A rainy day. So what does a rainy day like this bring to my mind?
No amount of intellectual thinking or educated brain or brilliance or wit can take you to that point of faith. It can't and never will be able to fathom the wonder and mystery of it. Research it but still you will feel empty inside. Experiment on it and it will only lead you back to where you started... still wondering.
Sometimes we just don't get it, do we? Even if others who know have tried with their stories and lives to tell us what it truly is. Even if we see dozens like them with our eyes, still we don't get it.
But I know why we still don't. So then ... you ask why?
Our hearts are not paying attention. It takes on a lot --- fear, joy, sadness, grief, hate, resentment, bitterness, loneliness, love, hope --- but always and always it finds it so hard to have faith.
Faith is nothing you can cause by yourself alone. It's not the magic that happens with a wish-upon-a-star or a wave of your fairy godmother's magic wand. It's not a piece of candy in a candy store that looking so gorgeous you want it for yourself too. It is not even when you are down in misery crying buckets that would qualify you to hold it in your hand.
It's far more than that... and yet so simple too.
Because all that you have to do is simply to open up your heart and let God with his gentle and loving hands put faith in there.
And when you ever find it, it can be so fragile and fleeting that if you don't hold it close and nurture it... it will fly away. The fire of faith has to be rekindled again and again, nurtured with our life day after day. It's life depends on the life you put into it with your heart.
Faith is a gift ... a gift you can ask for, pray for, live for.
"Faith is an oasis in the heart which can never be reached by the caravan of thinking" --- Kahlil Gibran
A blessed Monday to everyone. :-)
(Quote and image courtesy of a good friend.)