Who Says It’s Blind Faith?
Have you ever prayed to God and wondered whether He was hearing?
I’m sure we’ve all had that experience a time or two. It doesn’t feel like anything is happening or moving or even about to move. But we keep praying.
Some would consider this foolish or say it’s nothing more than ‘blind faith,’ but I’m convinced that’s not the case at all.
In this week’s chapter, Katie Davis comes to know a woman named Grace who is very sick and elderly. This woman had prayed that God would bring her visitors–not even that they would care for her or treat her illnesses–just someone to be with her for a moment.
Katie and her family turned out to be the answer to that prayer. This is what the woman said,
From Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis and Beth Clark
In all honesty, there have been times I’ve wanted to stop believing. Some things are just difficult and you want them to be over. You want dreams to die so you don’t have the pain of watching them die in new ways on a different day.
It’s not that you doubt God’s goodness necessarily, but trusting Him can be costly and uncomfortable in so many ways.
Why keep believing then?
Because I’ve seen God answer too many times in the big and small ways. My faith is built on hard evidence. It was hard fought and hard won. I have watched Him work so many impossible situations for His glory, and what I thought was the point was only the tip of the iceberg. He far surpassed everything I could have hoped for.
As Katie and Grace found out, this little answered prayer turned into a new family for this woman who had nearly given up completely. She regained strength and hope as an adoptive grandmother to her girls, eventually dying with dignity and surrounded my so much love.
He truly sets the lonely in families–He delights to do it.
That’s why I don’t believe it’s blind faith that leads me to hold on. I see the price and something within me yearns for the completion, longs for the expression of His Kingdom in the things He has called me to stand in.
I have seen such things in my own life and family and I can’t help but stand in awe. When I want to stop believing, I have to remember these times of His victory.
They not only comfort me, but press me to believe one more day.
How about you? Have you ever honestly wanted to let go, but your faith wouldn’t let you? What was the outcome? Are you in one of those situations now?
This is the part of our book club discussion for week 20 of Kisses from Katie (disclosure) by Katie Davis and Beth Clark. We are taking a sentence, paragraph, or passage that inspires, encourages, or challenges and writing about it. If you have a response on your blog, head over to my friend and co-facilitator, Sarah Salter’s blog for the widget and another great take. Whether you’ve read the chapter or not, please share your thoughts! We always appreciate a vibrant conversation.