Sara Claudia's Story
Ever cried out for help?
Knees raw, cheeks stained with tears.
Confused and wondering why God has left us like this?
As we celebrate the Easter season, let's remember one important thing. We do not base our decisions, our emotions or our actions on what we see.
We choose to focus on what is unseen, what is eternal.
We choose to let faith be bigger than our fears.
To help us remember this, I'm excited to introduce you to my friend, Sara Claudia. She lives in Georgia but her message is one I believe should be read far and wide.
Since losing my sight in 2015, 2 Corinthians 5:7 has become my motto. It says,
For we walk by faith, not by sight.
Over the last five years, I have seen this verse ring true in my life both spiritually and literally as I navigate the world without my sight. Merriam Webster defines faith as, “Belief in, loyalty to, and complete trust in God, and as a firm belief in something for which there is no proof.” So, what does it mean to navigate the world solely on your trust in God and on your belief in the unseen? What does it mean to walk by faith and not by sight?
To Keep Moving, Even if You Don’t Know Where You are Going Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Those are some of the truest words I have ever heard! In this way, “Walk by faith, not by sight” means, even though you might not be able to see where you’re going, you keep moving!
In Exodus 13, God is leading the Israelites out of Egypt. Instead of taking the easier, more direct route that they were more familiar with, God delivers them through the wilderness. You see, God knew what was ahead. He knew that the better journey for the people was the one that, to them, seemed harder and more treacherous. Moses and the Israelites, whom he was leading, did not know which way to go as they walked along, but God made his presence known.
After leaving Sukkoth they camped at Ethan on the edge of the desert. By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. - Exodus 13:20-22
Even though the people did not know where they were going, they kept moving and looked to God as their guide.
Just like the Israelites, I had a very long, hard, and unfamiliar journey ahead of me after losing my sight, and I had no idea which way to turn. God did not choose to heal me physically, although this would have been the easy way out of my troubles. Instead, he chose to deliver me through the hardships and grief that my disability brought.
God showed his presence to the Israelites as he guided them with a pillar of clouds and a fire by night. By following these signs, the Israelites were indeed delivered from Egypt. I, too, had to search for God’s presence during my first few months of blindness, and I still lean heavily on His guidance today.
Without my sight or a pillar of fire to guide me, I had to turn to my faith. When faced with my disability, I couldn’t see the whole staircase, the whole big picture of my life, but I just took one little step at a time. Trusting that God would show me that next step and guide me as I went, just like Moses and the Israelites in the wilderness.
To Understand That There is More Than What Can Be Seen When I lost my sight, I quickly became a lot less concerned with how I looked. Sure, I still wanted my hair to look nice and for my clothes to match, but I no longer spent what seemed like hours in front of the mirror making sure my makeup was perfect and each strand of hair was in the right place. It just was not as important to me anymore.
Likewise, when I encountered others, I focused more on what they said, the emotion in their tone, and the truth behind their statements rather than what they were wearing or if they were having a good hair day.
As 2 Corinthians 4:18 tells us, those things are not that important anyway.
As we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. - 2 Corinthians 4:18
Like 2 Corinthians 5 tells us, this worldly body is really just a tent anyway. We have a much better dwelling place waiting for us in heaven, and what we “see” is not going to get us there, but what is in our hearts surely will.
So, walking by faith and not by sight means that we live today according to God’s promises, even though we cannot see them, and not according to the temporary, arbitrary things that our eyes often focus on here on earth.
To Trust God…. Even When You Can’t See Him Working I think we have all had times in our lives when we think, “Is God even listening?” “Is He there at all?” I know that I have definitely had these thoughts.
When we are facing something difficult and we don’t seem to get any relief from the pain, worries, or anxieties that it brings, even after praying relentlessly, it can be easy to feel as though God has abandoned us. I prayed constantly for healing after I lost my sight, and still do, but I still cannot see. Does that mean that God was not or is not working in my life? No way!
I’ll admit, I was very disappointed at first when I did not receive physical healing. I knew God had the power to do it, so why was he doing nothing? It took me time to realize that he was working in my life, just not the way that I wanted or could see at the moment.
He was making me more patient so that I could wait for a new purpose.
He was making me more confident, despite my disability, so that I could share what he had done in my life with others.
We can see a Biblical example of this in the book of Esther. Did you know that God is not mentioned once in this book? His hand is evident throughout it though.
He prepared Esther by making her queen and giving her courage, softened the king’s heart towards Mordecai at the right time, and gave the Jews relief from their sorrow through all the events that would follow.
Walking by faith, not by sight means that, even though we may not see God working right now, we trust and believe that he is preparing us for blessings and relief from what we are facing somewhere down the road.
It means that we keep rejoicing and praising Him through the hard times, knowing that God is still in control.
“Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory.” -1 Peter 1:8
Let's find strength in scripture knowing God never leaves us or abandons us. Let's find joy knowing the things that are seen, our circumstances, are temporary. Let's find peace focusing on the things that are unseen. Let's find rest as we cling to the eternal and remember "not seen" does not mean "not real." That's where faith comes in.
The good life, well it starts with a good day. Then another. Then another. Let's choose to live #TheGoodDay one day at a time.
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