The Switch Up
Right now, I’m sitting in my room looking at all of the encouraging words I have on my walls and none of them are registering in my brain. It’s like there’s this block on my mind that has had me stuck in a weird place lately. On the one hand, I feel good about how far I’ve come and then on the other hand I feel overwhelmed because there is so much that I still haven’t done yet.
Something I’ve noticed about myself is that when things get tough I am quick to quit! Since I was a kid, that was the move - if it’s uncomfortable, just quit! I know as a believer, I’m supposed to wait on the Lord, but sometimes I use that as an excuse not to move at all or to move in fear. It’s crazy to me because I know that scripture is my truth and it tells me otherwise, but it’s difficult to see truth in the midst of a harsh reality.
How do I learn to live by faith and not by sight? Sight says I’m struggling and stuck. Faith says I can do all things [Phil. 4:13], I have purpose [Jer. 1:4-5], and that I have what I need [Phil. 4:19]. The disconnect for me comes between sight and faith.
How does one get from sight to faith? I think the key is to keep going! I’m intrigued by the story of the Israelites escaping Egyptian slavery and crossing the Red Sea. As I read Exodus 14, God’s word to Moses caught my attention. The Israelites were freaking out and overwhelmed [like me] so Moses had told them to stand still and be calm [to wait on the Lord] - yet God’s instruction for them in verse 15 was to move! When they moved, God moved and orchestrated one of the most famous bible stories we know - He parted the Red Sea for His people and destroyed their enemies! [v. 21-28]
Had the Israelites stood still while waiting to see what God would do, there would be no victorious testimony about them walking through an impossible situation! This gives me hope that if I follow God and move in ways that draw me closer to Him, He’ll do what gets Him glory and increases my faith. That’s what He did for the Isrealites [v.31], so I believe He can do that for me and for you too!
Right now things may look dim, but faith says that the Lord is our light! Let’s focus on the truth and the light and watch Him move as we move closer to Him. I challenge you as I challenge myself to switch up the perspective from living in our sight to living by our faith.
Here’s a playlist I curated about having faith! Enjoy!