Sometimes in life we are faced with a crisis of belief. Circumstances arise that make us ask, “God, what are you doing here? Why are you doing it?”
Where do you go for answers? I suggest God’s Word, the Bible.
In 2003 my wife and I received the unexpected and somewhat joyful news that we were expecting our second child. I say somewhat joyful, because the last two pregnancies had ended in miscarriage, one recent enough that this pregnancy would be considered higher risk. We really didn’t want to suffer loss again. We sought information in the form of an amniocentesis test to see how this pregnancy was going with all its risks. Surely this test for abnormalities would help ease our mind. At least we hoped that it would. The test came back inconclusive.
I was a new Christian and had been reading the Bible regularly. I searched it for some comfort and guidance during this time as we faced one issue or another in the progress of whom I had begun calling, “little baby Wyatt.” As time progressed, we prayed and waited and trusted. There were concerns but also a peace about everything. Somehow, I felt certain that everything would be alright. Then, halfway through the pregnancy we received the news that changed everything. Little Baby Wyatt was not the boy I expected him to be. We needed a new name for the child that would turn out to be our healthy, happy, and beautiful daughter.
We were not out of the worry woods yet, so to speak, but at this point I had the assurance of things hoped for in my heart. I had the confident conviction that my daughter, yet unseen, would be fine. I also had the name for her, which as you must have guessed by now is Faith. The comfort and guidance I sought from God’s Word had been written on my heart. “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” – Hebrews 11:1, ESV