Sunday, April 5, 2009

Faith and Falling

A couple of you asked where to read the writings of Leigh McLeroy. I'm reading her book, The Beautiful Ache: Finding the God Who Satisfies When Life Does Not.

Last week I read a chapter called FAITH AND FALLING, The Ache of Trusting. After describing some wild leaps of faith that included skydiving, Leigh went on to use the example of Mary, which left me pondering. "Mary faithfully received the words of the angel and just as trustingly received 'the Word implanted' that was able to save her soul and mine. And her one sustained 'yes' brought his sweet kingdom closer than it had ever been before. Trusting does that every time."

She goes on to say, "If Mary had doubted that God meant to do good both to and through her, she might not have answered as she did. But she didn't trust the plan—she trusted the One who made the plan. She couldn't see the future, but with her eyes of faith she could see the One who shaped it. Her steadfast assurance of God's love compelled her to relinquish control of her very body to a preposterous idea, but God opened her heart long before he invaded her womb. She confessed her frailty and admitted that she was the recipient of power ('May it be done to me . . . ') but not its source. She took the free fall of faith because she was already a woman in love."

The words flow from my fingertips as tears flow down my cheeks, even now. Such power in this writer's language to represent our own. Speaking directly to us, she concludes: "If God has placed you in a moment that requires trust—or the long sustaining of it—he has brought you to a place of great intimacy and possibility. Trust is for lovers, not for strangers. So instead of asking 'Do I dare?' why not ask instead, 'Am I loved?' If the answer is yes, then trust is the only reasonable response."

"Trust is for lovers, not for strangers." Wow. I hadn't thought of it that way, really. Have you? Being placed in a position where we have to trust the Lover of Our Soul, whether in finances, friendships, or the future, CONFIRMS our relationship with Him; it doesn't challenge it. Are you feeling the release of that? I pray so.


christianne said...

I can so relate to this "faith and falling" feeling this year. I appreciate the perspective that faith is a response to love.

Cheri Gregory said...

"Trust is for lovers, not for strangers."

Oh. My. Goodness.

So true. I'd never thought of it that way, but now that someone else says it, it's so obvious!

Must weave this into the talk I'm giving the seniors in three weeks!!!

ImageBearer said...

Cheri, I had the same reaction. Gives me chills to think you'll be sharing this example with seniors who know love . . . or so they think. ;-) Let me know the response!

Heidi said...

found your blog thru facebook and Brian Palmer, we go to church together....and just wanted to comment on Leigh, I love reading Wednesday Words...she can touch my heart so many weeks....thank you for sharing

ImageBearer said...

Hi Heidi! Thanks for stopping by. Nice to meet a fellow Leigh fan. She does have such an amazing way with words.

Heidi said...

I also just saw that you are presenting at son and his wife graduated from there in 2006...small world!
AND I like Ken Gire!

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brettrad said...

"And her one sustained 'yes' brought his sweet kingdom closer than it had ever been before. Trusting does that every time."

The "yes" is important - but the "sustained yes" is huge. I often lay something at God's feet only to pick it back up again when I figure out a solution.

Thank you so much for sharing this! It is just what I needed to hear.

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