The Faith Gap

Last fall, my friend and I decided it would be a good idea to jump out of a plane. Such a good idea in fact, we were willing to pay for the experience and have it recorded. Recreational skydiving is pretty straightforward on paper. You start at point A and succumb to the law of gravity to get you to point B. Amateurs are strapped to a professional, climb several thousand feet into the air, and then step out into the adrenaline rush of a lifetime. When we shared the experience with family and friends, the word “brave” was thrown around. However, my friend and I were not jumping into the unknown; we had an increasingly clearer picture of where we were headed. 

Like with skydiving, it is easier for me to make a decision when I see the end result of my actions. Life is not always jumping out of a plane (brave!) and landing on the ground (all clear!). Genuine bravery prompts us to make the jump with a gap obstructing the outcome. Brave decisions are not necessarily blind, rather understanding faith’s role in explaining the unseen. As described in Hebrews 11:1, “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

When Esther learns of Haman’s plans to annihilate the Jews, she “put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king’s palace, in front of the king’s quarters” unsure if the king, her husband, would accept her or use his position to have her executed (Esther 5:1). Her uninvited approach is made following days of fasting and dwelling on the volatility of her fate. Her courage in the midst of fear offers evidence on the extent where a faith in the unseen might take us. Esther enters the throne room with a faith that encourages her to surrender comfort and safety in exchange for the lives of her people.

Scripture and the human experience are testaments to God inviting His children into decisions where we leave behind the comfort and safety of point A. He will likely ask us to step forward without a clear understanding of how we are to make it to point B. However, in the moments of unknown, we lean into His love that is our defense and His promises that endure. When we step forward, He goes before us. When we are unsteady, He is strong. 

By Bethany Taylor

Bethany has been calling Immanuel Baptist her church home since 2014. A graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, she is now an obstetric nurse here in Lexington.

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