I want the easy kind of faith. The type of faith that doesn’t require risk or create uncertainty. The kind where you find yourself at the Happily-Ever-After at the end of the third act.
But the truth is that while we may want to believe we are at the end of the third act, most of the time, we find ourselves in the middle of the second, and what we thought were going to be our hardest trials are only just the warm-up before the storm. We haven’t really hit the Dark-Night-of-the-Soul. We haven’t truly hit that point in the story where all hope seems lost, but still, we move forward and find a strength we didn’t realize was there until now.
It’s always in these moments that God does the greatest work in our lives. It’s in the messy parts and the scary parts. It’s in the areas we so desperately try to avoid, even as Christians. It’s in our greatest struggles that God shows us where we have been getting too comfortable, where we have been going wrong and where we need to grow.
Faith doesn’t always come naturally to me, and I don’t think it does for most people. Most people I know don’t want to live in uncertainty. They want a steady job, financial stability, and a healthy, happy family. So a lot of the time, we don’t actually want to walk in faith, or we want the hard part of our walk of faith to be over. Yet the thing is, we’ll never be the people God calls us to be unless we walk with Him in the hard stuff again and again and again.
Christ’s yoke is easy, but the mistake we sometimes make as Christians is believing that means our life will also be easy. God doesn’t promise that. Instead, he says we will walk through some difficult things due to our faith. Yet there is good news, and that is though each pruning may hurt, incredible things become possible through it. When we seek Him first, our story becomes all the more beautiful, and the fruit our lives bear all the more abundant. And it is in this fruit that Heaven draws one step closer to Earth.