A Test of Faith
“Faith makes us sure of what we hope for and gives us proof of what we cannot see.” — Hebrews 11:1
Last weekend I got to explore a part of England that Id never seen before. A couple of friends from work and I camped at the base of Helvellyn on Friday night ready for the long walk up in the morning.
I was so excited to be in the Lake District for the first time ever as Id seen so many beautiful photos. However it had been raining ever since I was picked up in Stoke (where I was visiting friends and old work colleagues) and I was so scared that it was going to rain the whole weekend we were there and Id be miserable.
Then it hit me…
Why don’t I just pray?
So I did… there and then in the tent at 1.30am in the morning I lay there praying to God asking for weekend to be good fun and the weather to hold off.
And after saying that I felt a sense of peace and I fell back to sleep.
Saturday, 9am… and we’re all up and ready to go. The sky is clouded over… however it has been raining since I was awake at 1.30am.
I was ready… excited and felt this peace in knowing that God had it all under control and it wasn’t going to rain.
That’s when one of my friends turned around and said something along the lines of “I really hope its not going to rain today.”.
Which I then cheerfully replied, “It wont… I spoke with the Big Man.”
And to cut a long story short… It didn’t rain the whole time, and actually as we started to climb higher to fog cleared and the sun came out to reveal and stunning landscape in front of us, running for miles.
I love those moments… trusting in God that he’s in control. You may say… oh well it was a coincidence, but it’s happened on a number of occasions.
One time I remember my family and I were heading to the Big Church Day Out (which is an outdoor music festival) and it was raining on the way down.
However I had spoken with the Big Man… and no joke the whole day it didn’t rain and it looked like there was a ring in the sky over the Big Church Day Out keeping the rain out.
These moments remind me of the story in the Bible where Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were thrown into the fiery furnace. They trusted God and were untouched by the flames. (Daniel 3:8–30)
Now that is a strong faith.
It says in Mark 11:24
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
So that’s my challenge for not only everyone reading this, but to myself aswell. Pray more, and trust in God that he has everything under control and if there is a need (like the weather) trust that He can do it and see what happens…