How do you know if you have faith if it is never tested? 

So often, we want to have great faith, but we want to avoid the trials and tribulations that create the faith. 

Hebrews 11:1 KJV

11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

One of my most significant tests of faith was my thumb. I knew that when I went into surgery, my hand would never again work as it had previously. But I believed that God would make an even better way for me.  

Still, there was no guarantee. I had to ignore science, ignore all of the previous doctors’ recommendations that I was not a candidate for surgery, and dismiss the uncertainty. Going into surgery, I asked God to allow my FAITH to be BIGGER than my fear. 

I had to TRUST who God is above all of the noise of the world. I chose to believe that my God would make a way for me. I knew that He loved me enough to stop it all if I was making a mistake. 

I went into surgery with peace in my heart. Instead of thinking about all of the things that might go wrong, I focused on the blessing of a newly constructed hand and a thumb I had never experienced before. 

The journey to get a thumb still makes me cry when I think about it. It was my ultimate test of faith as an adult. I risked never being able to use my left hand again for the opportunity to have a thumb. And God rewarded my faith. 

He rewards those who trust Him. 

Every great thing in my life has happened because I TRUSTED God. I got saved because I trusted that God could and would save me. I took the first step by faith, and God did the rest. He did the saving, and I just believed that He could and wanted Him to. 

I have so many beautiful blessings that I can’t explain. I don’t know how God did it all, I just know He did. And my heart rejoices in His goodness, power, and love. 

By GRACE through FAITH, I am His child!

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