Last Spring, David and I took the boat to Chatfield Lake. The State Park had been flooded after Colorado experienced an unusual rainy season. It wasn’t until the water began to recede that we were able to take the boat on the lake, even though the campgrounds were still underwater and temporarily closed. We navigated our boat past a stop sign, and a boat ramp floating in the lake with no solid place to load from. As we tooled around, I reflected on our life in 2008, when we were underwater. When financial crises rained down on us and it seemed there was no way out. Just like this over extended lake, so were we. David became despondent and I was afraid. Have you ever looked at your situation perplexed and think, How can this possibly work out?
On the swollen lake, we navigated through new territory while I thought about how I was forced to live by faith. I’d like to tell you that during our trials I was a spiritual guru who had it all figured out. Scripture says in Romans 1:7, “The righteous shall live by faith.” Nope, no righteous person here. Unlike Peter who stepped out of the boat and onto turbulent waters, I clung to the side of my ship and cried for help. But whether you’re like faithful Peter, or frightful me, faith is the unclouded way even when there’s no solid path to walk on.
God allowed me to experience what it means to live by faith and utter dependence on Him. When provision seemed impossible, He multiplied the loaves and fishes. When spiritually dead hearts were lifeless, He raised Lazarus from the dead. He imparted faith to my faithless heart. I was underwater but now living by faith. Some of our dreams had to die, but He planted new dreams in our hearts. Underwater but living by faith.
Ultimately, our financial outcome was favorable. Not every story has a happy ending, but one thing I’ve learned: we must, must, must, live by faith and not by sight.
“For we live by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7