UNCONDITIONAL FAITH…these two words have been at the forefront of my mind lately. I have been praying over them with a fervent desire to obtain them as my own. I yearn to embody the kind of faith that is anchored so deep in the Father, that the size of the waves that attempt to overtake me are no longer a factor.
I can confidently say that I am a believer. I believe that God’s way is the right way. I believe I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. I believe that this life is temporary and that the best is yet to come.
I also believe that God is beside me in every storm I encounter in this life, BUT it is here in the storm, where I am tossed to and fro, that my belief in God remains strong and steady, but my faith in His abilities is tested and waivers.
I suddenly lose the tight grip of God’s hand and take the lead. I wander around only able to see the limited steps before me, searching for the closest window, door, or crack that I can squeeze through unharmed. The key word here is I.
I believe that God is beside me in the storm, but fear and uncertainty consume me like a flood and the faith that should be placed in the Creator of all is misplaced in self.
I continuously find myself drifting blindly through the storm for far too long until I am broken, exhausted, and defeated. It is not until I have attempted all humanly ways to solve the problem at hand as the “superwoman” I see myself as, that I finally fall to my knees. Worn, tattered, and in desperate need to be held by my Heavenly Father.
I imagine him saying:
“Are you done yet? Have you put your “superwoman” mentality away? Can I take my rightful place, as the leader of your life back? My child, I have been here with you through the storm, I opened doors and built bridges for you to safely venture through, but yet you passed me by with your blinders on looking for the small cracks, locked doors, and shattered windows to escape through. Where is your faith, Amber?”
At this point, I am left feeling an overwhelming sense of disappointment and frustration. I allowed my lack of faith to consume me yet again, and I kept my anchor in my boat.
You see the thing about an anchor, it is of no use if it is never dropped… one has to make the choice to be anchored. In the midst of the storm, we have to make the decision to drop our anchor in God, having unconditional faith that He will indeed see us through the storm.
One of the best feelings ever is when you have been meditating on a topic and then God talks to you through scripture! I mean is there really anything better than that?
I was having a “storm” kind of day so, naturally, I called Rhyan. I asked him to read to me 🙂 he began to flip through the bible and stopped in Isaiah. He read through chapter 42, then as the beginning verses of chapter 43 were being read, I felt my anchor tighten as it went overboard.
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.” Isaiah 43:2
UNCONDITIONAL FAITH friends.
My hope is that you too will choose to drop your anchor of faith. Make the decision to relinquish faithlessness in the midst of every storm. He is our constant unwavering anchor!
Soundtrack: My anchor encouraging songs for the week…
Pursuit Band (ft. Will Reagan): Running in Circles
Scriptures in mind: