Would you like to have a crystal ball to see the future as opposed to hearing, we walk by faith and not by sight?
As a present for Robert last year, I wrote him a love letter for every week of the year. I put those letters into a beautiful box that I found at Hobby Lobby and gave it to him after we returned from singing with the choir on Christmas Eve. Technically, it was Christmas morning since it was after midnight.
I can’t take credit for that idea. I heard it on a podcast when a man shared that he had written letters to his wife every Friday and gave the bundle to her as a present. I thought it was such a beautiful idea that I had to borrow it.
Writing Into the Future
Robert leaves the letters out for me because like my books, meditations, and these blog posts, I truly don’t always remember what I write. It all kind of comes as a download from God.
He opens a letter every Wednesday. I wanted to share an excerpt from last Wednesday’s letter to you because it was so timely. I had dated it September 9, 2020. We had just celebrated one of our American holidays, Labor Day. It’s also viewed as the last day of summer, a bookend to our other holiday, Memorial Day, which is viewed as the first day of summer in the month of May.
Dear Robert, Labor Day has come and gone. The official end of summer. It’s weird sitting here in December writing into the future. Did we take our trips to see Paul and Ande and Dave and Elaine? Did we go to Maine or South Dakota? Are we still doing okay? I pray always and hope so. (insert hand-drawn heart).
I have often wished to have a crystal ball, especially when times have been particularly hard in my life. I want to know that everything is going to be okay.
As I wrote that note into the future, who knew that we would all be experiencing a pandemic that would shut down the world?!!?
That is why we walk by faith and not by sight. That is what faith is all about.
Faith Means Not Having a Chrystal Ball to See
I truly don’t want a crystal ball. I would not have wanted to know that a pandemic was coming, that what we have come to know and expect in our daily lives would be taken away, that so many lives and livelihoods would be lost.
We truly don’t know what the future holds. And that is why we need to take each day as a gift to thank God for each moment. (A little homework for you. Look up Psalm 34:1)
And even if this moment is painful, take comfort in knowing that God is with us in our sorrows and in our joys.
The Apostle Paul writes more about faith in Hebrews 11:1, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
I’ll end this email with the word Faith from God Notes – Daily Doses of Divine Encouragement.
Faith Word from God Notes Book
True faith is based on how much trust you put in Me.
Faith shows up when the money runs out.
Faith shows up when you begin to doubt.
Faith tells you things will be alright.
Faith will get you through the night.
Faith will get you through the day.
When you feel lost, faith will help you find your way.
It is not enough to just have faith.
You must act through faith.
Faith in action is love, compassion, courage, and kindness.
I am faithful to you.
I want you to be faith full, and put your complete trust in Me.
Until next time….
Stay safe. Stay well. Stay encouraged. Stay faithful. : )
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