Wednesday, March 18
Hebrews 11:1-16 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.
How Will My Faith Story Unfold?
Recently, in a Tuesday night Bible study, I had one of those “aha” moments. You know what I’m talking about, right? It’s a time when something becomes really clear in your mind. We were talking about the Book of Ruth and we were questioning how this one part of the story could have really happened. The specifics of that conversation are not important to this devotion. What is important is the truth I gleaned from that night. That truth is that I should practice my faith the way I watch General Hospital. (Didn’t see that coming, did you?)
When I watch General Hospital, I don’t worry about whether or not something could really happen, but I go with it and enjoy the story. I love the characters, the relationships, and the fact that with a few exceptions, everyone is redeemable. That’s really similar to the Bible. I don’t get hung up on whether something actually could have happened. I look for the truth of the story, the redeeming of people, and what it tells me about relationships, especially my relationship with God.
I watch GH faithfully five days a week. Imagine if I read my Bible faithfully for 40 minutes a day or spent that time in prayer! Our church asked to have at least 10% of our membership praying for an hour a day. That seemed impossible to me. But when I put it in this perspective, maybe my priorities are not lined up exactly where they should be. There are people I share my enthusiasm for GH with, talking with them about the latest plot twist or who is coming back to the show. (Don’t roll your eyes – lots of you have your own shows) Do I share my faith so openly? Am I excited to share about my relationship with God, and what it means in my life?
Finally, when I watch GH, I don’t worry too much about a plot ending. For the most part, it ends the “right” way. It may take awhile, but eventually there’s a satisfaction that comes from the waiting. I have to stay the course, be patient, and trust it will work out. I could say the same for my faith. I want to fast forward through the times that aren’t fun. I don’t want to learn anything from some experiences, and I surely don’t want to be patient. I want everything to come out fine… and right now, please. But looking back, I can say that more often than not, things have turned out fine in the end. If I’m honest, that ending was more satisfying because of the trials that came before. As in GH, we have to stay the course, be patient, and trust it will work out. So, practice your faith the way you watch your favorite show: Share it, embrace it, and practice it faithfully.
Joyce Lynn, COGS
Prayer: Dear Lord, Help me discover hobbies or activities that give me great joy. Help me find the learning there to further my relationship with You.