Tests of Faith

“My reason nourishes my faith and my faith my reason.” – Norman Cousins

If you read my blog at all you will know that I do have faith in a higher power, no matter what name we choose to call him or her. Recently I posted a meme on Facebook about prayer and a relation questioned it commenting that God is allowing so many people to die. Fair point, I guess. It does make us question, and for some, doubt whatever faith they may have had prior to the emergence of the great turmoil, fear, upheaval, illness and death caused by this corona virus. For myself, personally, I will cling to the Creator because I do believe in a loving and merciful God. Why? Because time and time again we have received all we needed, even when things seemed absolutely hopeless, even when darkness threatened, even when others shook their heads and said “there’s no way”. A way was always given, doors always opened that we thought were closed and triple locked.

I will not pretend to know the answers. I absolutely have none at all. Here, in these darkest of times, my faith is being tested yet again. All I know is that all is mystery, and sometimes it’s very hard to sit with the unknowns, with all the questions, when we so badly want answers; when we so badly want life to go back to the way it was. But what if this crisis allows us to reexamine our hitherto assumptions about life? That cannot be a bad thing, can it?  If we can but learn whatever lessons that lay enfolded within this present crisis, we may emerge better people living in a better world. That is my hope. That is my prayer.

“Faith is different from proof, the latter is human, the former is a Gift from God.” – Blaise Pascal

God’s sense of humour

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When we had to move from the home I loved I was extremely disappointed. It was not so much the house itself, but the location. There were several mature trees on the lot and it was right across the road from a nature trail. And so, I prayed about it. ‘Please, God, help us find a home that suits our needs. Send me a sign when we find the right place.’  The new place is lovely – much roomier than our previous abode. I have to say the location is not nearly as ideal, but I had neglected to add ‘must have mature trees and lots of birds’. At any rate when we came to look at this house we moved into I had to laugh for on the wall were several biblical quotes, including “With God all things are possible”. Needless to say, we took the place.

But I have been missing the birdsong and the variety of winged visitors I had enjoyed at the previous address. Then a couple of weeks ago a pair of American robins built their nest in a flower box situated on the railing of my next-door neighbor’s front steps. It is literally a few feet away from us and I can watch her from the window very easily. It is as though the creator read my mind and granted me the beauty of watching this mama robin. A few days ago, the eggs hatched and now we are treated to scenes of both parents delivering food to their chicklets.

God goes by many names and concepts – whatever you may believe, I hope you see evidence of the creator at work and enjoy the wonderful sense of humor. I am grateful and feeling very blessed.