Now Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1
In my quiet times this week, I’ve been thinking about faith a lot. What is faith? Do I actually have any? It got me thinking about a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” I replayed these words in my head over and over. And then I suddenly began to think about the verse that I emphasized from Hebrews chapter eleven.
I have a hard time trusting God when answers don’t appear in obvious ways. I like to brace myself for whatever lies ahead and that is obviously difficult to do when I am unaware of what is coming around the proverbial corner. My fear of the unknown becomes the loudest voice in my head. Because of this fear, I often would prefer to stay on the step that is known rather than continue to progress and journey with Christ. It feels safer to live that way.
Even though I know it feels safer to stay on a metaphorical stair that I am comfortable with, I also have to trust God in the midst of fear. Having faith, to me at least, doesn’t mean that fear is non-existent, it means clinging to Christ while I am afraid of the unknown. I don’t minimize the fact that I am afraid, but instead, I take a step while scared and unsure. That is what faith looks like to me.
So, as I continue growing and developing, I want to be someone who takes a step while I am afraid and unsure. And may that step be rooted in a trust in the reality that Christ will always take care of me.