I have been “walking by faith” ever since childhood, that is in a spiritual sense. As the apostle Paul says, “We live by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor 5:7).
Today I did “driving by faith”!
I was driving home after delivering my sweet Sarah back to the “fold,” to her family. It was a little rainy when I set out in Oklahoma, very rainy while driving on the Turnpike, but after crossing into Missouri it was like all the floodgates of heaven were open. Maybe I could see 1-2 feet in front of me, and at times no sight! I was happy I had asked for angels to come with me. I always do!
A good thing about the rain was that I had to concentrate so hard on the driving that I could push back the “rain” in my heart. Every so often I get overwhelmed with longing for those that have gone ahead before me. The grieving process is very long! My daughter has been gone for ten years but I still have not gotten used to life without her. Maybe I will always miss her!
My husband has been gone more than four years. If he had been with me on the road today (in his healthy years), he would have done the “driving by faith.” I miss the companionship. And I miss someone to come home to, someone to talk to.
Now I’m so exhausted after the tension on the road that the “grief” will have to wait. I find that being busy with life is the best way to keep going. Then, of course, I find comfort in Jesus.
In sunshine and in rain, in bright and happy times and when things are a little gloomy, Jesus is with us. He sent his Holy Spirit to be our Comforter, our Helper, our Counselor.
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever- 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you” (John 14:16-18).
Hopefully, I don’t have to do very much driving by faith. That’s a scary experience! But I do want to continue living by faith, walking “in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had” (Romans 4:12).
I wonder how much rain Abraham and his camels and flocks and herds had? At least he didn’t have to drive on an Interstate with big loaded trucks passing him, speeding at more than the 70 miles speed limit. How do they do that? They must have more faith then I had in the rain!
Have a faith-filled week!