Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Faith in God's Call

The Lord had said to Abram,
 “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household
 to the land I will show you.
“I will make you into a great nation,
    and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
    and you will be a blessing.[a]
I will bless those who bless you,
    and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
    will be blessed through you.
Genesis 12:1-3
Great Faith that is what Abram had, that is what he needed. It didn't start out great and wasn't a perfect faith, but because he knew God, it was a faith that Abram trusted God to grow.
And it grew into a Great Faith.  
I think as parents of children with unique abilities and challenges we often know that is what we will need to move forward. God and the willingness to let Him grow our faith. Sometimes it is scary knowing that what we are going to go through, or what we are going through, will require a Great Faith
The unknown is scary, and sometimes so is the known.
Actually I think as parents period, most of us know that a Great Faith is essential to parenting, today more than ever.
But that picture and idea of a Great Faith, oh that is an intimidating thing. Because there is nothing that can make you feel more inferior and ill equipped than parenting.
As special needs parents it can be even more intimidating because this thing that we are called to do, parenting these  uniquely challenged, fragile and often hurting little people, well it is often compared to being dropped off in a country where you do not know the language, or anyone...
except see, you actually do know, because you know Jesus.
More importantly He knows you, and your child. (this is a key piece of information that we need deeply implanted in our hearts, this is what we have to hold onto when we are tempted to hold on to the world)
When I read these verses in Genesis this past Sunday, I thought how it so incredibly described what we, as parents of these unique individuals, are so often called to do. We are called to step out with faith that God will not only provide, but bless, even when we can't possibly imagine how.
With in-utero testing, we now have greater knowledge of issues our children may experience and as a result are faced with options and decisions that are frequently influenced by worldly views of pain, suffering, quality of life and expense. It takes a certain measure of Great Faith to "lean not on our own understanding"(Prov. 3:5) but trust what we know is God's call and promises, not only in these verses in Genesis but also, in his creation of our children who are "fearfully and wonderfully made."(Psalms 139:14)
Sometimes at their birth, we are made aware of a turn in the path we had envisioned in our minds and hearts. We are faced with challenges that seem overwhelming and an idea of an unknown and uncertain future. We have to choose to have faith, Great Faith.
Or it may be weeks or even years later...when we receive the call. The call from God that says this is not going to go the way you thought it was, this is not going to be what you thought it would be.
We choose our response.
We are being called to refocus and step away from where we have grown comfortable. We are being called to have faith. In that call we can often see the imminent discomfort and inevitable worldly pain and it is scary.
Often we grab hold of the world around us and hang on with all that we have. This is where we need God's Word planted firmly in our hearts, where we need that knowledge of Him.
Sometimes, in many places through out all of this, we have the ability and the choice to say no. We can simply tap out and say I am done, I am not going to do it.
We can refuse the call of God.
I think most of us can see how those without a Great Faith can be swayed, can miss the call from God or simply say no.
Oh that Great Faith, we need it.
It's easy enough to say, we will just all have Great Faith and everything will be fine.
Except we can't and it won't.
I wish we could just get it, I wish it did just appear. Who couldn't use a little magically appearing Great Faith.
It just doesn't work that way.
Faith is grown. It is born in the knowledge of God and our choice to believe and if allowed, it is grown into something...great.
When we read through the Bible, when we read those verses in Genesis we see something. We see a pattern, not unlike ones we attempt to establish with our own children to teach them, a consistent pattern that requires trust on our part and is evidenced by the fulfilled promises of God.
Taking that initial step, to answer a call from God is the first step of growth, it is the first step to growing that Great Faith that we need. Just like with establishing this sort of trust in routine with our children, God establishes and grows our faith through His consistency and unfailing faithfulness to fulfill his promises. Promises like the ones in the verses you read at the beginning.
It is our awareness of His promises that will allow us to look back and around us and see the moments. It is when we can see these God moments that have happened, those people, places and things that have showed up, fallen into place and worked out with no other explanation than God, it is there that our faith grows.
It grows to the point that when we are faced with unexpected, seemingly impossible, painful and sometimes devastating circumstances we can rely on our Great Faith and answer God's call.
So I pray...Dear Heavenly Father, may we have eyes to see, ears to hear and hearts that are receptive to Your Word and to Your Call. We know that this path we are finding ourselves on is one of growing Great Faith and we trust that You are the Great Provider and all of our needs, all of our children's needs are met in you and through you. Dear Father let the knowledge of Your Provision and Love be a constant in our hearts and minds.

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