Faith: I believe that I have it, but how to explain it! I’ve resisted the urge to check with the dictionary, because I want to attempt to define it for myself.
I did turn to the Bible (is this book the “dictionary” of our beliefs?). Hebrews 11:1 says that “faith is being sure of what we hope for, certain of what we do not see.” That pretty much matches my first thoughts about faith. It’s believing without needing proof of what I can’t see. Faith involves trust: trusting that God is in charge and all is as it should be. I have a plaque that reminds me of this trusting faith: “Lord, help me to remember that nothing is going to happen to me today that You and I together can’t handle.” For a control freak like me, that remembering requires faith.
My husband, Ward, and I are experiencing faith testing because of a current medical condition. My faith is stronger than my fears. Do I know all the whats, whens, and whys? No, but I trust that God does and I’m willing to let God be in charge! During this ordeal, I am buoyed up by the faith of others expressed in prayers, cards, food, visits, and calls. This is not the cruise we signed up for, but this is the ship we’re on. We both believe that we’ll sail into some port safely, and we have faith that it will be where we’re supposed to be.