On my morning run, I came across a mother teaching her two young children the fine art of skipping. I watched as she instructed them to raise their hands high in the air and jump as they attempted to catapult themselves to the next crack in the sidewalk. They were thrilled, laughing and falling out. When I ran by they wildly waved and shouted, still laughing, “wave to the lady!” They all waved and I smiled and waved back. I couldn’t help but catch their enthusiasm. Nor could I help but notice in the midst of these chaotic days, God is teaching us, “skipping is still allowed.” In fact, it is our exercise of faith.
We adults might quip, “well, children don’t know better. They don’t carry our responsibilities.” But perhaps they choose instead the sweet reality of faith that Jesus speaks of in Matthew 18:3. In the Passion Translation he says, “Learn this well: Unless you dramatically change your way of thinking and become teachable, and learn about heaven’s kingdom realm with the wide-eyed wonder of a child, you will never be able to enter in.” Everything in our Christian walk comes to us by humble faith – not by sight, not by personal procurement or manipulation, not by economic prosperity, not by the work of our hands, nor because we find tangible or reasonable answers in our own minds. It comes to us through simple belief backed by bold action…that God is who He says he is and that his work in us does not change based on personal circumstance. In fact, “without faith, it is impossible to please God.” (Hebrews 11:6) He gives us permission to skip in the storms, to find joy in the face of suffering. We can trust him when everything around us is failing and falling apart. By faith we know he holds it all.
In the tension of this present day, God is inviting you skip, asking you to join him in the delightful discovery of a life of faith. Perhaps you need to raise your hands high and jump boldly, trusting God to catch you on the way down. Or skip through the house on the way to the laundry. Celebrate Him in unreasonably joyful ways. Bake a ‘faith cake’ and frost it with scriptures, or perhaps paper a bathroom wall with notecards of what you are “in faith” for in this season. Let his goodness become evident to all. And while we talk about “keeping our children busy,” perhaps let your children keep you busy. Watch how they do life. Let their joy lead you into a deeper trust.
In my household, I have decided to build an altar of stones (Joshua 4), each one commemorating a faithful act of God in this season. They are thoughtfully crafted along the rim of my fireplace mantle. This has become my place of worship and focus. On each, I have written a miracle, a breakthrough, or the hope that I have for this season. In fact, I have stacks of “blanks” waiting next to those already written for the miracles God is yet to bring. I am …IN FAITH. I invite you to join me in this amazing journey, where our tests are shaping testimonies and trials are taking us into new territories, where skipping is allowed and laughter the healing in our families. Selah.