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Hebrews 11:1 –

  • Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (KJV)
  • Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. (NIV)

 

Faith is very personal. It is not something another person can gauge. You cannot tell me I do not have enough faith or that my faith is lacking no more that I can tell you the same. We are all lacking in some respect but we cannot judge another’s faith.

 

As a young teen at our state youth conference for church, I developed a charley horse in my leg—nasty one—worst I have ever seen. Some of the leaders wanted to lay hands on me and did. Our denomination is not one that usually does this sort of thing but it happens from time to time—usually in more extreme circumstance. The charley horse did not go away and some said I did not have enough faith. Hmmm. Pocket that thought.

 

Advance about 30 years to when I began to have many problems with my AVM/losing feeling, pain, etc. A friend/lady told me that I did not have enough faith, that God only wanted the best for me and that if I believed hard enough that I would be miraculously healed—that my AVM would be gone. Hmmm. Pocket that thought.

 

Faith and belief go hand in hand, but when things do not happen like we think they should or want, someone cannot say we do not have enough faith. For one thing, they do not know our relationship with God. For another, if it is not God’s will for it to happen, “it ain’t happenin.” Well, that’s how I see things. As for the last situation, I had come to terms with my AVM years before. I had questioned why I had this thing in my body. The answer was that it was (hold on to something) a blessing—that it was there to keep me dependent on God. And, it has. I was settled with that and to know that each morning was a blessing. Each day that I am able to rise out of bed is considered a miracle to me. It makes me appreciate life so much more.

 

I tried to explain this to the lady, wanting to be nice about it, trying to salvage our friendship, but she would not listen. She insisted that I needed more faith. I was very sure of my place with God and knew that my faith was ample. I appreciate that she was thinking of me but she didn’t understand the whole picture. The AVM did not have to be “healed” to increase my faith. As for miracles…I sincerely believe in them.

 

Going back to the charley horse ordeal that embarrassed me completely since this was done in front of everyone—I was younger and probably not quite as sure of myself and my faith. Though my faith was unwavering at that point, I was not as mature as I was later–it wasn’t the reason I still had the charley horse. I think this action was showy, done possibly in the wrong attitude and not in the thought of God’s will. 

 

The trials of Job… My mom was another female Job. My father became sick. We knew he had cancer but did not know where. Finally, we discovered he had lung cancer. I had all of the faith in the world that my father would recover—I just knew God would not let him die—he had too much left to do. That wasn’t the case. But, I had faith, an enormous amount of faith. Other people had faith. It was enough. However, all of the faith in the world will not change some things. That does not mean we give up. It doesn’t mean we quit building on faith. It means that we cannot get discouraged when things do not happen like we want. We must still have faith.

 

I’ll be quite honest and tell you lately my faith has taken a beating. Go back and read the book of Job. Job cursed the day he was born (Job, chapter 3). Yes, he probably felt sorry for himself but he could not see God’s purpose any more. I am having problems doing the same when I am bombarded with trial and suffering one after the other. On the other hand, I know that I am blessed. Job would not curse God, no matter how bad it got. He never gave up faith. We cannot give up either–no matter what!

 

Faith. It IS personal and it is so important—essential. No, we will not have everything we want but we must build on faith and never lose it.

 

Happy Gardening in all of your gardens and may they be forever beautiful! 🙂

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