Friday, February 23, 2007

The Soul of a Songbird

Why is it that we put so little faith in faith? I mean, when things are going well, life seems easy. Good relationships, a positive bank balance, great health; what’s not to like about living like this? On the other hand, when relationships sour, checks bounce, and we can’t seem to get over nagging ailments, life seems to be without hope. Those of us on this journey of life are called to persevere through thick as well as thin. So why is it so easy to have faith when we seem to be able to see the “rewards” for our faith. Things go south and we start questioning God; which may reveal more than we realize about our faith. Faith is not about some blind shot in the dark, or foolish hope. When life stinks and we cry out to the Creator, we are not expressing doubt so much as we are expressing hope.

We ask questions because we expect some sort of answer. Losing ones faith only becomes a frightening possibility when we stop questioning God and we become calloused, cold, and indifferent.

The writer of the book of Hebrews in the Bible penned the following: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.” Hebrews 11:1-2

Faith is not about knowing all the answers. Instead, faith resides in knowing that Someone does know, and chasing after this relationship. Faith involves asking God the “why” questions. So keep asking. God is not afraid of our questions.

I like how Maya Angelou puts it, "A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song."