Today I put my faith in the weather forecast. It told me that although it was going to be very cloudy it was not going to rain and there would be a good breeze.
‘Perfect,’ I thought, ‘just right for doing some loads of washing.’
So I put a load of washing in the machine, keeping one eye on the looming black clouds.
Then, when the machine had finished its cycle I hung out the washing to dry. Outside.
Meanwhile the clouds got darker and more ominous-looking. So I put another load of washing in the machine.
Then, when that was finished and hung out I put the rest of the washing in the machine. I ignored the moisture in the air.
No, seriously, stop laughing. Because it didn’t rain. The ominous clouds dispersed and now the sun is coming out. The washing is drying well in the breeze.
I began the day by wondering whether it would be worth doing some washing. I knew that it was needed. Then I did my research into the weather, checking out forecasts that were specifically for our town. Based on that research I decided that it looked like a good day to do some washing, even though looking at the sky you would have reached the opposite conclusion. I trusted the weather forecast.
But if all I did was trust the weather forecast the washing would still be sitting in the washing bin. I had to do something with my trust. I had to put it into action. That’s faith.
Some people reckon having faith means that you bypass your brain and take a leap into the unknown. That’s not what I have experienced.
Faith is putting the washing out on an ominously cloudy day because you trust the weather forecast. Of course there are a lot more reliable things and people in whom we can put our faith than a weather forecast but it’s the same process.
Faith is what happens when you take your research, your experience, your understanding, your hopes, your dream, your needs and your intelligence, blend them all together and then act on them.
Be blessed, be a blessing