"Only fear the LORD and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you."
~ 1 Samuel 12:24
Have you ever had a dream so real that when you awoke you had to ask yourself, "Was this real?" Lately it seems that when I sleep I have been encountering dreams like these.
I sometimes feel the same way about faith.
While we know that faith is believing in things we cannot see, the experience of the dreams I have had lately seem to model that faith as well. The difference? When I wake up I tell myself, "It was only a dream."
When something happens that expands or changes my perspective on faith I say, "It is God."
I remember a woman I met once at a cancer clinic who was sharing with me the odds she had been given to "beat this cancer." As she shared that she only had a "one in three chance of surviving," she finished with, "You know, the kind of odds that tests your faith, and God loves."
For any of us, we do have life experiences that cause our faith to go through many things. Our most challenging moments bring us opportunities for growth in many ways. Our growing and maturing faith is among the greatest of these when the situation seems to be the most difficult. The faith of Christ, although challenged by the human condition, by the end, had enough faith to declare, "Into Your hands I commend my spirit."
For any of us, to trust in God means that we are expanding our faith. When we learn to trust God for all things, then we begin to fully realize the capacity of our faith, and the relationship that God hopes to have with each of us.
"Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto Thee..."
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2018
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.