What do you have faith in?
You might respond immediately that you are not a religious person and don’t exercise faith or believe it is necessary.
I would beg to differ with you. I think we all have faith in something. A small example is your belief that when you turn the key in your vehicles ignition it will start and you will be able to get where you want to go. Most people are not aware of what actually happens under the hood of their vehicle. But they have faith it will do what it is supposed to. Anyone who has had or is having vehicle problems will tell you how much we take that for granted!! In many little things we exercise faith. We don’t actually see how our emails make it to someone’s inbox, we just hit send and believe it will happen! But what about the bigger things?
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for,
the conviction of things not seen.Hebrews 11:1 (ESV)
As I read this morning I came upon this verse in the bible and because of the translation I am reading it struck me in a new light. The phrase “assurance of things hoped for” made me stop and think about what I am hoping for in the year ahead. Do I feel certain that I am hoping for things that can happen? We’ve all hoped to win the lottery or the raffle or the contest we entered. Do we have assurance that we will win… nope… just a wistful longing. That is different than hope!
So what do you hope for? I hope that the coming year is filled with peace and security for those that live under my roof. I hope that we continue becoming people who bless those around us. I hope that I am still able to do the things I love with the people I love.
Some of those things I can be assured of because there are actions I can take to see them through. But I can’t guarantee any of them! Life has a way of taking you on some twists and turns that can derail your plans. Faith comes into play as I chose to believe that there is a God who cares about my life and has a plan that ultimately is good. For me, faith rests in the person of Jesus. In spite of the challenges life has thrown our way that faith has held for us.
Which leads to my convictions. I am convinced that we are more than physical beings. We have a spiritual component. If we put so much time and effort into looking after our physical person, and more recently mental and emotional health are also being highlighted as critical to our well being, it then begs the question “What about our spiritual health?”
To focus all of our attention on only one part of our person is the equivalent of drinking only water in an effort to reach optimal hydration expecting that it will give us perfect health in the absence of other things. We all would acknowledge that is faulty thinking and yet many people are pursuing physical fitness at all costs while their emotional health is in shambles. I don’t think we grow as people unless we look after every aspect of our being continuously! I am convinced this is true even though I have not seen with my eyes the God I believe in!
I have to say that there is a lot of stuff I don’t know yet! I haven’t got it all figured out. What I believe now is different from what I believed 20 years ago. Life takes you on a journey that opens up your understanding of many things. I can tell you many stories about the evidence I have seen that the spiritual realm is just as real as the physical realm. Those convictions have shaped a lot of how I live my life! For me, faith has been an anchor, and the pursuit of understanding the spiritual has been ongoing. I don’t have it all figured out yet!
So I will ask again, what do you have faith in?
What guides your moral decisions? What motivates you to be the person you are, and at the end of a bad day when nothing goes your way, what holds you and assures you of your value? If you’re coming up with a blank on those questions you might benefit from doing a little exploring to see if your spiritual side needs some attention!
As we have navigated this journey of fostering we have been given a sacred trust. As the other mother heals and finds a new path forward we love her children and keep them safe. I have faith that this is the right thing to do and I hope that it will have a positive outcome for all who are involved in this process. We will take the actions that we can to see that happen and trust that there are things happening beyond what we see on behalf of this precious family.
Our faith and understanding of the spiritual has been an anchor for us in this journey.
In the midst of the mess