“For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?”  —Romans 8:24

I’ll be honest:  there are times when I’m making cookies or peeling corn-on-the-cob that I feel a lot more job satisfaction than I do when I’m writing these blogs. The reason is obvious. I get direct results with the corn and the cookies. They turn out right the first time, and I know people enjoy them. It’s tangible. (Maybe that explains why I recently discovered I had four bags of flour on my kitchen shelf! I’m subconsciously trying to stay relevant.)

These blogs, on the other hand—who knows?

We writers wrestle and revise. We pray and post. This craft rarely turns out great the first time around. And as far as people enjoying them…You do your best and put it out there.

And wait.

And wait.

Then it starts to feel like yesterday’s news. But you decide to pass out your blog cards anyway, and when you do, someone looks at you like, “What are you selling?”

You ask yourself: What AM I selling? Why it’s a relationship with Jesus, of course!

One woman I gave a blog card to (in church, no less) said, “I don’t do blogs!” But when pressed by her neighbor, the lady admitted she didn’t even know what a “blog” was. Then she said, “Oh, OK.”

You know, I’m kinda shy to start with, so a perceived indifference can rattle my sense of WHY am I doing this?

But, alas! It’s back to the beginning, where I felt called—and still do—to tell people about God. It is, after all, the most important thing, and it just happens to be intangible and invisible. And His news never grows old or irrelevant. On the contrary! Our culture is what’s irrelevant.

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see,” says Hebrews 11:1. 

So…I’m putting my faith and confidence in what I hope to accomplish—spreading God’s Word and strengthening believers. I will not know the full results until I die.

When you think about it, there are a ton of references in the Bible about what we do NOT see. 2 Corinthians 5:7 summarizes it this way:  For we live by faith, not by sight. A great comfort to those of us who are visually impaired and may feel like we’re missing something important. God is saying, “No, the most important things are unseen.” You know,   like faith, hope, love, and eternal life.

Sometimes it seems to me that God’s ways and the world’s ways are 180 degrees apart. I have to remind myself about this truth constantly because I can get so fixed on the here and now, fixed on only the things I can see. Know what I mean? 

It really calls for us to be intentional about pulling back, getting quiet, being in the Word, and actively seeking Him.

It is THEN that we will experience true satisfaction—living water for our thirsty souls in a spiritually-barren landscape. No worries about concrete results or immediate knowledge of the outcome.

I’m grateful we can do this. Grateful that God makes a way and gives us the gift of His Word, His assurance, His hope and promises. It’s enough to get us through. 

So let’s be sure to seek Him out. Let’s keep wrestling with the work He’s called us to do, and put our trust in the only trustworthy source—Jesus.

Your Fellow Traveler,