So, the glass on the table in front of my husband is half-empty but he doesn’t see it that way. He never has. It’s filled half way due to becoming a new dialysis patient who must limit fluids and life. I guess we’re limited only by the way we view every situation – even when our body betrays us.
A few weeks turned a no-hope diagnosis into one of hope. We pray and believe for a miracle and then we see one and we’re almost tempted to doubt that it really happened. Ever done this? Some are still surprised that he remains in the land of the living.
Tripping over ways to explain it away we walk with one foot in faith and the other in doubt. I ask, was he really that desperate and sick? And I answer, when organs fail you’re that sick. When doctors stand at the foot of your bed decorated with oxygen, monitors, life sustaining equipment and declare “there is no more to be done” you know that it is simply a powerful God who brings you through.
Sometimes reality smacks between the eyes of faith if we fail to believe to see what reality turns out to be.
Faith is not believing something in spite of the evidence if we look past what we see.
I believe the best of us struggle in the sacred margin of faith and doubt when we face critical times. Abraham is a good example of a man of faith who had to at least wonder as he made the trek up the twisted path to Mt Moriah to sacrifice his only son. The one reckoned righteous had the faith to obey and the faith to let go. And the chosen one, father Abraham said “we” will return . . .
Faith can drive us straight into the deep of God’s promises. We can rest in the thicket waiting for the ram.
And then, the misunderstood disciple whose name comes with a prefix . . . doubting Thomas. Jesus didn’t shame him for wanting to touch His wounded side. Instead He encouraged him to a higher faith level because it revealed where Thomas’ heart had been all along. I love Thomas.
The Lord comes near for us to lay our doubts within His holy wounds and experience the healing He offers . . . no matter how impossible it seems for you or for me.
For those with faith no explanation is necessary.
For those without no explanation is possible.