It was windy when we decided to hike Ryan Mountain in Joshua Tree. My friends and I lost our footing several times as we hiked to the top. Feeling the cold gusty winds, I was overwhelmed by its presence. I could not see it, only its effect on everything around me. I grabbed my jacket tight—committed to walking in the storm instead of being stopped by it.
I have experienced this storm on the inside, too, when life takes its wrong turns and things seem in upheaval. It is then I must walk by faith, not by sight.
Faith is how we exercise God's authority in our lives. It is responsible for much good in the world and enables us to do things we thought impossible—both achieving and enduring great things.
Faith allows us to see past our circumstances and believes that something else is out there, something worth holding onto that is more important. Hebrews 11:1 says, "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance in what we do not see."
Faith is about being faithful and trusting God's better plan even when life doesn't make sense. We impact others for Christ by living faithfully—staying committed to doing good even when it doesn't seem to matter, being kind when no one else is, and loving others without requiring anything in return.
Life can be terrifically unfair sometimes, and we may not understand why things happen as they do. Faith tells us it's not about our circumstances but how we live out our faith in those circumstances, hold on to hope, and keep doing good even when it doesn't seem to make a difference.
If you are in one of those storms now—keep walking by faith, knowing God, like the wind is working powerfully in and around you.