How do we know if a meter stick is actually the length of a meter?
Easy, you grab a second meter stick and hold them side by side. Wait a minute. How do we know if that second meter stick is truly a meter?
So we head to the hardware store and compare again. But how do we know if that meter stick is a meter?
Next we go to the manufacturer. How does the manufacturer know that their meter stick is actually a meter? (I think you get the idea.)
Eventually, our journey would take us to a small shop in Sèvres, France. There we would find the world’s first meter stick. It’s a bar hung on the wall with the word “metre” above it.
The question is: How do we know if that bar is actually a meter?
The answer, of course, isn’t to continue to go in circles. No, we need to accept and believe that the bar is the length of a meter. We have to have faith.
[Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrew 11:1)]
The journey of faith isn’t a formula where you can simply follow the step by step set of instructions. It’s not a straight path. And yes, we all stumble while on it.
It’s natural to say, “I’m not taking another step. It’s dark and I need the light first to show me the way.” But what’s essential, is taking that step into the dark and having the faith that the light will shine.
Faith is a gift. A gift we all need to work for and prepare ourselves in order to receive it.