Saturday, 28 July 2012

Real Faith is Hard

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, rely not on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge Him and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3: 5-6

Life is not easy. In this day and age there are enough problems, stresses and insecurities to give anyone a heart attack.

There are a lot of people who say they believe, but do they really believe? It is easy to get comforted to apathy, going on day after day, hoping for a better future, while being comfortable in the present moment. The reality is, having true Faith is hard. It requires constant uncertainty of all things save an unwavering faith in the providence of God.

I would go so far as to say that people who claim to not believe in God, haven't really tried, in fact I would say that they are too lazy to try. Instead they get all caught up intellectualizing in circles without really engaging in a real search for the truth.

There is a story about St. Augustine and his quest to understand the Trinity. While he was pondering the mystery of the Triune God, he came across a boy who was trying to fit the ocean in a tiny little hole on the beach. “Silly boy, “ says St. Augustine, “how do you expect to fit the ocean into that tiny little hole?” to which the boy (who was really an angel in disguise) says, "What I am trying to do is not as foolish as you....for trying to fit the mystery of the Trinity into your tiny little brain!”

Real faith requires commitment. It requires an unwavering resolve to follow the path that makes the least amount of sense. It requires stepping out of the comfort zone and running on water with your eyes focused on the Lord. Because as soon as you take your eyes of the Lord, you place your eyes on the storm. When you take your eyes off the Lord you begin to sink...and you cry out, “Lord, save me!”

If you have been following this blog over the last year you would know that I am only writing what I have been up a stable career in teaching to follow a prompting (from the One and only) and what a year it has been! I wish I could tell you where it is going to end up, but really, life for me right now makes as much sense as jumping out of a boat in the middle of a storm...but I take comfort in the fact that God lives up to His promises.

Jesus! I trust in You.


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