heart-planting// it takes time and darkness, too
get caught up on this series:
this week's post is a bit more eye-opening than it is encouraging and inspiring, at least in my opinion. where the first three steps to growing our faith are directional and action-oriented, this week's step is more about letting all of that work now sit sort of motionless, and to begin relying on time. this is the testing and deepening phase of planting your faith.
today i'm going to talk about how faith "happens" at times when we wouldn't expect it to
our faith grows in the most deep, quiet and unseen places
just as a seed begins to sprout underground, long before its delicate stems emerge for the eye to see, our faith also grows in a deeper place.
the Bible is full of stories of things happening behind-the-scenes, in times of pain and through spans of silence. for example; Jesus often went away from the disciples and found solitude before praying. David fasted while his first son fell ill and died. the Israelites spent decades in a desert, waiting on the Lord.
we, too, spend time alone and without; waiting.
waiting is important because, if faith were something we were granted in full the moment we accepted Christ, we wouldn't only lack appreciation but also awareness of that faith.
think about it:
instead of placing faith into our hearts, God allowed us a longing.
rather than satisfying that longing, He makes us use it each day.
and so, waiting is also important because it drives us to rely on Him, constantly. where society may look at our lives as unsuccessful or unfulfilled in a certain area, we can know that God is at work there and we are simply waiting for our time to shine.
when we decide to plant faith and begin to live a life for God, we are at the mercy of the great waiting period. He can act in such a way that He never leaves us with another question, but it is not only about us. His Kingdom is completely woven together, one life to many, and He spends a divine amount of time with us all. it's this omnipresence of our King that many find too difficult to understand. the wait we experience in our realm is not what God delivers in His. He is working on us all at the very same time, though it feels much different to us. He is outside of time, and so, our views of time are distorted.
what is for sure is:
1. He will answer us when we call to Him.
"Call to me and I will answer you
and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know."
2. He promises to finish what He starts
"being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you
will carry it on to completionuntil the day of Christ Jesus."
3. He promises this for those who believe in Him
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,
who have been called according to his purpose."
no one can just sit underground and watch a seed begin to sprout. the process has been successful so many times though that people simply plant seeds, add water and sunlight, and then they wait. in fact, people plant at certain times of the year to accommodate the waiting period.
if we could apply the same thought-process to waiting out our faith, we would witness a bloom like never before. no we cannot predict how and when their faith will blossom in this way, but in believing He is at work for us, the wait is carried out with certainty that it will yield a harvest.
are you in a waiting period over anything?
if so, what are you doing to remind yourself
that God is at work even during this time of stillness?