This is another excerpt from 50 things that really matter.

There’s an old story about Jeb and the flood that tells us something important about faith. Old Jeb was trapped on his roof as the floodwaters were rising around his house. As he sat there, a neighbor passed by in his rowboat, offering to take him to higher ground.

“Don’t worry about me,” said Jeb. “I have faith: The Lord will protect me.”

A while later, the floodwaters still rising, a rescue squad arrived in a powerboat and ordered Jeb to evacuate. “No need,” Jeb insisted. “My faith is strong. I’ll be fine.”

A few hours later, when the wates reached the eaves, a National Guard helicopter hovered overhead and lowered a line. But Jeb wouldn’t grab hold. “The Lord will provide,” he said.

Not too long after, Jeb’s house went under, and Jeb with it. When he arrived at the pearly gates, he was none too pleased.

“Lord, I had such faith in You!” cried Jeb. “How could You have abandoned me?”

“Abandon you?” replied the Lord. “What are you talking about? I sent you a rowboat, a powerboat and a helicopter!”

Like many of us, Jeb had great faith, but it was a faith built only on miracles that come with flashes of light and trumpet blasts. In truth, Gof often responds to or faith in humbler ways. It might be a kind driver who lets us merge when we’re stressed from sitting in heavy traffic. Or it could be a newspaper article that describes a support group we desperately need. Or perhaps it comes in a song on the radio that brings us a cherished, fortifying memory.

Each day, angels visit the footsteps of the faithful, leaving gifts that quietly offer God’s grace, comfort and protection. All we have to do is recognize them and pick them up.

By Doug Hill, 50 things that really matter, Rodale Press for Hallmark

There isn’t much more to be said. The point is simple. Faith is believing in things and opportunities we can’t see, but it also is taking advantage of the things, people and opportunities that are given us. If we believe God is in control, then we have to believe He brings people into our lives for a reason.

We all look for the “flashes” of miracles, but we ignore the everyday miracles right in front of us.  That’s what happened 2,000 years ago. People were mesmerized by the miracles, but couldn’t figure out the message. That has happened through the ages. That continues to happen today.

Chances are, we are going to see few “flashes” of miracles in our lives. But there will be times when we get by — and not know how we did it. That’s our fish and loaves miracle. There will be times when our illnesses go into remission. That’s our healing miracle, even if it’s just temporary.  There will be times when we see the hand and heart of God with complete clarity — perhaps just a precious few times. That’s our burning bush. Truth be known, the burning bush is there all the time. We just fail to see it.

Take time to witness the little ordinary everyday miracles. Watch spring spring. Enjoy the sunshine even on a cold, windy day. Hold a baby. Dance in the rain. Sing. Soak in life.

Those are a part of faith.

Each day, angels visit the footsteps of the faithful, leaving gifts that quietly offer God’s grace, comfort and protection. All we have to do is recognize them and pick them up.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Thinking can get you out of a problem, worry can get you into one.

About wisdomfromafather

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4 Responses to Faith

  1. mzkoko78 says:

    Thank you!!! I like the analogies (fish/five loaves paragraph).


  2. TamrahJo says:

    This is one of my favorite stories! 🙂


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