My Pointe of View

My thoughts on God, Life, and Dance

Faith a.k.a Off Roading

Written By: jamieu - May• 01•12

To begin with I apologize for my lack of blogging over the past 6 weeks or so. I dance with a ballet company and we had a lot of performances and events that caused me to put my writing on the shelf for a bit.

Today I want to talk about faith. Sometimes my reaction to that word is an inward cringe, similar to the one I feel when I hear the word patience. Having faith means taking a risk without knowing how or what the outcome will be. Did you ever do one of those “team building” exercises in youth group where you had to fall back and hope that your partner would catch you? Depending on who your partner was, there could have been several possible endings to that game! The idea is to let go and free fall with the belief that your partner will not let you bruise your tailbone on the floor. As cheesy as this game may seem, it really is a great picture of what faith is.

I have struggled with faith because I always have a set outcome in my mind. It only makes sense that things happen exactly the way I think they should! This is obviously not the correct mindset and it always sets me up for a lot of unnecessary stress. When we are trusting God for something and the situation is not coming together the way that we believe it should, the tendency is to lose faith or even get upset with God.

Over this past year I have learned that faith truly is about letting go, letting go of my ideas, my preconceived solutions to problems, ultimately letting go of my will. God rarely does things the way we think He should, not to mess with us, but simply because He knows better. He knows the path that we need to take to get us to our destination. Just because we end up off roading instead of taking the highway does not mean that God has forgotten or forsaken us.

I found a definition to the word faith online:

Complete trust or confidence in someone or something.

COMPLETE trust. That says it all right there. God is asking us “Will you trust me to do what I know is best?” This is the kind of faith that we see in Abraham. Hebrews 11:8 says:

8[Urged on] by faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed and went forth to a place which he was destined to receive as an inheritance; and he went, although he did not know or trouble his mind about where he was to go. (Amplified)

Abraham left everything behind and set out on a journey, even though he did not have a clue where he was going. The beautiful thing is that “he did not know or trouble his mind about where he was to go”! Abraham understood faith in a way that I hope to in my lifetime. He did not even concern himself with the journey because he had complete and total confidence in his God. He let go and had no doubt that God would catch him.

Take heart if your journey is feeling a bit uncertain right now. Focus on God and walk in obedience, and do not let your mind be troubled. He will catch you!

1NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, [a]the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]. Hebrews 11:1 (amplified)

 

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3 Comments

  1. Very awesome blog !! I couldnt have wrote this any better than you if I tried super hard hehe!! I like your style too!! it’s very unique & refreshing…
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    • jamieu says:

      Thank you so much! That is encouraging to hear :)

    • Sani says:

      True my bru!!When we think of submitting to the Lordship of Jesus, we must not think in terms of faleln earthly lords and kings…. He is entirely different. Submitting to or obeying God is submitting/subjecting ourselves to His Goodness over every area of our lives. Under His Lordship, there are no burdens…. and an easy yolk. How often it is so difficult to just rest beneath such undeserved favor!!…. This is the obedience required by our Good God: that we would let His Favor invade our entire lives and allow Him to entirely express His love to each of us!

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