Those of you from the Midwest will recognize this type of snow pile. These mountains of snow in parking lots are really hard to see around. When driving, these piles often block our view, causing us to inch our cars forward, going really slow, just peeking the front end out hoping there isn’t another car around the corner. Inch by Inch we slowly move forward.
Sometimes our spiritual journey can feel the same. Inch by inch, slow, wary of what is around the corner. Faith is not always tangible, not always something we can quantify. For me, some days I feel like I am the car, inching forward, peeking around the corner, not sure what might be coming my direction. Other days I am flying on a spiritual high, confident of God’s direction and confident He will equip me along the way. Do you find yourself inching along, wondering what is around that pile of snow, or are you currently riding the spiritual high of seeing God at work in your life?
God has been teaching me the importance of perseverance, the importance of looking for Him at work around me each day, but that I also have a part to play in my spiritual transformation. I can’t sit back and let God do all the heavy lifting of moving that pile of snow to clear my sight. We need to pick up that shovel and use the tools He’s given us to help us grow spiritually. We have our Bibles, easily accessible with technology, and we have the power of prayer. With God and the tools He’s given us, we can move that mountain of snow that is blocking our view. But it requires a little faith and perseverance on our part to manage the task.
Jesus, when speaking to the disciples who asked why they couldn’t heal a boy in Jesus’ name, said, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20)
I am not talking about us healing, but I am talking about learning to walk by faith, one step at a time, learning to trust in God’s faithfulness and provisions. For me, time in prayer and in the scriptures opens my eyes to God’s faithfulness. The more I dive into scripture and the more I pray, the more my faith is strengthen helping me to move one step at a time in the direction God leads. Through prayer, I feel equipped to face the day and whatever mountain may be in front of me.
I don’t do this well everyday, but I am grateful God is faithful to me everyday anyway. He sees my faults, but He also sees my heart and my longings. He sees your heart too and knows you desire to get to know Him better, but like me, you have a part to play as well. Our spiritual growth requires our participation. Though we have the Holy Spirit in us, guiding and teaching us, we need to pick up the tools He’s provided and simply take that first step of faith. Don’t be wary of that pile of snow, instead in faith take that first step, trusting God will faithfully help you along the way.
Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. (Psalm 86:11)