Due to the pandemic it feels like we have been treading water for so long in so many aspects of life; and I suggest treading water is more tiring than swimming forwards.
The momentum of movement helps us travel.
During some confirmation preparation today I spoke of how the early Christians were called ‘people of the way’ before they were called ‘Christians’. We often speak of faith as a journey and I would suggest that living faith is something that flexes as we encounter new situations.
I’d love to encourage you today that, whether we can leave our homes or not, God always invites us to follow him and flex our faith. In whatever situation we find ourselves we can journey and deepen our understanding of God’s love and mercy as we follow God’s leading.
Our faith tends to grow in one of four ways:
We can draw on God’s word in the Bible to give us insight and hope; or we can ground our faith in the prayers and creeds of our Christian tradition, especially in times of turmoil; or perhaps we will stretch our faith as we engage our reason in thinking about a topic and inviting God into the mix; or perhaps we need to still ourselves long enough to experience the joy and peace of God in our hearts, no matter our circumstances.
Faith is a journey and when we step out in faith and rely on Scripture, Tradition, Reason and personal Experiences of God then we will find our faith life is energized. We do well as we follow Jesus. Let’s choose not to tread water but to go for a refreshing swim!