Day 38 Faith Walk April 7, 2020 11:49

 

As I write this long overdo post, I can't help but feel a bit repetitious in my blogging about faith. But as I reflect on this intriguing and sometimes riveting topic I realize that my entire life, if accurately assessed is about that one thing. Faith.

On this morning's walk some first familiar words following "Good Morning Lord", were walk by faith not by sight and then the nudging knowledge of His reminder of the definition of faith.

 Faith is being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see.

There is so much I have hoped for in this life. And even more I'm hoping for in the future. And as I reflect on what I have already hoped for I realize faith is real- it can be trusted- God can be trusted. Not because everything has turned out the way I've hoped it would, although many things have, but because when I look back I can see his hand in it all.

And for the things I can't see his fingerprints on- yet?

If I choose not to be sure of what I hope for?

What would the alternative be?

To not hope at all. No hope at all???

I think perhaps the times in my life where I made the choice to not hope at all (and I have made that choice on several occasions) was to avoid disappointment. If I have no hope for _____fill in the blank, then I won't be disappointed. But what about all of thee other emotions that come with being hopeless?  Anxious, worried, sad, afraid, insecure, angry, offended, and the list continues for miles.

But here's the flip side. If I decide to hope, then I can be sure of what I do not see! And disappointment and all of the other awful emotions are replaced by it.  BUT in order to acquire it, (hope) I must suffer some. And today, today, today I choose to be good with it.

Tomorrow I may need another reminder. Wink.

 "And suffering produces perseverance and perseverance produces character and character produces hope. And hope does not disappoint us because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us." Romans 5:4