Walking in Faith

01/07/2010

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So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:18

Happy New Year, everyone! Perhaps you’ve already made a resolution to tell more friends about Rice Christian Treats here at the Hempfield Church of the Brethren website. If not, it’s not too late!

The New Year is upon us but I’m not going to write today about goals and resolutions or try to summarize the incredible year of 2009. Instead, I’d like you to consider something our family saw during the Tournament of Roses Parade yesterday.

Somewhere, sandwiched between the ornate and flower-laden floats, marched a small band from Ohio playing a song we couldn’t hear too well. It sounded ok, though, and then the graphic flashed on the screen: Ohio School for the Blind Marching Band. (You can read more about them at http://www.americanprofile.com/article/37271.html.) This group of blind musicians was in the midst of a six-mile trek on strange streets, surrounded by thousands of people and on national television and they couldn’t see a thing.

Each musician had a guide walking beside them as they played their trumpet or bass drum or clarinet. But I haven’t seen a better example of “walking in faith” in a long time. Their guides could lead them off a cliff or into traffic if they felt so inclined! They had to trust that their guides would lead them in the correct path.

Now if you’ve ever marched in a parade, you know that much of what you do involves “guiding right”: sneaking constant peeks to your right to see if you are straight in line. Going around corners is lots of fun, too—the inside folks take little baby steps and the outside folks take elongated steps to keep the line in order. But the band we were watching only had to focus on playing their notes and making sure the correct foot fell on the first downbeat of each measure. Keeping their eyes on the director was not even an issue!

What could we accomplish as a body of believers if we walked our walk with this kind of faith? Even if we understand that Christ walks alongside of us just like these band volunteers, do we not spent an inordinate amount of time and energy plotting our course anyway and trying to see where we’re going? Ask anyone over sixty how many times they saw God’s hand in a course they never would have chosen willingly and how much better it worked out than their own plans would have. So often we decide what we’re going to do and then ask God to bless that course of action instead of asking Him where He would lead us and then walking in faith. But Paul reminds us “we live by faith, not by sight.” (2 Cor 5:7)

I can tell you that it’s easier to play a stationary snare drum while seated in a climate-controlled  room than one that is bouncing on your leg as you sweat profusely and try to make sure you’re keeping in line with the person to your right. Cooking is the same way—the fewer the variables, the better the chance of the dish turning out well . It’s like what Forrest Gump said about money after he struck it rich: “Well, that’s one less thing to worry about.” If you find that charting your own course and striving in vain to follow your own path isn’t taking you to the destination God has chosen, try closing your eyes and walking in faith. It’s one less thing to worry about!

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There are 4 comments

Rich, well said! If we focused on one thing (Jesus) maybe the rest would come into clearer focus

kent
January 18, 2010 - 10:29

What a beautiful picture of faith you shared about the band. Maybe we see too much which causes us to worry too much. Thank you for the devotional.

Rich Bushong
January 17, 2010 - 07:01

Marie,

Thank you so much and I'm very happy that you're finding something upon which to reflect! I really enjoy hearing what people think and how they might react to these--often it's in ways I didn't expect and that is just further proof that God is waiting to speak to each of us with the words we need at that particular time. The hard part is being patient enough to listen!

Pastor Kent
January 07, 2010 - 22:43

Thank you so much for your devotionals. They are a blessing each time I read them and many times I read them more than once. May our Heavenly Father bless you as you continue to bless others.

Marie
January 07, 2010 - 19:20
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