Living by Faith
Something I wrote in my last post has got me thinking. I mentioned that while I was in the hospital last week it struck me that every day is lived by faith (duh!). Hey, I’m slow with this stuff sometimes and need constant reminders. Anyone know what I mean? I should see a lot of raised hands right now.
Anyway, it wasn’t just last week that got me thinking on this but the whole last year. You see, the first 35 years of my life I was as healthy as a horse. Never broke a bone. Never had surgery. Hadn’t seen a specialist since I was a wee lad and had foot problems. Rarely got sick. Almost never called out of work. Never thought twice about dealing with life-threatening diseases and conditions.
And then last year hit and it seems I’ve become a medical meatball.
Now . . . well, now I honestly don’t know what tomorrow will hold. Oh, I never did know what it held. No, I’m not pretending to be some kind of seer and never could I portend the future. I’m as mortal as you. It’s just that now the reality is so, well, real. Literally, tomorrow could be the end of me or at least the end of my life as I know it.
Ever think about that? You should.
It’s pretty morbid, I’ll admit, but it really serves to bring things into perspective, both vertically and horizontally.
Vertically meaning our earthly perspective. All things relating to our relationships here, our responsibilities, our achievements, our desires . . . you know what I mean. And horizontally meaning our heavenly perspective. All things relating to our relationship with God and eternity.
When it hits you, and I mean really hits you, like square-in-the-forehead hits you, that our lives are not our own, that each day is a gift, that we’re not promised tomorrow or even a healthy tomorrow, that on a dime everything can change, that our future, our fate, our very existence rests in God’s hands, then and only then will you truly realize the gravity of such a statement: we live every day by faith.
Think about that. It’ll give you a whole new perspective of God and His sovereignty and how small we are in His mighty and capable hands. He is God and I am just a man.