By Linda Goodnight
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)
For years, I would skim right over this verse of scripture. It seemed so contradictory. How can you have evidence of something you don’t see? How can you have the substance of something that doesn’t exist?
Well, I think I finally got it. Faith means dreaming the impossible until it comes to pass. Faith is looking into your heart and knowing even when the natural realm says exactly the opposite of what you’re believing for. Faith is holding fast to what God has promised no matter what.
Deep stuff, huh? So how do I apply this to my life? To my career? To my family? How can I have faith when it seems so impossible?
Debbie Macomber, KNIT TOGETHER, that helped me get a stronger grasp on the meaning of this verse. In it, Debbie talks about her struggles but much more about her faith, her optimism, her determination to believe for the impossible. She made a list. On that list were wild, out-of-reach things like the NY Times Bestseller List, meeting some famous people she admired, having a book turned into a movie, and others. At the time, she was not the Debbie Macomber. She was a dyslexic mom trying to write category romance. Others would have laughed at her outlandish list. But Debbie intrinsically understood the meaning of Hebrews 11:1. She had faith. In her heart and in her mind, she visualized the good things she desired. She prayed for them, worked for them, daydreamed herself in those rolls. To date, Debbie has attained almost everything on her list.
Now, am I saying we will all be NY Times bestsellers? Nope. I’m saying we all have the capacity to dream big, and we serve a God who loves to give “good and perfect gifts” to His children. The God of the impossible loves to bless us, to see us succeed, to cheer us on from His Heavenly throne. (Can’t you just visualize Him up there, leaning forward in eagerness, clapping and smiling? “Go, child, go!”)
So go ahead. Make a list. Dream big. Give your dreams to the Father who loves you more than you love your own child. Begin to see (in your heart and mind) those things come to pass.
And remember: Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
What are you hoping for today?
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Winner of the RITA Award for excellence in inspirational fiction, Linda Goodnight has also won the Booksellers’ Best, ACFW Book of the Year, and a Reviewers’ Choice Award from Romantic Times Magazine. Linda has appeared on the Christian bestseller list and her romance novels have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Active in orphan ministry, this former nurse and teacher enjoys writing fiction that carries a message of hope and light in a sometimes dark world. She and husband Gene live in Oklahoma with their daughter, Masha.http://lindagoodnight.blogspot.com/
THE LAWMAN’S CHRISTMAS WISH
Widow Amy James can't get through grocery shopping in Treasure Creek, Alaska, without a marriage proposal. And she's hardly flattered. Most of her "suitors" are after the treasure her great-grandfather had buried on her property. But only one man promised her late husband he'd take care of her and the boys: police chief Reed Truscott. True, Reed is handsome and honest and makes her feel safe. But his honorable marriage proposal is about obligation—not love. Unless he can convince her that his Christmas wish is to join her family forever.