"Though you have not seen him, you love him, and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls." 1 Peter 1:8-9 (NIV)
I know, not a very original title. That's okay, because this week, as I write about the anniversary of this blog, it brings me to the very reason God has sent each of us on a path for him. As I reflected upon the last four years and all that I have learned about others and myself through this journey, the picture above seems to sum it all up, the rainbow. This picture was taken on our vacation to Costa Rica earlier this year. When I looked out onto the horizon, I truly couldn't believe my eyes. It was a perfect day with a perfect ending. I looked at that rainbow and realized, just at that moment, that faith in so many things had gotten me to that point.
Before my story is presented, let's look at all the wonderful examples we have in the Bible of simple faith. These are people who didn't complicate faith, but truly took our Dear God for all that He is - mighty and merciful. It starts as early as Abraham, who walked up that mountain with his son, prepared to sacrifice him. Talk about a simple faith. He didn't complicate it - God asked him to do something and he was going to do it. I certainly don't believe I could have done what Abraham did, but I also believe that Abraham had the faith that God was going to be there for him - regardless of the results.
We move to Moses, who had no idea how he was going to rescue the Israelites. Here was a man that had thousands of lives in his hands. Yet, he walked up to Pharaoh and with the faith that only God can provide, walked his fellow Israelites to the Promised Land. Talk about a simple faith - let's focus on Mary, Jesus' mother. If there was someone who had incredible faith that God would take care of her and her baby, it was Mary. At a very young age, she became a mother. Not just any mother, but the mother of our Savior. What a level of faith she had to have, knowing her journey from God was greater than any journey before.
I never thought when I began this journey that it would take me to the place it has today. I did have faith that whatever it was that God wanted for my life, I would listen (that certainly wasn't always the case). This weekend, that journey took me to a wonderful group of women who were willing to listen to my story - the story that God gave me. What a blessing was given to me that morning. I met new friends, living out Jesus' love in their lives. They inspired me to have continued faith in the journey God has set me on. I ask that you spend time reflecting and believing. Have faith that God has put a journey in front of you that will reap inexpressible and glorious joy!! That is what He wants for all of us who have simple faith!
"Dearest Jesus, help us to have a simple faith. Take the complications out of believing and set us on a journey where the simple faith we have in you and the salvation you gave to us can be lived out in our daily lives. In your gracious name we pray. Amen."