Faith -Hope - Love TWO

We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us.

1 Cor 13:12

There’s this sense that there's more going on around us than we currently know; there is something out there we cannot see or touch or explain or pin down. It is like looking out to sea in a thick fog and seeing a shape of something on the water, but not being able to define it.

We try and use faith to push the blurriness of life to clear vision. It’s as if we try and corner all that we cannot explain and demand of it, by faith, to tell us what is going on. I have been in many prayer meetings and church services where we have declared and screamed (yep) and shouted by faith that things come into clarity.

But faith is not a forceful tool. So put your weapons down and learn to breathe steadily through the uncertainty.

In Judaism, faith is not the belief in certain statements, even theologies, and ideas about God. There is a huge difference between belief IN Go, and beliefs ABOUT God.

Faith is trust.

It’s what happens in between “we don’t yet see things clearly” and “We’ll see it all,” as Paul describe in 1 Corinthians 13:12.

"I believe that faith might be precisely that ability to trust the river, to trust the flow and the Lover. It is a process that we don’t have to create, coerce, or improve. We simply need to allow it to flow. That takes immense confidence in God, especially when we’re hurting. Usually, I can feel myself get panicky. I want to make things right, and right now! I lose my ability to be present, and I go up into my head and start obsessing. I try to push or even create the river—the river that is already flowing through me.

Faith does not need to push the river precisely because it is able to trust that there is a river. The river is flowing; we are in it.” Richard Rohr, Daily Meditations.

More tomorrow…

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