, we do not NEED faith for it, do we?
Faith is required in the moments of not knowing. I have to chew on a little fruity square of faith when I just do not get it at all. Do not understand what is happening. I did not need faith to sit down on my couch this morning and begin this tapping to you. I know that my couch will hold me securely. It will not suddenly disintegrate beneath me. Faith is not a requirement for trusting my couch to hold me.
But I DO require faith for the parts of life that I am confused about. The sections of life that do not make sense in the obvious realm. Faith has to be engaged when I talk to God...or to think that I might actually hear Him sometimes.
Faith is needed when I wonder about my future, my home, my family and my bank account. When I read the world news and pray about the injustice of it all...faith-trust-hope are braided together in a longing for peace and a why-can't-we-all-just-get-along?-kind of question.
I KNOW that God is real...and good...and full of grace for ALL of us. I have no doubts about those truths in my life. But I do require faith to rest in those truths. Aah, this is the hard part of faith! Maybe the ENGAGING of our faith is all about the RESTING aspect. Resting in this sense is an active word...not a lazy whatever-will-be-will-be kind of word.
So here is where I am landing this morning. I will pop a sweet and tangy little square of faith into my mouth and trust that it is stronger than a spritz of unscented cologne. I already KNOW that my God is good, so my hope and trust will be proven in my ability to rest...to have faith...to be full of faith...to be faithful.
I am also trusting that this little post of thinking aloud in front of you is not confusing to you. Your mind goes in circles like this too, right? Right? I am munching on a whole pack of faith-candies today, so we can just blame it on a sugar-high I suppose.
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