by: Vince Russell
What sense does it make to have faith in the unseen? Why would I consciously choose to believe in a God who I cannot touch with my own hands or see with my own eyes?
In my mind, I can see Your face
As Your love pours down in a shower of grace
Some people tell me that You’re just a dream
My faith is the evidence of things unseen
- Excerpt from “Mind’s Eye” by DC Talk
I can tell you why in many ways, but for sake of writing a novel, I’ll just share a few details.
From the age of 16 until 18, my last two and a half years of high school, I was involved in drugs, heavy drinking, partying, complete disregard for authority and sexual sin.
During my junior year of high school, I was one suspension away from being expelled. I had been arrested, written up 12 times resulting in two suspensions, fled the scene of an accident (which could have resulted in jail time), kicked out my house, cheated on twice by two different girls, stabbed in the back by multiple “friends” and lost all connection with the church. My life was a complete wreck. I cared about no one but myself. I had no hope. I was lost.
My life has been spared on multiple occasions. I’ve done more reckless things in my life than I could ever share in a short article. However, my Savior has watched over me, taken care of me and provided for me when I have doubted Him most.
Why do I say all of that? Because time and time again, my life has been filled with hope, with love, with peace and with restoration. Because time and time again, my faith has been restored. Time and time again, my God has proven Himself when He did not have to do so.
Yes, there have been hard times. There have been many low times. Life has not been easy by any means. But He’s always remained faithful. Every wrong decision I have made has resulted in either an invaluable lesson learned or a path corrected and used for His purpose.
“Can you see God? Have you ever seen Him? I've never seen the wind. I've seen the effects of the wind, but I've never seen the wind. There's a mystery to it!"
– Rev. Billy Graham
For all those reasons – for all of His faithfulness – I choose to believe in a Creator I cannot see.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?"