Do you believe some things have to be believed to be seen? This story stirs before dawn while dusting my kitchen table and mulling over thoughts about believing and praying for my granddaughter, Corie, who is being transported to Duke tonight. She was in a car accident and broke her back. Dusting and praying in the wee hours of the morning makes for a good story on believing.
This is one of those mornings when the Lord awakens and downloads more good stuff than one can process. These early encounters are anticipated treasures – good God time without interruptions. At 2:30am, I knew sleep time was over, but chose to stay put under the covers…just thinking and praying and believing and hoping. It’s amazing what we can accomplish in our minds in the middle of the night. God is closer than ever in early morning hours, when He awakens and communes with His children. Rising at 3:30am to read and write is not a burden - but a blessing I am thrilled to receive. I
While dusting shelves, my attention was drawn to a pewter magnet – a gift from a student in the nineties. This old gift graces my kitchen shelf and gives strength each time I read the message engraved in print and braille. “The less we see with our eyes the more we see with our hearts”! A picture of Clint and Cameron, dressed in matching footed, Christmas pajamas and holding their hands over their eyes, sits beside the pewter plaque. My dusting ceases; my heart sees those Christmas mornings when Tim would make the boys cover their eyes before walking into the living room to find their treasures. He always took pictures of them with hands over eyes…waiting with anticipation.
Settling down at my computer this rainy April morning, my favorite devotion book, A Pocketful of Hope, is open to the month of August. The scripture from Malachi 3:16 says, “Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it…”
God’s language is a language of the heart, not of the tongue. For hours, I have listened to His stirrings in my heart. NO audible voice thunders in my home, but my heart pounds with excitement and energy from His language of love. We cannot hear His voice penetrate our heartstrings when tunes of worldly woes and worries drown the Spirit’s downloading. Several quotes from BE Somebody, show that true discipleship is the language of obedience and faith is a firsthand discovery. Believing and being all God has called us to be has rewards.
To believe only possibilities is not faith but mere philosophy.
If any thing can be done, experience and skill can do it.
It a thing cannot be done, only faith can do it.
Faith is fear that has said its prayers.
Faith is not contrary to reason, but rather reason grown courageous.
Taking a break from writing, I resume dusting the coffee table in our living room. The BELIEVE book - a gift from Jamie, my daughter in law, several years ago, beckons me to open and read. It stays on the coffee table for occasional reading. Today, I read the inside cover page with amazement. God really is placing in my morning path what is to be shared in this story. How great is our God
“Some things have to be believed to be seen. There’s a lot in this world we can’t see. But, just because we can’t see something, or hold it in our hands, doesn’t mean it’s not there. “Here is my secret,” said the fox in The Little Prince. ‘It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye”
We used to think that ‘seeing is believing, but now we know that ‘believing is seeing’. As architect Frank Lloyd Wright put it: “The think always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.
This is especially true in difficult times. There are days when all you can see with your eyes are the problems. But if you look with your heart, you will see that the miraculous is all around you.
Despite our problems, there is still so much courage, goodness and possibility in each of us that if we could see its glow, it would light the world.”
For a few moments, I flip pages and read quotes from people who believed.
Christopher Columbus said, “Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World.” We must always believe some boundaries are meant to be crossed.
Al Sacharov believed in doing great work. “The key to trust your heart to move where your unique talents can flourish. This old world will really spin when work becomes a joyous expression of the soul.”
Passion for what we believe and what we do draws attention to our cause for Christ. Ernest Holmes said, “…everything in life responds to the song of the heart.” Sharing love and passionate joy in all things is evidence Jesus lives in our hearts.
Anne Lamott sums it all up as streams of sunlight barely break through the rain clouds outside. “Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work; you don’t give up.” We must always embrace the belief that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
God’s Word reminds us that through Him all things are possible. He keeps His promises and orders our steps. He loves His children so much that He gave His Son as a sacrifice for our sins. When we believe, heaven smiles.
I open the Bible beside my computer, the best source to learn about faith and believing, about seeing with the eyes of our hearts, about God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost – our creator, Lord, Savior, Alpha, and Omega. There really is no God like Jehovah.
God has the final Word… “Be strong in heart, all you who hope in the Lord.” Psalm 31:24 ”Get your minds ready for good use. Keep awake. Set your hope now and forever on the loving favor to be given you when Jesus Christ comes again.” 1 Peter 1:13
It is no mistake this story is being written on Tuesday, April 15th – the first blood moon on Passover. What is ahead for our world? The answers come from His Word. What phenomenal event will follow? We cannot hold our hands over our eyes and wait with anticipation. We must open the eyes of our hearts, listen to His voice, clean out, look up, win souls to Christ, and be prepared to meet Jesus…for as the song says…He is coming soon!