Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. - Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)
This morning I awoke very early. The big outside dogs were barking ferociously and I knew something was amiss. So, I grabbed my spotlight and my shotgun and walked toward the noise coming from the chicken coop. The door was open, the dogs were standing by the door looking upward and barking and there, peering down at them from the top of the enclosed coop were two fat raccoons, stymied at their attempt to get a fresh chicken breakfast. As soon as they saw me, they ran off and I secured the door. It was obviously left open by human error but those two big dogs were just doing what they do, guarding all living things that reside here, and as I walked back into the house from the cold night air, I was thinking about my blog for today.
I had no idea what I wanted to write about, so I asked God to give me a clue. And in no time it hit me. I would write about my faith. And that faith tells me that if I listen to the Spirit within me and open my heart to what it is trying to tell me, that it will lead me to understanding and believing in the Way, the Truth and the Life. It is comforting, makes it so much easier to navigate my path as I get older and it helps me continue my development on the road to eternity. And the beautiful picture above is a great representation of just what I picture, a road leading to a better place with my Creator.
The picture tells me that I am on the journey known as life and that, with my faith, I am on a path that will lead me where I want to go. It will be a place free of the pain, suffering and sins of this world and it offers a warm, inviting, joyous, loving and wondrous home at the end of the learning and preparatory phase known as life on earth. It comes from the hope and the evidence of things not seen, just like the verse says. And it requires one thing alone: faith. For faith will lead to believing, and believing is the key to the future. Believing answers the questions and the skepticism that we might naturally have by offering the evidence of things not seen. And the evidence lacks absolute proof because it requires faith. It might sound complicated but it's really quite simple and the opening of the heart will start the process in motion. Don't expect it all to come together at once, although in some cases it might, but for me it is a continuous learning process and as it all started coming together I clearly knew and understood what it means to me.
Now, we can believe anything we wish. We have free will with which to make our choices in life and those choices are things we have to live with. But isn't it a comforting thing that we also have the opportunity to have faith and believe in God, a triune God, with the opportunity it brings for Eternity. The grace and love that He has shown is unmistakable and when we remove the blindness from our eyes and the deafness from our ears we can each witness His power. Isn't it at least worth checking Him out. And it's so easy to start the process. Just open the heart to Him and let Him enter, be silent, get the earthly cobwebs out of your eyes and ears and listen. He's as near as our prayers, communion with others and His Holy Word, and it's all up to each of us. And the only thing I can add is it works for me.
Have a blessed and wonderful day.