I wonder if true faith is similar to sleepwalking? As I walked a mile home today in the 90 degree heat I wondered about the similarities between sleepwalking and faith. At some point during my walk since I was emotionally and physically drained I wondered what would happen if for a moment I closed my eyes and just walked. I tried it. I simply put one foot in front of the other. I didn’t really think about it or ponder the what ifs. Just for a moment I took the limited energy that I had and walked forward. I was tired and knew that I had a long way to go. There was no option to stop or to ask for help, I just had to use the little bit of energy I had to keep walking. I took my right foot first and stepped forward; then my left foot. Soon I was walking and making progress. When I looked up and realized that I was facing a steep hill I almost panicked. ” I am tired,” I thought, “how will I make it up the hill?” Just like the disciples did in the Bible, I started to doubt. However, Taylor kept walking. She walked on without pausing and since we were walking hand and hand I had to keep going. I was amazed at her level of energy. As we rounded the curb towards home she sprinted the rest of the way. I would like to think that during our difficult trials, as we see an end or a break to our difficult walk, that we also sprint the rest of the way. I would also like to think that just as my daughter was walking hand and hand with me, God does the same with us. He holds our hand just in case we stumble and he even carries us when we can’t move forward. During those times, we are moving forward not in our own strength but it is God who is pushing us forward because of our faith in Him. Just as if we were sleepwalking; our eyes are closed and we are pressing forward diligently to our destination knowing that God will not let us fall.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.
To Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you from His glorious presence without fault and great joy–