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Confidence in Things Unseen
by Amanda Lynch 
01/03/10
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Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the confidence in things not seen.

We play a game on the way to church. The kids all start to look for The Chapel once we get to a certain stop light. Then we see who can spot it first. It's funny because it plays hide and seek with us a little bit. We see it, then it goes behind some trees. Then we see it, then it's gone for quite a while until we are right in front of it.

One day, Nora said, “I still see it.” This was during one of the “hiding times”. No one could see it. We were close, but it was tucked behind trees and around the corner. Maggie called her on it, “You can't see it. It's behind the trees.” Nora said, “Just cause I can't see it doesn't mean it's not there. I know it's there.”

They continued to argue, but I thought about what a beautiful illustration of faith that comment was. I jumped into the conversation and said, “Nora, you know what you just used? Faith. Faith is when you know something is there, even when no one can see it. If I'd never been to The Chapel, I wouldn't be able to see it, because it's hiding. I probably wouldn't even know it was there. But you know it. You have faith, even when you can't see.”

It was quiet a second. I think it sunk in a little, then the argument began again. But I learned a lot. I learned that just because I can't see and hear God with human eyes and ears, doesn't mean he's not there and not talking.

Like The Chapel, just behind the trees, he's
there, welcoming me, waiting for me to keep going till I can see and hear him. I'm not going to get there by sitting still. I have to keep looking, keep listening. But I have to look with eyes and ears of faith, for that is the only way I'll get the message.

Heavenly Father,
You have given us the wonderful gift of a relationship with you, but sometimes it is hard. It's hard to know that you're there. We just want to touch you, or see you, or hear you. But you always seem out of reach. Help us to find you, in others, in your word, in ourselves, so that we can follow you.
Amen

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