Have you ever heard the analogy that faith is like taking a step off of the edge of a cliff and trusting that there is a safety net to catch you? I remember hearing that countless times growing up in the church and never fully understanding it. Perhaps this is because I have an irrational fear of falling. Not a fear of heights, but of actually falling from a terrible height! So this analogy always confused me.
Why would having unshakable faith in God feel like something so terrifying? How is it encouraging that believing in the impossible would make your stomach churn? And why do pastors smile when they tell you that it will be?
In the past weeks I have finally understood this. Myvery good friend turned sister was hospitalized and series of surgery and operation was done. Then, after weeks and weeks of not hearing from her, she finally called me and told me how everything went. How she fainted, how blood stop flowing in her body. The doctors already concluded she was going to die, and looked at her recovery as impossible. She had too much damage in her body internally from fighting a sickness we don’t understand.
After she narrated all that happened in the hospital, I remembered that my God, the One who speaks galaxies into existence is still in control. My Father, who parts seas and calms storms, is still on the throne. My Jesus, who healed blind men and cured a disease with just the hem of His garment, is alive!
The impossible is always possible with God.
Today, my friend has made a miraculous recovery. What the doctors said would be her last fight has become just a chapter of faith and healing in her testimony. I still struggle with holding onto this faith. Every day I have to remind myself that God is holding her in the palm of His hands. But whatever the outcome, I can rest in that knowledge. And so can you.
Our God is still capable of doing impossible things. He can still heal the sick and save the lost. The missing piece in the formula is simply our faith! Yes, our gut-wrenching, terrifying, cry-your-eyes-out faith. Believe in the impossible today. Your seemingly hopeless situation is actually just a chapter in your testimony! Believe that the King of the Heavens is who He says He is, now and forever.
“Nothing, you see, is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37 MSG
“The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living.” Hebrews 11:1 MSG