One summer morning a few years ago, God taught me a lesson I will never forget. As I stepped out of my house onto the front porch, I immediately noticed how hot and muggy the air felt. There was no breeze to offer relief … just stagnant, steamy air. However, as I looked at a group of trees on a nearby hill, I noticed how the leaves at the very top were rustling in the wind. Although the air was stifled where I was on the ground, the breeze was flowing freely up in the treetops. At that moment, God showed me a parallel between the scene around me and my own walk with Him.
Life can feel like that still, steamy air when nothing seems to be happening as I pray and believe for my desires to come to pass. However, if I could change my perspective from the natural to the spiritual, I would see that God’s Spirit is indeed stirring in my life. Like those rustling leaves on the treetops, God is always moving on my behalf, even when on the surface, I don’t see, hear, or feel any progress.
Hebrews 11:1 explains, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Although we’d certainly like to receive immediate results, we don’t always see indications that what we hope for is coming to pass. However, even when natural circumstances don’t line up with what we believe, we have faith as the “evidence of things not seen!” We may not feel the breeze just yet, but the leaves on the treetops are still rustling!
Just remain faithful to God. By faith, keep serving Him, seeking Him, loving Him, and believing Him. Heed to these words from Hebrews today: “And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises” (Heb. 6:11-12). So be diligent, hope until the end, and exercise both faith AND patience that you may inherit the promises of God!