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Faith comes in moments

Copyright 2017 by R.A. Robbins

“Our faith comes in moments . . .

yet there is a depth in those brief moments which constrains us to ascribe more                 reality to them than to all other experiences.”

 

               —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Peace in the Storm

“Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” 26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. 27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” — Matthew 8: 23-27 23  The Bible, NIV, Accessed through Bible Gateway.com

In this story we see those four little words Jesus said often during his time on Earth.  “You of little faith.” I can hear the exasperation in his voice as I read them.

I learned a lesson about trusting God in the middle of a storm in August when a major storm hit our community.  I awoke in the middle of the night to the sound of trees falling all around me and headed toward Bob’s study where he was working.  When I got to the living room the lights went out and I could hear the ominous low growl of thunder and see the flashes of lightning.  I could also tell the wind was blowing very hard still hearing trees crashing down.

It was at that point that I had my 30 second panic, screaming and crying, sure it was tornado and that we would die.  Bob finally made his way to where I was in the dark and guided me to the couch where we sat with our arms around each other and the cat on our laps riding out the storm.  As a sense of calm came over me I started singing, “blessed quietness, holy quietness…” I remember how Jesus had rebuked the storm and told our storm to “cut it out.” It finally ended and we learned it was likely not a tornado but straight line winds of 120 mph.  Although the area around us looked like a war zone we had no real damage.

If we trust in God storms will be calmed.  So when those physical storms rage around us or internal storms rage within us let us take a few deep breaths and remember the words of Jesus to his disciples, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?”

Dig a Little Deeper:  How have you experienced calm in the storm?

Healing and Faith

 

“14 When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. 15 “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. 16 I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”17 “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” 18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment.19 Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” 20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Many times we get so caught up in the divinity of Jesus that we forget that he was human in every way as well.  I can relate to the humanity of Jesus, especially when he gets really ticked off. It is a great comfort to me that Jesus also experienced frustration with the world.  In addition to the “how long shall I put up with you?” I hear something like this. I try to teach these people, but they don’t listen.  I try to show them how to live, but they don’t believe they can do it.  They could be healing people like they see me do, but they can’t because they don’t believe.  How long O Lord, am I going to have to put up with these people???

The way of life exemplified by Jesus is meant for all.  The teachings, the lifestyle, the faith, love and peace, the healings — all of it.  So why aren’t we doing it? Jesus said it over and over during his ministry. You do not believe.  You do not have the amount of faith of even a tiny mustard seed.

Somewhere along the way we lost sight of Jesus as teacher and way-shower.  Jesus became a god to be worshiped and following his way became seen as impossible.

When Jesus healed what did he say?  “Your faith has made you whole.” We have faith in education and teachers, medicine and doctors, money and those who control it.  So why can’t we have faith that the power of God can flow in and through us to bless, heal and live the way we were meant to?

The cultural indoctrination we go through that teaches us that we are powerless, limited, weak and sinful and can be very hard to overcome.  I struggle with it daily. It is important for us to remember we are God’s children, created in the image and likeness of the creator of the Universe.  We believe that we were stripped of our power and position in the family of God with the fall in the Garden of Eden. But Jesus came to remind us that there is still a better way and we can follow it if we only will.

Dig a Little Deeper:  What keeps you from being able to follow the life of Jesus?  What limits your faith?

 

 

The Harvest Will Come

Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins

The farmer has patience and trusts the process. He just has the faith and deep understanding that through his daily efforts, the harvest will come.And then one day, almost out of nowhere, it does.

Thought for Today

Copyright 2015 by R. A. Robbins

“The civil rights movement was based on faith. Many of us who were participants in this movement saw our involvement as an extension of our faith. We saw ourselves doing the work of the Almighty. Segregation and racial discrimination were not in keeping with our faith, so we had to do something.” —  John Lewis
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Thought for Today

Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins

“The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.” — Billy Graham
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