“Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.”
It was snowing.
I gestured toward the window and told my kitties to check out what the weather was doing.
“The weather has changed again. It looks more like winter out thee than spring!”
My littles congregated at the two large windows, exclaiming at the wind-driven snow. Visibility was poor enough that the houses across the street were mere snow-coloured blurs.
Sensing my disappointment, one little declared, “But Mrs Lowes! Don’t you remember? Winter always fights back because it wants to stay. But spring always wins!”
Did I really say that?
Because it sounds kinda – well, it seems – wise!
Winter always fights back in these parts. It’s just a reality. March is a tug of war between snow storms and coffee on the terrace, and there are moments when it really seems as though old man winter will win.
All my senses say winter. The thermometer says winter. The snow outside teases winter. The wind in my ears yells winter. The frozen bits of dirty ice beneath my car laugh winter. All of the evidence put together declares that spring will never come. It seems an outright impossibility right now.
But the calendar dares to say spring.
And I need to believe the calendar.
Spring will come. The snow will melt. The air will temper. The ice will relinquish its grip so that the earth can once again grow beautiful and tasty things.
So I go by faith.
In the same way, we need to believe our calendar (er, Bible) when it says we are moved, chosen, called for a purpose. We need to trust it’s promises when it says everything works together for our good when it doesn’t look like that is possible.
The reality of what we hope for is a good and loving God working in and through us to accomplish His good and loving purposes. We need to hold on to that truth when things look bleak, when circumstances lie to us and when we are tempted to just give up the good fight.
And a fight it is.
Winter really does fight hard to hold onto the territory it stole months ago. Circumstances also fight hard to hold onto their power over us.
But the evidence we cannot see reminds us that God and His truth will overcome.
Hold onto this beautiful reality with me?
Father, remind us that You always win. Your purposes will stand. Your power will prevail. Your love conquers all. Teach us to hold onto Your precious promises when all of our senses tell us spring will never come. Amen.