Snowy Owls are actually animals that are leery of people. They do not seem that way at first. You can often get very close to these critters. The will preen and look everywhere but at you. Or so it seems. They actually keep their eyes and ears keenly tuned into everything around them. They are of little faith, but in a good “I’m a survivor” sort of fashion.
You need at least a little faith to realize that. You can then, settle down to some great image making.
Children, especially animal children, often have blind faith. All good faith will eventually become obvious. Foolish faith in humans like me, can cause problems. These young Yellow-bellied Marmots were fully into play. I suppose they counted on their parents to watch and protect.
Foolish faith in what might be ungodly, uncaring or evil humans, can be a problem for the naïve.
Faith that might suggest, that a human who is 500 times bigger than me, certainly won’t step on me, is not faith, it is merely a lack of thought. This toad eventually came to lack the faith it had in me and departed from the area….if I remember correctly.
There are ungodly people in this world and some would hurt you or your children. We live in a world where God gave us “free-will”. Being judicious in our appraisals of our fellow humans is not a lack of faith. It is about using the sense God gave us. God will save you from those perils if it is His decision to do so at that time. It does not mean we should walk in front of speeding cars because of our Salvation. Many good Christians are dieing around the world as I write this, because they continue to share God’s Word. There is a difference in that and losing your life on earth for no reason. Let us go from this life when God calls us and not before.
Today’s blog post is obviously about faith. It is also about Faith, with a capital letter.
For my entire life, I have struggled with faith. Having faith in the weather, people, myself, the world, education, politics, religion and more, has always been a chore for me. I seem to be a born cynic.
As I have mentioned on this blog before, for one year of my life in my teens, I came to the oh so brilliant conclusion, that God was just a fallacy. Round bout a year later God spoke to me in order to set things straight. He did so though science. Science can be a good thing, or a not so good thing. It can be a lie or the truth.
Evolution is true. Well, sort of true. I came into existence as a human being, as a fertilized egg, and I evolved into a baby out in the world. Then I was a small child and I evolved into adolescence. I grew up and then I began to evolve, or devolve if you will, into an old man. So to speak.
Because a songbird in the Galapagos Islands evolved a new beak when its food source left and it needed to eat a different food source, is merely a great example of how God created a world that can change to survive. It has nothing to do with humans evolving from apes, which evolved from something else, until we finally reach an microscopic ameba type creature, which lived in the ocean. That is a reach. Of course most evolutionists stop there. I want to know where the ameba came from? And then where did that creature come from?
About one year after my epiphany of a godless world, God spoke to me and told me, I am here, and you will know it eventually.
I went on to spend some of the most godless years of my life, or anybody’s life, despite the fact that I knew there was a God. I still did not know Him personally. I had to reach the bottom, before I could allow myself to be lifted up. Don’t let that happen to you. When originally God spoke to me that He was there, I only accepted the parts that I wanted to accept.
I now know God, the one and only God, personally. Through Jesus Christ. If I can do it, you can do it, and in less time, with fewer heartbreaks, while being able to accomplish more.
You see God not only offers us an eternal life, He offers us joy to accompany the sad times while we are here, so we never forget, there is a God.
We accept God’s gift, because he will give us the faith that we need, if we want it.
Nobody is forced.
Faith, is a gift from the one and only God!
Please take note, when you read the Clint Eastwood quote above, I am not suggesting that we force prayer on public school children. I am however suggesting a few moments each day for students to pray if they choose, in the quietness of their own hearts (the terminology of a pastor I follow), or if preferred, to spend the time just thinking. It would be a good avenue to pursue.
Equality in schools, does not mean abolishing faith, but rather it means recognizing it.
I have been crucified with Christ. Never the less I live, but Christ who lives in me, and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.