Updated on October 2, 2012
ESPN plays in the background…and this word flows repeatedly from the commentators’ mouths: possibility. they speak of professional basketball. and i wonder about life.
what are the possibilities? where is this road going? ultimately, if i keep my focus on the right place, it is heading through the land of glorifying Jesus to the end result of the same.
the sights along the way are yet to be seen.
the experiences during this travel are yet unknown. at least most of them. there are some that have been promised. and that is where possibility collides with faith.
will i believe what has been promised by the Almighty? or will i let “what if” and “i don’t know” rule in my heart. will i “pray with fervency for that which has been promised, we can take that promise as an answered prayer” as matthew henry once penned?
or will i wallow in the world of “i don’t know”s?
your walk and your path may be different than mine. and God may be asking different things of you. yet this i know for sure: i have grown tired of the wallowing.
it is time to embrace the promises, trust the One who gave them, and walk with the faith i claim to hold dear. walking by faith and not by sight is not for the faint of heart.
“because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me–to keep me from exalting myself!
concerning this i implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. and He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, i will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
therefore, i am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when i am weak, then i am strong.” –2 Corinthians 12:7-10
did you catch it? my breath caught, the world froze, and for a moment the whisper came so soft, as if to say that this one phrase was the point: “…that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”
when the “what if”s come, the known result of any what if is exactly that: “…that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”
when the wails of “why” and “i don’t understand” emerge, the answer is simple: “…that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”
and when the possibilities can stir anxiety, instead i will proclaim: “…that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”
for this is the point. this is the indwelling Holy Spirit. this is the true life of faith, “…that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”