A Different Way of Seeing
For we walk by faith, not by sight.
2 Corinthians 5:7
Hiking in the deep wilderness can be foreboding. In the morning you may find yourself in a deep ravine between the sides of two mountains, barely able to glimpse the sky above. In the afternoon you may be in a rugged, old-growth forest, completely surrounded by trees with no view of the horizon. In either case, you are headed toward a destination you cannot see. Aided by a map and compass (and now GPS), you trudge on with certain expectation of your direction.
That is what the Christian life can be like at times — walking toward a destination we cannot see, but one which we have every confidence of finding. The destination may be in this life — a decision about vocation or our children — or it may be eternal (Hebrews 11:8-16). Either way, we have a map (Psalm 119:105) and a heavenly Companion (Hebrews 13:5) upon which we depend. We don’t know specifically what next week, or eternity, will look like. We are moving toward destinations we cannot see. But that is not a problem since we walk by faith, not by sight.
Walking by faith means seeing life differently: trusting the God we cannot see (1 Peter 1:7-8) for that which He has yet to reveal.
Walking by faith means being prepared to trust where we are not permitted to see.