Stained Glass

As we peer through the stained glass window of disappointment, what often follows is our interpretation of life, followed by our faith.  Based upon the light bleeding through the glass we can form an opinion about what might exist beyond the confusion, but what we really want is clarity.  Questions like this hardly seem worthwhile to ponder unless of course you find yourself on one side trying to interpret what’s on the other.

As a follower of Christ, it is moments like this that can shake you down and crush you or serve as a stepping stone to another level of faith.  Hebrews 11:1 (AMP) says, “Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].

I have personally found that the length of time spent behind disappointment stained windows will directly impact the ability to continue “perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses”.  In other words, the longer clarity is hidden from view the more difficult it is to confidently stand there and believe.

We have all found ourselves standing here, to one degree or the other, wishing we could see through to the other side.  Where do we go from here God?  We have prayed, fasted, believed, begged, pleaded, rebuked, got angry, and cried all of our tears, but what do we do now God?  Where do we go when we know there’s more to know, but yet we don’t?  Without the key ingredients of faith and trust in an ever present God, what follows is fear, anxiety, and frustration.

In times like these, it is paramount to remember [talking to myself] that we serve a good God who has His children’s best interest in mind.  He longs for us to simply trust Him with the faith of a child.  Yet in our busyness, distraction, and inability to see what is on the other side of that glass, we forget that He is always on both sides.  Jesus said in John 14:1, “DO NOT let your hearts be troubled (distressed, agitated). You believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely on God; believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely also on Me.”

Let us shake our fear, frustration, and anxiety.  Let us choose to believe [Him], adhere to [Him], trust [Him], rely [on Him].  Our steps are ordered.  Sometimes we should ignore the fear that surrounds the step and just take one, knowing our footing is as firm as the Rock of Ages.  It’s easier said than done.  Trust me.  But that is where growth happens. It is where we learn that even if the clarity of our situation is not revealed, what is clear is that God can be trusted.