Faith is the thing in the middle of a storm. Whether you've ever been in the eye of a hurricane or been through a season of life where you knew that it was going to take every ounce of battling you had in you, faith somehow is this messy thing in the middle that gets you from the starting line to the finish.
I think it's easy to talk about faith as the Hebrews writer says in 11:1
"Now Faith is the substance of the things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen," but living out faith is much harder.
When the storm hits, we have the opportunity to exercise our faith muscle and run the race with endurance set before us. The beginning of any race doesn't take a lot of faith, and the ending of a race has great relief, but the middle is where our faith muscle begins to pull at us, tear at us and question why we began the race altogether.
The storms in the scriptures amaze, especially in Matthew when the disciples started freaking out because of a storm that came over the boat as Jesus was asleep. The disciples woke him because they were afraid. The waves were coming in, and they feared for their lives. He said, "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?" And then the scriptures said he calmed the winds & the sea.
Isn't easy to be in the middle of the storm and flip a lid? It's so easy to be just like the disciples and question the storms, the waves of this life, especially when you're in it. In the good seasons, I can admit, I haven't had to exercise much of my faith muscle because I relied on my own strength. In the good times it's easy to talk about faith, it's easy to say that I have it, but in the hard times when something pushes at me, that's a whole different story.
I know what it's like to question just as the disciples did. I feel like we've been sitting on a storm for a while that has waves that hit, some days the waves crash over the boat, other days I panic and some days the waves are calm. And yet, like the disciples, I beg the same questions, "save me, I feel like I am perishing, did you forget me?" And He reminds me everywhere in His word, "He calms the storm so that its waves are still." Psalm 107:29 He hasn't forgotten me, and He hasn't forgotten you. His promises are true. I need to stop talking about faith and start exercising it. I don't need to be afraid of the things in front of me; I don't need to question why things haven't happened or why things are the way they are, I just need to live in today and trust him in the eye.
Whether you're in the eye of a storm, pulling out of a storm or just entering one, He is the one that calms the storms of this life. He has us in the palm of his hand.