Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Faith in the next 15 minutes

Hebrews 11

New King James Version (NKJV)
By Faith We Understand
 1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

I was sick with a virus this past week. For the first time ever I felt incapable of taking care of Rylyn, because I could barely take care of myself. I called my sister. She said she would be there as soon as she could and asked, "Would you like me to call before I leave?" I had told her, "No." Here is why: It is a 15 minute drive from my sister's home to mine. Provided I was not waiting for a phone call, my hope was renewed every 15 minutes. In my mind, it was only 15 more minutes until help arrived, even if it took an hour and a half. To wait 15 minutes was manageable for me. It felt as if I had to wait longer, then she was not coming.

I liken this to the verse above. I have to trust God for the things I can't see. It reminds me that He is in control.  When I trust Jesus for the things I can't see the evidence of our relationship is faith. God has been placing surprises in the lives of those I love lately. Some good, some not so good, some great. We have to trust in Him to do the miraculous. Have faith in the unseen.

A song by Delirious?, Deeper, starts off by singing, "I wanna go deeper, But I don’t know how to swimI wanna be meeker, But have you seen this old Earth?, I wanna fly higher, But these arms won’t take me there"...then by the time we reach the bridge the singer realizes it is not in his power, "It’s time to walk the path where many seem to fall, Hold me in your arms, Just like any father would, How long do we have to wait?, How long?" The voice realizes that his own strength will only take him so far, God must do the rest.

So, how long do we have to wait? For the things unseen, for unanswered prayers, for good testimony?Maybe years...but it also could be 15 minutes. Sometimes the future seems too far, but I can handle that God will be with me in the next 15 minutes and the next 15 after that.

-Aside: Although they are no longer touring, I have seen Delirious? live and when I think about how empowering their music was in that moment, it still brings me chills. I hope you enjoy the song as much as I do.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for a UTUBE anointed blast from the past. Yes, I still want to go deeper!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Especially loved the bouncing part of the video and "I want to bounce higher!"
    Faith further in and higher up.