Today’s Reading: Mark 9:14-29
Remember, Self, that just because it feels like God is distant does not mean that He actually is distant. You may feel small and alone, drifting like wood cast upon the water without any ability to determine your way, but you are not driftwood, Self. You are made of finer stuff than the remnants of a wreck bobbing along with the current, tossed this way and then that. No, you are a planting of the Lord, rooted and ever growing, not some waste of a wreck cast out like trash to rot and decay.
The faith you want? That seasoned, aged faith with thick roots dug deep into the earth? It grows in the soil of dogged obedience to spending time with Him even when you don’t see or hear. It grows in the soil of taking Him at His Word even when His Word seems to make no sense at all. It grows in the soil of looking to Him again and again and one more time when you do not know what to do. It grows in the soil of getting low before Him and letting Him have His way with you and your life when you would rather just walk away. It grows in the soil of admitting you don’t have enough faith and asking Him to fill up all those empty places with more belief about this Eternal God Who really does love you.
Seasoned, aged faith is much like seasoned, aged love, Self. It means you have to choose Him and keep choosing Him even when He isn’t what you really want, because you made a promise to make this life with Him. Self, you need not bow to your feelings this day. You need to get low before the One Who Sees you and ask Him to help you in your unbelief.
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence indeed is the Lord.
He will be like a tree planted by water:
it sends its roots out toward a stream,
it doesn’t fear when heat comes,
and its foliage remains green.
It will not worry in a year of drought
or cease producing fruit.
Jeremiah 7:7-8, HCSB