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New Goggles and a Lesson in Faith

poolLast week was Father’s Day and besides an amazing feast of a dinner, my kids got me some goggles I could use in our pool (they did a good job picking up on the hints I was throwing down).

Since I was a kid, I’ve loved swimming, and swimming underwater is my favorite. I’ve always liked to test myself by swimming from one end to the other completely under the water.

The problem is, this in-ground pool is not only large, it was resurfaced before we bought the house so there are some rough patches at different spots where you can scratch your hands or feet if you get off course. That happened to me several times before I had the goggles.

I would get close to the end but start to panic a little because I wasn’t sure where I was. It was as if the fear would take the last seconds of breath to force me to the surface.

Obviously with the goggles, I can see from one end all the way to the other. I noticed I would often get to my destination with breath to spare, and that’s when Holy Spirit spoke to my heart.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. –Hebrews 11:1

People often say that faith is blind, but it’s not true. Seeing truly is believing–you just have to see something eternal before you can believe and see it brought into the earth. It may be the conviction of things unseen on the earth, but not unseen in the heart of the Father.

Fear robs of strength to get to our destination. It blinds and panics us that we’re headed for destruction. Faith sees every step of the way and though there is still effort, as long as faith is guiding you can maintain confidence and hope.

Some argue faith is too hard, but honestly, once you see something better how hard is it to move toward it?

I put on goggles and it opened a new world that I hadn’t seen before. You put on faith and new sights, experiences, and opportunities await you.

I’m thankful for goggles. I’m more thankful for faith–the faith I feel stirring in me to move me along and the faith I know will meet me as I continue to trust in God’s unfailing love.


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4 Comments

  1. Excellent analogy between using your goggles to see clearly underwater and using your faith to see clearly in a clouded and distorted situation. I think that’s exactly what the writer of Hebrews was trying to say. Thanks for sharing!

    • Yes and thank you too, Karen! I appreciate your additions to the linkup. 🙂

  2. So true! Faith opens our eyes to God’s world in a whole new light. Enjoy the goggles, Jason, and have fun in that pool!
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    • Thanks Martha! We are having so much fun. First time we’ve ever had anything like this at our house. 🙂 Blessings to you!

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