In our world, especially the Christian world, we throw around this term “faith” a lot. You see it everywhere. Phrases like “just have faith”, “put your faith in Jesus”, or “it’s a matter of faith”…
But what is faith?
We use all sorts of scriptures to try and describe faith, especially Hebrews 11:1, which says “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” and I’m not disputing that, but to me, I still wonder how do we know this?
You see, as humans, we have this need to know. We have to know what is out there, we have to know the deep mysteries of the universe. We will never be happy not knowing. It is the driving force behind things like our space programs, our digging into the molecular level of our beings, and atoms, and quarks, and electrons, and all that.
But faith flies in the face of that. We believe it without seeing it. We just “feel” that it’s true.
So what do we do with this faith? I once read this quote somewhere and I think it sums up the actions that we should take when we have faith in something:
“Faith is like a bird that feels dawn breaking and sings while it is still dark”
I love this imagery here. A bird doesn’t peck annoyingly at other birds, it doesn’t leave the other birds behind and join other birds who can feel the dawn breaking, no, it stays where it is, and it sings its song to the world.
I think that is what we as Christians are called to do. We can feel the dawn breaking, though the darkness is all around us. Our job, then, as Christians isn’t to peck at people and their sins, or beat them over the head with the bible, our job is to simply sing our song into the darkness, giving a sleeping world hope that the light is coming.
Our song of hope.
Our song of peace.
Our song of redemptions
Our song of light.
and that will make the other birds around us wonder what makes us sing
So feel the dawn breaking around you, and sing your song at the top of your lungs.