Thursday, November 5, 2009

Faith Walking

Dear Lord, grant me the grace of wonder. Surprise me, amaze me, awe me in every crevice of Your universe…Each day enrapture me with Your marvelous things without number. I do not ask to see the reason for it all; I ask only to share in the wonder of it all.
Abraham Joshua Heschel

I want to be a faith-walker. I want to be one who does not muddle a life journey with the need to know. I want to be one who steps out in faith into the great unknown desiring only to share in the wonder and glory of the God who created it all.

Like Noah, who built an ark when it wasn’t raining.
Like Abraham, who went even though he didn’t know where he was going.
Like David, who as a child killed the giant warrior with a stone and a sling while the armies watched.
Like Esther, who approached the king not knowing if he would receive her or kill her.
Like Isaiah, who saw the Lord seated on His throne; felt his unworthiness and with touch of God’s glory eagerly offered to be sent by the Lord as a prophet.
Like the disciples who left their nets and their lives to follow the One who called to them.
Like Stephen who spoke boldly for the Lord and was stoned for it – in his dying moment he prayed for those who threw the stones.
Like Saul who became Paul after a meeting with Jesus on the road to Damascus. His life was never the same.

A faith walker doesn’t ask why. With faith, there is that unknown factor. If you can see, you can touch it and you know why it is there – do you really need faith?

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
Hebrews 11:1 NIV

I am not a faith walker or at least not one with great consistency. My “why’s” are often like the “why’s” of a toddler, incessant.

Is the need to know really important?

If knowing the why’s doesn’t really change the circumstance then I would say the knowing isn’t important. Faith, however, is essential.

Often, the situation remains unchanged but it is faith that causes a transformation. Not in the circumstance but in the heart.

My “why’s” should be my “why not’s” in Christ.

Why not believe in the God who created my inmost being and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Why not believe in the God who has created and ordained the days before even one came into being.
Why not believe in the God who gave of His very own save me.

Why not trust my yesterday, today and tomorrow to the God who planned for me, created me, saved me, knows me and sustains me.

Faith goes up the stairs that love has made and looks out the window which hope has opened.
Charles H. Spurgeon

I am stepping on and stepping up in faith. Care to join me?

© A Sacred Longing 2009


  1. Denise, if you go to look in the left sidebar under Online Classes and click on Photography and you will see the beginners class I took. It is called, Oh Shoot! Beginning Digital SLR Photography

    I love your is beautiful and I love how you put the palm tree in the left of the frame. Love the color in the sky!!!

    I also love this post on "Faith Walking!" Very well said!!! We all need to get our Faith Walking Shoes On! :)

  2. Denise, I love this and I join you in this endeavor to grow our faith!

    You inspire me with your words - from God's throne to your heart.

  3. I want to be a faith walker too. That's where the whys become why nots!

  4. Denise, I desire to join you!! This post reminds me of raising teenagers! They are constantly asking "why?" And, sometimes it is so frustrating because I just wish they would accept the answer that I give them and trust me that my decision has their best interest at heart. If they really, really knew that, they would not have to ask why? I guess, even raising kids reveals a growing relationship of learning to trust the intentions of each other! We are growing and learning to trust the intentions of God toward us too and as we realize those intentions are only good we will trust Him.

  5. Denise, beauty emanated from every word and every image on this post. And the overarching picture? Faith.

    A faith walker doesn’t ask why... My “why’s” should be my “why not’s” in Christ.

    I'm going to post this on Twitter, so others might glimpse the beauty of faith here.

  6. Denise.....I love this post! I often thank the Lord that He made it a "faith walk" and not a "faith sprint" or "faith marathon". His love and patience with us as we take three steps forward and sometimes four steps back is amazing.

    Your words inspire me to just keep trusting and walking in the path He's laid before me......Isn't that all He asks of us anyway! Thank you Jesus!

    Sweet Blessings!'

  7. Love this post. Yes, I will join you in the stepping up...

  8. Beautful blog! Amen!

  9. All I can say is AMEN!

    Blessings Denise. You have such a heart for the LORD.

    Love ya.

  10. Yep, I'll join you! Wonder is wonderful! We should not question.

  11. You have no idea how much your words helped me today...

  12. Yes, I want to be a faith walker too! Beautiful post... The way we ask "why?" all the time reminds me of a friend's three year old son. Every time you said something he would ask "why?". You would answer him and invariably his response to your response was "why?". Isn't that what we do to God?!

  13. I'm all about this faith thing girl! You've spoken the want and desire of my heart so beautifully. I want to climb those stairs in faith, knowing that my "not knowing" is part of the mysterious gift of living life with Jesus at the helm.