I’m in a season of growth in my life right now but also a season of questioning. It seems ironic, doesn’t it? Have you ever been there? Maybe you’re there too. Strangely enough, I’m finding that the two go together in a beautifully challenging way. Let me start by throwing this truth from the Word out to you because this has been the scriptural theme infusing my life lately: We walk by faith not sight.
It can be easy to skim right over that part and jump right to the meat of it. Walking involves putting one foot in front of the other and moving forward. There’s nothing all that fancy or impressive about the concept of walking but it’s a choice that helps us get from one place to another.
This is where the concept of “grit” has washed over me.
There is nothing all that glamorous about the concept of grit either (honestly, it sounds kind of dirty and messy). Well, because it is. But it’s that mental toughness, perseverance, resilience, and backbone that gets us moving forward. No one can do it for us…we have to make that choice. Are we going to keep moving through the grind even when it’s tough? Or choose to keep walking forward when things are less than glamorous or easy? Or continue to move when we feel like we have to push through? Are we going to keep walking when all we want to do is stop? In Proverbs 24:16, it says that “a righteous man falls seven times and rises again.” We are all going to fall down…many…many times but it’s all about where we choose to stay.
I believe we have to choose to fix our eyes and determine if we are going to walk even before we can truly begin to understand the many facets of what it means to operate by faith rather than sight. Are we going to persist through the nitty-gritty, the mundane, the uncertainty…even when we don’t think we see Him at work or when we don’t feel Him? That’s where the by faith not sight part comes in.
See, when I notice real growth in my own children is when they find the good in what is not immediate gratification. My kids will freely give praise and give me the title of “best mom in the world” when I’m giving them what they want…but what about those times I’m doing something for their benefit that doesn’t immediately line up with their pleasure? Are their sentiments towards me the same then? Do they still believe I have their best interest at heart?
How often I do this same thing to my Heavenly Father. I lavish praise when all is going my way yet yield it when I’m pouting. But when I give praise in the midst of my questions and uncertainty, it promises God’s presence. The Bible says that He inhabits the praises of His people. God doesn’t need our faith to add anything to His majesty or goodness. Our faith is a great deal for our benefit…but oh how it pleases God to see our faith at work and it unleashes His power in our life.
This “Faith + Grit” combination comes into play when I release my hands that have been desperately clinging to control yet set my feet to walk without wavering in the direction of Jesus. I choose to believe that He is enough…I choose to trust that He is working in me and in my life…I choose to press on regardless of what I see right in front of me. Faith + Grit.