Enough Faith To Follow

Today, our church women gathered for a  several hour workshop with the theme,

“God’s Raining Love”

and theme verse:

“Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers righteousness on you.” Hosea 10:12

We studied about God’s love and our faith and obedience. The speaker gave several definitions of faith including:

  1. Confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing.
  2. Belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence.
  3. Loyalty to a person or thing; allegiance

The second definition is what stands out to me. I believe that there is a lot of evidence (in several fields of study) that supports the Bible, Christianity, and the fact that there is a God (to read recent debates on this subject; see the comment sections of my blogs here and here). But the reality is; we are not supposed to know all of the answers to all of life’s questions. If we did; that would mean that God would not big enough to be our God. To be completely honest; the fact that I don’t know everything is comforting. Instead, I can rest in the arms of Christ and trust that He has the answers and will guide me along the right path.

I will talk more about the workshop on another day; but for now I am going to share a poem that I wrote today during our quiet prayer time with God.

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I have sometimes questioned what I believe.

I have been a doubting Thomas who wished to see.

I have searched for answers, facts, and clues;

When searching for the truth.

The evidence for You is sometimes hard to find.

But other times I would have to be blind;

If I did not acknowledge what

Confirms by faith the Truth.

Here am I Lord; ready to do your will.

I may not understand.

I may not comprehend.

But your will for me is made complete;

Through the love You have given me.

Life

Here is a poem that I wrote in 2005…

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10

I am surrounded by a river of confusion:

Trying not to get caught up in the current,

Trying to swim against the flow of doubt,

Drowning in the whirlpool of life.

I am scared about what is coming;

Knowing that in the end it will be alright.

Whatever the outcome of the future;

I can rest in the arms of Christ.

I am amazed by the ultimate conclusion:

That trials and troubles may come to haunt me,

But I reach out for God’s hand of strength,

And He rescues me from the battles I fight.

Butterfly

I have been reading some of my old poems/journal entries. Here is one that I wrote in 2003…

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3

Sin and shame

have hidden your face.

When you look in the mirror

you see disgrace.

It seems that no one around you

can feel your pain.

But you know that it’s leaving a stain

on your heart.

It’s okay to make a cocoon.

So that God can transform you

into something brand new.

You are a butterfly;

so spread your wings and fly!

You are beautiful in God’s eyes!

The world is overwhelming

and your live is caving in.

Give your pain to Heaven

and let God make you whole…

Again!