Earlier this morning, I read a blog entitled: Holding Onto Faith written by Stephanie Johnschafer (@Sjschafer). As I read the blog, I remembered a story my mother used to sometimes tell when she was doing children's services. The story was about a little girl who lived in a house with a cellar which you had to enter by either using a ladder or you had to jump down into it.
As the child peered into the dark hole, she knew her daddy was down there... somewhere. She called out for him and he answered her, telling her to come down and join him. She did not see a ladder and asked him how she was to get down to where he was. He told her to jump. Jump?
"But Daddy, I can't see you!"
"That's all right, I can see you. Jump and I will catch you."
The girl hesitated for a moment. It was so very dark down there. She strained her eyes trying to see her daddy but she couldn't. Once again, he encouraged her to jump. She took a deep breath and jumped... right into her daddy's arms.
We want to "see" God in advance and call it "faith" but that's not the way it works. Sometimes God heals the disease immediately, sometimes He provides the job the second we lose one, sometimes He restores the marriage right now, sometimes the wandering child returns home immediately... sometimes. There are other times when we find ourselves in a free fall in the darkness. We don't know where God is or why He appears to be silent. This is when we must walk by faith and not by sight. We must accept that even though we don't understand the whys, we will trust God regardless. Things may not look good at the moment but we will stand upon God's promises anyway and know that regardless of our circumstances God has us in His hands... and He will never let us go.
You O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. Psalm. 18:28
Well selected and written image, K, of the little girl's jump mirroring what our faith should be like. The upstairs of the home is our everyday lives; the darkness is the mystery of God's ways; peering into the dark hole is her God given desire for togetherness with the Lord; the call out is her prayer; the father's answer is the Holy Spirit speaking to her; her hesitation is the unspiritual portion of her life; straining her eyes is searching for alternatives to Jesus; her decision to jump is her conversion to Christianity; her jump is a life well lived; being caught is her arrival in heaven. Or something like that. - bibleguy64
Thanks K... just the message I needed today!
Blessings and grace... Vince