To Continue…

87882356And, the more that I think about Jesus saying, “Do not be afraid, just have faith” to a man whose little daughter has just died, the more I am both amazed and comforted.  When I reflect on the many things that are ‘crosses’ in my life right now, none of them can compare with the death of a child.  If Jesus could tell a grieving father to ‘just have faith’ when the circumstances seemed so dire, then there is nothing that I can’t bring to him, and nothing that he can’t heal.

“Just have faith” – three little words that can change my life.  These three little words are transforming…they effect my attitudes, my decisions, my moods, my past, present and future, the way I live and the way that I love.  He tells me, “Just have faith” and I answer:


I’m really worried

I’m so afraid

I’m not seeing you, hearing you, feeling you right now

I have to do something…I have to take control

I fear the worst

And he responds, “Do not be afraid, JUST HAVE FAITH”

And I ask for the faith of a mustard seed so I can move mountains.

3 thoughts on “To Continue…

  1. Andie, this is beautiful. Every day God says, “Rest in me” and I take great consolation from that. Blessings and peace to you.

  2. Hi Andie:
    One of the things that I struggle with is anxiety. During times of difficulty, when I fear what’s ahead of me, and I decide to pray, almost always I hear Jesus say “Do not be afraid for I am with you”. When I’m angry sometimes I can reply, “how can you tell someone who you know suffers from anxiety to not be afraid?! It comes natural to me to be afraid! I don’t know how not to be afraid!”

    Of course, what I’m going through is nothing compared to losing a daughter. And yet if Jesus told that father to have faith, for He was with him, then it gives me hope that there is a sense to all of this, there is hope not just for the future, but for this moment, for He is with me and I’m in His hands.

    Maybe peace is not lack of anxiety. Maybe faith is not lack of doubts. Maybe it is much more than that. Maybe it is not a lack of all these things, but something wonderful that is added to our human frailty.

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