Losing, failing, and puzzling isn’t always fun.
Of Abraham: Abraham had no idea where he was going; [still he] said yes to God’s call to an unknown place… (Hebrews 11:8)
Of Peter: “When you were young [Peter] you…went wherever you wished, but when you get old you’ll…[go] where you don’t want to go.” ( John 21:18)
Of you and me: “If you don’t know what you’re doing, ask the Father. He loves to help. (James 1:5)
Losing, failing, and puzzling is a normal experience for roller coaster riders and skydivers—They even pay money for such joy rides.
Losing, failing, and puzzling may also be a normal experience when living by faith.
If so, do you still want on the faith ride?
Why or why not?
by John Parker
Photo by Michael Kroul on Unsplash
Verses adapted from the Message Bible
You could add paining. The body seems made to hurt often, frequently no fault of our own. These are all par for the ride whether you walk by faith or not. The faith gives true perspective to persevere with only brief anxiety rather than ritualized anxiety, brief fear rather than unending fear, brief sorrow rather than on and on.
I didn’t realize it was a ride. I thought I had to run the race marked out for me with perseverance, one foot in front of the other…
Thank you, Tim! Yes indeed, our run is a walk and vice versa.
Regarding using the word “ride,” I appreciate John Bunyan’s comment about his writing—which he wrote in his book Pilgrim’s Progress, “I have used similitudes. Hosea 12:10″