FAITH

where there is FAITH, there is HOPE

Today we have many questions, concerns, confusion, and yes, some fear. Why is this happening to our community, our state, our nation, and our world? How did we get to this place? Many things we would like explained to us, because, well…we deserve answers. Don’t we?

What if you have been praying for this situation at hand, or even another, and you haven’t received your answer from God? Does that mean He didn’t listen to you? Does it mean He is incapable? What if you never get a response? (That you are aware of anyway.) Do you walk away from God and travel down your own path? Do you kiss your FAITH goodbye?

I did that. I walked away several years ago. I got mad at God and let my anger separate me from Him. I didn’t have answers. I felt only silence. But listen closely to me. He did not leave me. Ever. I walked away from Him.

my rocky path

As I look in the rear view mirror, I see that He’s been with me every step of the way. Granted, He did not allow my steps to be easy. I needed the path to be rough and rocky because lessons are learned when times are the hardest. I had to change my heart. And I had to depend upon FAITH in order to move forward.

FAITH that God is listening even when He appears to be silent. FAITH that His timing is best. FAITH that He still loves us even when we throw a tantrum. FAITH is knowing that He has the power to fix any issue immediately if He so chooses. And FAITH is believing…even when He doesn’t.

“But even if you don’t, my hope is You alone.”
– MercyMe

There is a song called “Even If” and it’s is probably my favorite right now. It describes this very thing of having FAITH even if God chooses not to respond. I know there are people who do not have FAITH and who wonder why we do. I’m not sure quite how to respond to that except that I cannot imagine a life without God. You see, the pieces of that puzzle fit together quite nicely. I’ve seen His placement of things in my life. I see how the Bible is history. Proven history found in the Holy Lands. I admire His handy work every morning in the eastern sky on my way to work. I see Him in people and situations throughout my day, and in every bit of nature. I cannot believe that everything here is by chance, that this is all there is, and there’s nothing left after death. How empty I would be if I didn’t have hope.

Faith…
I believe.
Even when He’s silent.

The Bible says to “pray without ceasing”. Let Him work things out in His own time. Be patient with the silence. Often He is working behind the scene. Our world is in a place we’ve never been before, but know that He has not left us. Focus on doing your part and strengthening your FAITH.

“Do your best and forget the rest.” – Tony Horton. Give the rest to God.

“EVEN IF”
– MercyMe

They say sometimes you win some
Sometimes you lose some
And right now
Right now I’m losing bad

I’ve stood on this stage
Night after night
Reminding the broken
It’ll be alright
But right now
Oh right now I just can’t

It’s easy to sing
When there’s nothing to bring me down
But what will I say
When I’m held to the flame
Like I am right now

I know You’re able
And I know You can
Save through the fire
With Your mighty hand
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone

They say it only takes a little faith
To move a mountain
Good thing
A little faith is all I have right now

But God when You choose
To leave mountains unmovable
Give me the strength
To be able to sing
It is well with my soul

I know You’re able
And I know You can
Save through the fire
With Your mighty hand
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone

I know the sorrow
I know the hurt
Would all go away
If You’d just say the word
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone

You’ve been faithful
You’ve been good
All of my days
Jesus, I will cling to You
Come what may
‘Cause I know You’re able

I know You can
I know You’re able
And I know You can
Save through the fire
With Your mighty hand
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone

I know the sorrow
I know the hurt
Would all go away
If You’d just say the word
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone
It is well with my soul
It is well
It is well with my soul

Copyright:
Writers: Bart Millard, Crystal Lewis, Tim Timmons, David Garcia, Ben Glover

Thank you sharing this coffee time with me. I hope you are all well and learn something good from this most difficult time. We still have much to be grateful for. ♥️

Andi

Grandpa, Mattea, Zeke

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