Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and
certain of what we do not see.
Hebrews 11:1 (NIV 1984)
Our morning devotional reminded me of this verse. And it jogged a memory of my father.
As he aged, he lost some vision due to a retinal detachment and eventually had difficulty seeing to drive. His anxiety made me fearful of losing my sight as I grew older.
Our infant eyes are so essential to our development . . .
initially seeing almost nothing but shadows,
then shapes and faces,
light sneaks in helping form those shapes and
distinguish those faces,
and then the eyes are so essential to
walking and balancing
and they help us decide as we grow older
if what we see before us is safe, trustworthy
A few times in my life I’ve experienced not being able to see, always just as a surgery was about to begin. Not completely under the effects of the anesthetic and hearing all that was going on around me, I had a strange feeling on hearing someone say, “Dr. Smith is in the OR,” meaning my surgeon had entered the surgical suite.
I can’t see him — I have to trust he is there and will be the one doing my surgery.
The verse from Hebrews reminds us that our faith is like that. It isn’t a tangible object we can reach out and touch. Nor can we receive affirmation that it is real and before our eyes — it isn’t visible.
But the Bible assures us that “faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”
I can live with that. Can you?