Faith. What does that word mean to you? What comes to mind when you consider it?
Growing up going to church, faith was a word that I was familiar with and could define to some degree based on what I had been taught. I could quote Hebrews 11:1 “ Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” There was definitely more head knowledge than heart knowledge. As a young person I considered it similar in meaning to the word belief. When teaching us how to share the gospel, my middle school youth pastor always told the story of Charles Blondin, a tight rope walker. Blondin crossed Niagara on a tightrope an estimated 300 times. The story my pastor told goes something like this: With spectators surrounding the area Blondin walked across Niagara, from the American side to the Canadian side, on a tightrope. The crowd erupted with applause and praise. Next he pushed a wheelbarrow back to the other side. Again a roar of cheer from the onlookers as he crossed the swift water. Wanting to make the feat even more daring, he asked the crowd “Who believes I can push a person across in this wheelbarrow?” The applause from the crowd gave a clear answer to his question. Then as he asked for a volunteer from that crowd, there was silence. Though they believed that he could do it, no one believed enough to put his life in that wheelbarrow.
My walk with God was very similar. I believed God could do anything. He is the all powerful, all knowing, creator of the Universe. But I had so much to learn about walking by faith. It has only been in the last few years that I have really begun to understand what it means to walk by “faith and not by sight”. Many years ago I told God that I trusted Him for my salvation,I believed Jesus died for my sins. However, through various circumstances and trials in my life I realized that God was asking me if I fully trusted Him with my life. Did I trust him with my relationships, my career, my identity, my hopes, my desires, my future, my possessions?
Often when we face decisions or unknowns in the journey of our lives we turn to things other than God to help us make the right decision. Sometimes we become paralyzed in moving forward, fearful that we may make a mistake. We wait for God to make the path clear before taking that step toward a decision. We want to know the end destination before setting off on our way. That isn’t faith. There are appropriate times that God asks us to wait. However there are many times He is asking us to move in a direction by faith and trust him fully when we don’t see the next step yet.
Quitting well paying secure jobs to go into part-time campus ministry staff and launch CoPassion has been that step of faith for me. We feel called to start a ministry that has never before existed and challenging for some to wrap their minds around. Many people in our culture would call us foolish. We don’t know yet what the end result is or the exact details of what life will look on the way. But there is something wildly amazing about stepping out in faith that way, seeking to rely fully on the Lord. It is such an exciting journey. My understanding of faith has moved beyond just something in my head to something I have experienced.
In what way do you need to fully put your life in God’s wheelbarrow and allow him to take you on a journey that is better than you ever imagined? Are you waiting for all of the details to be revealed or moving forward and trusting God one step at a time?