2 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV
For we walk by faith, not by sight.
How true is this scripture? Yet as simple as it is, how hard does it seem to live by? I’ve been thinking on faith, belief, and taking God at His Word as I attempt to apply it to everything we have going on right now. I truly think the key to it is learning that we really can’t walk by sight as we do physically, but we have to learn how to walk by faith. In other words, we have to learn to walk with our eyes on Him, His Word, His promises, and nothing else. I can’t keep one eye on my symptoms or my mountain and the other eye on His Word. I have to completely set my sight on His Word.
And as other way to picture walking by faith, I have to tell you about Eden. Over the past two months, our girl has been working on learning how to walk. She has approached crawling and walking in her own unique way and on her own timeframe, which has been a new experience for us. We’ve really watched her over the last few weeks as she’s gone from standing by herself for a few minutes, to then walking along the furniture, to walking along the walls, and then on Monday she took 6 steps on her own for her Great-Grandma to see. And as a bit of a rabbit trail, I have to say that this was such a special moment for all three of us girls to share together as both my Grams and I know that once we move overseas there won’t be many more of those moments. And truthfully, I’ve really been in a battle with my emotions as I try to enjoy every second of life here and now. I don’t want to look too far ahead, and as I’ve been savoring life, I’ve noticed that God has been diligent to put very special, treasured moments in my path lately. I need to sit down and write them all out so that I don’t forget.
Anyway, as we are aiming to move abroad in 6 months, the shortness of those 6 months feels very real to me right now. I have had many moments of just feeling totally overwhelmed by all that’s going on, all that needs to be done, and the size of it all. It feels like we’re attempting to climb a giant mountain, and yet I don’t know how to even climb! I’m realizing that if I try to cross this mountain by sight, I will not make it. If I try to climb it in my own strength, I will exhaust myself in just trying to figure out how to do it properly. So my only choice is to trust Him. He has to teach us, direct us, smooth out our path, provide our climbing gear, and give us good weather. He just has to do it. I don’t even know how to attempt to fundraise, write out an application for us to become a British charity, how to lead a team of people, how to prepare my kids for such a giant transition, how to sell our house, or how to say a temporary goodbye to my parents. I don’t know how to do any of it. But He does. So I’m clinging to Him.
As I cling to Him, I realize I can only do one thing at a time. Today, I can work on our paperwork for the first step of our visa application. Tomorrow, I can work on filling out the kids’ British passport application. The next day, I can compile a list of possible people who may want to help support us. It’s one step at a time with one foot in front of the other; all while completely trusting in Him. And just as my girl has gone from just standing by herself for one minute, to walking behind her little car, to walking along the kitchen cabinets, I will have to do the same. I will have to learn how to do all this as I go. Yet my eyes will be focused heavenward, on praising Him, thanking Him, dwelling in Him, and doing what He says we can do. No matter how the bank account looks, the paperwork looks, or how tall the mountain appears to be. His Word is our guide. His Word says we can do it. His Word says He is our strength and our help. He is all we need. My God shall supply all of our needs according to HIS riches and glory; not according to anything of my own.
So last night, we met with our Scotland team, and as we were talking about how to walk by faith and trust God to meet us, my girl walked across the room. Mark, my parents, my sister, and our whole team got to see her and cheer with her. The grin on her face and the joy we all felt was so special. And one of our teammates stated how prophetic it was to see her walk on her own just as we were talking about trusting God. Eden showed us a physical picture of what we will be learning and doing. He was so right to say that. We’re learning, just like a little one, and just as parents patiently and joyfully teach their littles ones to walk, so does our Heavenly Father do the same for us. God gave us another special moment to grab hold of and keep over the next few months as a reminder of His goodness and faithfulness.
So as I walk by faith and as He teaches me how to climb this mountain, I thank Him every day for how GOOD He truly is. My faith has to be planted in His goodness, because the devil will use everything in our circumstances to say that God is not good, not faithful, not true to His Word. But we know the devil is a liar, and God is on our side. He rejoices over us; He is our Champion who cheers us on to complete the works that He has prepared for us. He is the Best Father; the one who cheers loudly with every step of progress, every bit of faith we walk in, and every time we succeed in stepping with Him. He is the best mountain climbing Coach a girl could ask for. 😉