The assignment was given – and I was excited. I would be able to write about someone I had admired for years. I had this one! Until I started the research - only to find that the hero – was just a legend. History had been rewritten and retold to make it sound better than it was, the man bigger than he was.
I felt deceived. Disappointed.
But what happens, though, when it’s not a historical figure – but faith itself?
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*When the “No evil shall befall thee”…. Has to be reconciled with the fact that someone’s evil heart has stolen away something that can never be returned?
*When the “host that is encamped against me” doesn’t fall - but prospers?
*When the “delivery from the pestilence” phrase seems to mock as you hear your children coughing in their beds - the flu virus hitting harder and lingering longer than you ever thought possible?
*When the cancer you were sure would be healed – has lingered and hospice has been called?
Have you ever been at the point where you question in your heart… “Maybe, just maybe, it’s not true”?
What do you do when your faith matches John the Baptist’s? He found himself stuck in a prison, having preached to the crowds that Jesus was the Messiah , only to find himself – day after day - locked up; without any hope of release (or even a possible rescue from the One he had been sure was THE ONE). With each passing day, the thought grew - “Somehow, I got it wrong”. “Somehow, there’s been a mistake”.
What happens when - in regards to your faith - it appears you've misunderstood, misinterpreted, or made a huge mistake?
John sincerely, and in utter desperation, sent his disciples to ask the question that he had been mulling over day after day – night after night:
It was Jesus’ simple answered that has touched my heart in times of deep discouragement and doubt: “Come unto me…. And I will give you rest.”
When our faith is gone - Christ Himself is the answer.
He calls – “Come to Me.” - not to a life that turns out just like we planned, or is free from troubles – but to HIMSELF.
|Photo Credit: Abbey Grace Photography|