I was running just a smidge late the other day trying to get my daughter to school before the bell rang. In my haste to get there, I forgot my glasses. Doing so causes me to have to squint to see the details of signs on the road, or any detail for that matter. I did manage to get her there on time, but on the way home I looked at my dashboard and realized my gas tank didn’t look as full as it should being as though I just filled it up two days prior. I looked at the meter that tells me how far I have to drive until the car is completely empty and it read 100 miles. Based on what I saw my mind automatically went into worry mode. I immediately begin to think something is wrong with my car. Am I leaking gas? Did someone drive my car and not tell me? Did I not fill the tank up as I thought I had? I begin to think I should not have purchased this car. I’m tired of going to the gas station. Talk about a gas guzzler. As much as I love my car, it certainly eats gas. You know as well as I do, gas is not cheap. I mean the conversations I was having with myself about this gas tank was limitless. I usually say my healing scriptures in the morning while driving my daughter to school and on the way back home. I was so engrossed in my gas tank that I was not concentrating on my scriptures and taking them in like medicine as I typically do. So I’m driving and self-talking when I decided to squint to make sure I saw the numbers I know I saw…. And low and behold…. The meter actually read 198 miles until empty.
How many times do we see something with our own eyes and conclude what the problem, solution, and conclusion is going to be based on what we see? How many times do we regret past decisions and re-hash ideas and contemplate giving up based on what we see? There’s a lot of self-talk and self-doubt happening in our minds. Why did I get married? Why did I ever think this would work? What am I having faith for, this man doesn’t want me? You see all the signs of the end and see no signs of reconciliation. Some of you have probably put down the boxing gloves and the tools that we discussed in our video conference sessions. A few of you probably even thought I’ve forgotten about you or said to yourself she’s too busy I’m not going to reach out. You’ve concluded this is over! Well, as your Mentor, I’m always going to be there for you, and I’m still going to coach you in the way of having faith. I lived some of those same feelings. I’ve had some of those same thoughts. So why am I sending this to you? Why am I still telling you to hold on when I know firsthand how this feels? Because I know that faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. I’ve come to squint for you and show you what really can happen when you have faith. I’ve come to adjust your lenses a little bit and let you know that what you see does not dictate your outcome. You have to spiritually see what you cannot see in the natural. Fighting the good fight of faith means denying everything about your flesh and entirely dependent on God. Have you ever heard people pray and say less of me God and more of you? Well, this should be your prayer. Less of me seeing, figuring out the problem, making a solution, and concluding that it’s over God. And more of you giving me the strength to endure. More of you God giving me the ability to glory in my suffering because my suffering produces perseverance, and perseverance produces character, and character produces hope (faith), and hope (faith) does not put us to shame. Put your gloves back on. Get your prayer and your confession back on track. Hang up that picture of you and your spouse on a vision board. Keep doing what is right. Don’t be weary in well doing for in due season you will reap if you faint not. Keep fighting the Good fight of Faith!