A Faith Ride

with Patti Foster of KVNE in October, 1998

featured in Megaplex Heritage News


                Growing up in small-town America, my brother and I used to go on what we called “faith rides.”  We’d climb up into our cousin’s monstrous four-wheel drive truck and scream as he wheeled us across swollen rivers and through camouflaged mud holes. (I thought they were sure to swallow us.)

            There was a lot I couldn’t see from where I sat.  My vantage point didn’t allow for a clear view of what was to come, but one thing was for sure:  I always knew we’d be okay.  Unlike my brother and me, my cousin knew what he was doing.  He was well aware of the twists and turns in the road.  He knew the dark holes and muddy waters to come.  He’d been there before.  We hadn’t.  We had to trust him with what we couldn’t see or understand.

            When you get dealt a hand that makes no sense, what do you do?  You might say to yourself, “I didn’t ask for this, I don’t want it, and frankly, I don’t deserve it!”

            Hmm…deserve.  Now that’s a thought, Christ didn’t deserve to die, but He chose to so that we could live. In fact, let’s take this a step further.

            This whole idea of deserving something is a farce in and of itself.  It has its nasty roots in the idea that life is supposed to be fair.

            Fair?  Where’s that in the Bible?  I don’t find anything about fair, but I find everything about faith.  You know the Biblical definition.  “Faith is being sure of what we hope for, and certain of what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1)  Faith has a way of disarming the farce of fairness, and the force of fear.  Faith is the all-consuming conqueror because faith is nestled in the person of Christ.

            Like glue, faith holds us together, even when we feel like we are falling apart.  It’s hard to believe in something we can’t see, but that’s exactly what God expects of us.  Faith makes sense out of the senseless, and gives hope to the hopeless.

            Remember this, when the journey of life takes us over some rough and rugged terrain, choose the four-wheel drive of faith.  It’s the number one spiritual utility vehicle on the market.