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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,

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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.

10 Comments

  1. Well first a confession/realization… I used the wrong chapter today. Oops. :)

    God continually demonstrates His faithfulness and goodness to me through my life. The evidence of His presence and working in me and for me envelopes me in its warm embrace…

    I have grown far in faith as a result, but I am learning everyday that I have further to grow. He continues to stretch me and lead me. He continues to put me in situations which demand I let go and trust in Him to see me through to completion.

    Sometimes I still find myself clenching my fist instead of letting go. Praise God, He has not given up on me, but remains steadfast in correcting me, teaching me, and transforming me.
    Dusty Rayburn recently posted..Fresh Rain On A Parched LandMy Profile

    • Well, good thing we’re Christians around here and we HAVE to forgive you, Dusty. Otherwise, you’d be in real trouble. :)

      And amen to that. We grow, but there is always more to see and know as we grow in Him. An adventure until the end! Thanks Dusty.

  2. Oh yeah, I’ve wanted to let go. Sometimes it’s tempting to think of how easy it is for others who don’t have the burden to serve Christ, but then God opens my eyes and helps to realize they are worse off for they have no one with them. They may “appear” burden free at times, but no one is ever burden free.
    Satan whispers soft, gentle lies hoping that in a moment of weakness we will grasp onto what he is selling.
    Thank God my weakness is made perfect through the strength and blood of Christ!
    Great post.
    TC Avey recently posted..The Life of Bonhoeffer-Preparation for SeriesMy Profile

    • That is definitely the heart of it. People may look like they are ‘carefree’ but appearances are usually deceiving. The enemy wants to bait us into going our own way and suffering the consequences, but when we truly rely on the evidence at hand, we can’t help but follow Him. It’s a beautiful thing. Thanks TC.

  3. “He truly sets the lonely in families–He delights to do it.”

    Amen to that…I know He did that for me! I know that the hardest faith challenge is not in the asking (I believe He can do anything), its the trusting in His answer. That is sometimes a hard thing…even when I know He is good.

    Thanks Jason!
    Jay Cookingham recently posted..With Burning Hearts – Guest PostMy Profile

    • YES! Believing He is the God of the impossible and walking with Him as He does the impossible are two very different things. He is so good and so faithful. Grace comes to meet us as we lean into Him and His life. Thanks Jay.

  4. It’s interesting you wrote on this today. The past two days I was in that mood where I just wanted to stop believing, stop pushing forward and just quit on it all. No particular reason why, I just was tired of waiting for what I’m believing God to do.

    As you can tell, I still held on and didn’t give up. No matter how much I may want to, God and my faith won’t let me. I’m thankful for that.
    Jason Vana recently posted..Life of ChangeMy Profile

    • I’m totally with you, Jason. No Plan B. He is always faithful and trustworthy. Thanks so much.

  5. I’ve had times of burn out, but it’s usually when I’m relying on myself instead of God. Like we discussed yesterday, peace and joy come from within, where He resides, the senses betray the Truth sometimes…
    floyd recently posted..A TEST RUNMy Profile

    • Yeah, we have spiritual senses that get dull when we don’t use them. Relying on natural senses alone leads us down some broken down roads. Thanks Floyd.