Faith sees what your physical eyes can never see;
Faith knows what your natural mind can never comprehend;
Faith possesses what your physical arms can never hold.
Faith says “yes” to everything God declares to be true;
Faith stands upon everything God says is certain,
it leans upon everything God says is unmovable,
and it counts upon everything God says will come to pass.
– Corrie Ten Boom
I’m a realist. I love things to be concrete and logical. I like clean endings and for stuff to make sense. When I ask “why”, I want there to be an answer, and the quicker the better.
It’s hard being me… most of the time.
Life doesn’t always make sense. Sometimes God doesn’t even make sense, at least to my inner Spock.
As kids, the one answer we NEVER wanted to hear from our parents was, “Because I told you so.” We DESERVE an explanation! (Insert insane amounts of self-righteousness here.) Maybe sometimes our parents said that because they just didn’t want to talk about it anymore, but maybe they said it because they knew that we weren’t going to understand what was happening right now, but in the end, it would all work out if we trusted that they knew more than us.
I think that’s what faith is. It’s not a blind thing. It’s not wishful thinking. It’s not saying all the right words in just the right order and the Great Heavenly Genie will give you all the things you ever wanted in your whole life. Faith is the result of a relationship with God. Knowing who he is. Understanding that he’s smarter than us. Knowing that he is working out something bigger than we can understand right now. Faith is trust in someone you know loves you and has your best interests at heart, even when the process of getting there is painful.
Through the painful and confusing, our comfort is that God doesn’t expect us to do it on our own. While Jesus talked with his disciples for the last time before his crucifixion in the upper room, he doesn’t sugar coat the trouble that is coming. Jesus is a realist about the danger and persecution that the disciples will face, but the good news comes in John 16:33 where Jesus says,
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (emphasis mine)
Not “IF you have trouble” but WHEN. Hope in the midst of reality. Jesus acknowledges that life is hard and confusing sometimes. Things aren’t always going to make sense, but that’s okay. He’s bigger than all of that. His truth transcends all of that. There’s bigger meaning and a bigger plan beyond all of what the immediate circumstances say.
Romans 8:28 tells us, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. (NLT)” All the stuff in your life has meaning. The good stuff. The bad stuff. The weird stuff. All the stuff is working toward a bigger purpose in your life. A good purpose.
Trust the process. Trust God. Because he said so.