What My Faith Reflects
Faith shows the reality of what we hope for;
it is the evidence of things we cannot see.
My daily walk illustrates the reality of my faith. My morning devotional time is one aspect, my turning from substance abuse is another. How I respond to situations, the thoughts that permeate my mind, and the words that emerge from my lips, are all manifestations of my faith.
I know that my life is fulfilled only when my actions echo my faith in tangible, physical behaviors, as well as mindful and spiritual ways. These are the expressions I am trying to focus on every day.
I cannot see God, yet He is visible everywhere: In the petals of a flower... in the smile of a stranger… I see Him. In the paths which He is working in my life, showing me His intentions for me, “‘for I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD” (Jeremiah 29:11) … I see Him.
I am too mortal to hear God, yet I hear Him talking to me every day: In the laughter of children... in the cry of a seagull… I hear Him. When my heart is troubled and I feel powerless, He brings His Words to my mind, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). When these words bring their intended comfort… this is when I hear Him.
I am not capable of feeling God, yet His touch encompasses me: In the warmth of my bed and the soft fur of my little dog… I can feel Him. When I am burdened with anxiety and worry, His Word comes to me again and instructs me to give Him my fears, “for My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:30) … and I feel Him.
The inward expressions build me up, strengthen me, comfort me, and give me everything I need to carry on with the task He has set before me. These are proof to me of my faith. The outward expression, that which I reflect to others, is the proof of my faith to you.
The more I express my faith within myself, along with the faith I mirror to you, the more my faith shows what I am hoping for, what I cannot see, a Savior who created me, died for me, forgave me, and will one day come for me.