In one of my devotions this morning, this phrase smacked me right upside my head. It has replayed like a movie in my head and heart in the time since I read it. From Christine Caine, “If you can see it, it isn’t faith!” Whaaaattt???
I feel like God has used this phrase to remind, and perhaps shift, what has taken my focus. What we see and focus on in the natural, doesn’t equal His promises. What we see in the natural can seem crushing and limited. But God…well, He has no limits and He decides when, where and how. Disappointment doesn’t equal denial, prosperity doesn’t equal favor and lack doesn’t equal punishment…His ways are clearly not our ways. What we see and try to manipulate to justify His plans for us is sometimes a sloppy attempt to be faith filled. I was reminded that what I see isn’t all there is and when I can’t see, I have to trust.
If we could see what lies ahead, we would likely tuck and run realizing what it would take to get us there…the pain, the stretching, the growth and the sacrifice. There is a reason why God reveals things in His way and in His time. He knows we would likely make a huge mess of things entering into them prematurely.
I can’t see into the future and I refuse to look behind me to the past so being faithful with where God has me right now is all I can do. I can’t see my full potential in my current position at work, but God knows. I can’t see how God will bring lost people to the new church plant we are involved in, but He has a plan. I can’t see my husband and kids’ futures, but God has them laid out perfectly. All I, or any of us, can do is be faithful with where we are and what we have, trusting God with it all.
So, instead of saying, “God, show me your will, your ways.” My prayer will be “God increase my faith and help me be ok with not seeing or knowing what lies ahead.” I don’t want to see everything…I don’t want to miss out on the growth, the stretching or (as crazy as it sounds) the pain, because without it, I wouldn’t become who I need to be to do what God has called me to do! I want His fullness for my life, for my call and for my purpose in His Kingdom!
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4 NIV