There have been a lot of complaints flowing throughout Facebook this week with the arrival of the first day of Spring in Michigan as we were under a Lake Effect Snow Advisory. Poor Punxatawny Phil must have received countless death threats. I never did manage to get Joshua (3 yrs. old) to believe me that it was the first day of Spring. He kept looking outside and saying, “No, it’s not Spring. It’s Winter.”
It is amazing how what we see in the physical can make it so difficult to believe in the unseen.
As humans, we have begun to rely more and more on what we can see, hear, feel, smell, or taste. Scientifically speaking, if you can not measure something with one of these senses, then it does not exist. It all comes down to proof. Can you prove it?
If you google “What is Science?” you will find a variety of different definitions. What they all have in common is the quest for understanding and being able to organize information in a way that explains anything one might encounter. I am on board with science in many ways. I really like to understand. I REALLY like to understand. If I do not understand something, I have a hard time laying an issue to rest. However, science falls short on many issues.
For example, how can science explain the couple who has been married for years and never used protection who suddenly gets pregnant? How can science explain the couple who is “too old” to have a baby, holding a baby from her womb in their arms? How can science explain how a husband and a wife can feel so far gone in their relationship, yet find reconciliation and a happy marriage? How can science explain the ankle that is hurt that is suddenly without pain? There are far too many scenarios in life in which science can offer no understanding.
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1).
Faith. Faith means we may not always understand, or at least, we may not always be able to measure or prove something exists or will happen.
This is where my love of understanding and my circumstances often collide. Sometimes our circumstances just do not make sense. (Enter: Infertility, sickness, death, brokenness, loss, etc.) Our loved ones will offer us possible solutions and we will even try to come up with a solution that makes sense, but in the end, some times life just does not make sense…for now. So what will you do when that happens?
I can tell you what I have done in the past. I have tried to figure out what was wrong so I could fix the problem. I have complained to God about the unjustness of it all. I have complained to others, trying to get them on my side so that God would finally hear me – as if he wasn’t listening in the first place (sometimes it feel like that, but it isn’t true). I have cried. I have pouted.
On the other hand, I have also cried out to the One who sees when I do not see. I have cried out to the One who does not need faith because to him everything is laid bare (Hebrews 4:13).
God does not need faith because he sees perfectly. Faith is a gift that He gives us, to help us see better.
I am starting to realize that my physical reality and my spiritual reality are quite similar. I have had an eye doctor call me “legally blind.” Some times I feel that way spiritually as well. The times that I feel the most blind are the times that I have been staring at the physical world instead of seeing with the eyes I was meant to look through, the eyes of faith.
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).
I pray for you (and me), in whatever you are going through, that you would see with eyes that see the unseen. I pray that the God of all comfort would comfort you and strengthen you so that you you can stand firm, believing that “Spring is just around the corner.”