Have faith in God

By Julia Fernandes

June 2, 2011

 

"Faith enables persons to be persons, because it lets God be God." -  Carter Lindberg

 

All my years if I have clung to any sentence as tightly as I could, it is this, have faith in God. This simple and short sentence of four words has been a source of nourishment for my soul all through my life. If I have managed to keep my head and heart together in all the seasons of my life it is only because of my faith in God.

 

I cannot always carry and shoulder the burdens of life. I admit I am weak. Sometimes, it becomes real heavy. That time I just lay them down and look to Heaven and gesture God to take over from me, only to see God is smiling back at me and eagerly waiting to lift my burdens. He looks at me and just says, "Have faith in Me, Julia." God’s power works best when we place all your faith in Him.

 

I realize then that having faith in Him is so much more easier than trying to lift the burdens all by myself. This beautiful hymn comes to my mind...

 

Oh what grace we often forfeit

Oh what needless pain we bear

All because we do not carry

Everything to God in prayer

 

And I rejoice in the fact that I can fall; I am not infallible; I no longer feel inadequate, or ashamed of my failings. God tells us it is OK to fail. For it gives God an opportunity to turn around things for us. And it is simply amazing when He takes the worst that has happened and wrings out the best from it. It is so wonderful to see the little miracles that He weaves so beautifully when we entrust our lives in His care. Truly, only God can do it!

 

There are times when things have gone terribly wrong, when I have felt as though life has played a cruel joke, when suddenly nothing makes any sense anymore. In those times it is my faith and trust in God that has helped me to coast along. Thanks to my faith, what I do not understand now I understand much later, when I see a part of the picture. The whole picture, of course, we will get to see when we meet Him.

 

While faith is that delicate tug at God’s heart signifying Him to take over from where we left, trust is that tender nudge at God’s heart convincing Him that we know He will help us, even if we do not understand His ways. In the ebb and flow of life, when everything else fails, faith in God will save your day.

 

Faith in God is that precious oil that the keeps the lamp of my life burning bright enabling me to share this brightness and radiance with all those who come in contact with me!