It’s our last day of the 21-day adventure.
Maybe that discourages you because you have more questions about what it means to believe big when you feel small.
May I encourage you?
That’s one of the most amazing aspects to walking in faith. There’s always more to explore. You and I will learn more about living in faith the longer we follow Christ.
The disciples walked daily with Jesus. He showed them how to tap into faith with difficult people. He challenged them to pray in desperate situations. He showed them how to believe big when they felt incredibly small.
Sometimes they got it right away.
Other times they asked questions.
There were many times that, even though they saw it play out right in front of them, that they didn’t understand. Not at first, but eventually they did.
And that’s what makes it faith.
When my son was in kindergarten, his teacher brought in all of the parents and had us sit at the small desks. She handed each parent a sheet of paper. On it were several characters. She said it was the alphabet, though it looked nothing like the real alphabet.
She wrote the first strange character on the board.
“Let’s call this an A, she said. “It sounds like this.”
She made the flat “a” sound. She scratched a different character next to it. “This is a capital A. Sometimes an a sounds like this (she made the flat “a” sound again) and sometimes it sounds like this (she made the long “a” sound).”
She kept going.
“If you say “apple,” it’s a flat “a”, whether it’s capitalized or not. But the word “ape” has the long “a” different sound.”
My head started to swim.
“Now, it’s your turn. All of the alphabet is on that paper. I want you to use those characters to read the paragraph on the back of your paper.”
I’m a pretty smart girl, at least I thought so. I am an avid reader, but it took me a long time to “read” that paragraph. The big “A” looked like one set of sticks and curls. The small “a” looked like another.
When we were finally through, she smiled at all of us.
“That’s what reading feels like for your child when they first begin.”
She shared this example, because she had been teaching for a long time. She had sat with parents who wondered if their child would ever read. Some put pressure on their child. Others scolded them. Others felt like they had failed them in some way.
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When this group of parents felt the frustration of learning to read again (as if the first time), it allowed us to be a lot more patient with our child.
If you still have questions about believing big when you feel small, it makes total sense. It starts to come together. You start to practice it. You begin to live it.
Will you offer yourself patience as you grow into faith?
Like that child first learning to read, it starts making sense. You practice it. You go deeper. You gain a little understanding, which makes you hungry for more.
Before you know it, you are growing spiritually. Then you go deeper, and it feels new all over again. It doesn’t mean that you’ve lost everything you have gained, but that you are climbing one more faith mountain.
You’ll learn more. You’ll go deeper. You might stumble. You might fall flat on your face. You’ll reach for him, and you’ll get back up. You’ll be stronger for it.
That’s what faith looks like.
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Paul, in Ephesians 1, prayed this magnificent prayer over the church. It’s for you, too.
For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.
And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
As we end this 21-day adventure of Believing Big When You Feel Small, may we pray together?
Lord, we want to know you better. We ask that the Holy Spirit opens our eyes to the riches of faith in you. We desire to believe big, not in our own abilities, but in the power of trust. We don’t have all the answers, but thank you that we know where to go with our questions. Lead us. Show us. Teach us. In your powerful name, amen.
Day #21 of Believing Big When You Feel Small
Q: Consider the example of the kindergarten child learning to read. How can we give ourselves the same grace?
Read Ephesians 1:15-23. Underline every gift within this passage. (The first gift is in bold font.)
Ask God for these same gifts. Write it as a prayer in your journal, or share it here so we can pray with you.
Q: How do these gifts help us in our life-long adventure of faith?
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