The day after New Year's I met a new friend over coffee. She and I have been following each other for some time on Instagram and it was wonderful to connect in person. We talked for a few hours and it was something she said that’s been with me every single day this year.  

It may not have been novel, but it was the paradigm shifting revelation I much needed. 

She said, we need to take our focus off the visible and put it on the calling, the pull on our heart.  

What would happen if I consistently follow where the Spirit leads me, regardless of how it looks, what the numbers are, or how I feel? I genuinely want to know!  

Year after year I’ll begin a project and get discourage by what I perceive. This blog is a great example of how often I’ve given up because of what I see.  

I’ll write for a month, maybe, then think, ‘oh, no one cares if I stop’. I conclude that based on the numbers, on what is visible to me. My first post on this blog is dated January 2016, where would I be if I were faithful to something I clearly want to do? That fact that 4 years later I’m still writing indicates I love this. And I do, I love it very much. However, I’d much prefer my consistency to illustrate that.  

A few days ago I came across this scripture that has profoundly deepen this message: “For this is what the Lord says: You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water, and you, your cattle and your other animals will drink.” 2 Kings‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭NIV‬‬ 

In this passage, 3 kings are off to battle a common enemy. After marching for a week, just 7 days, they ran out of water. I feel confident in saying they weren’t prepared. It’s crazy to me that 3 different kingdoms would go to war and not have enough water for a week. Yet, there God was doing what he does best, showing up and being faithful. Without any visible signs, God supplied and led those kingdoms to victory.  

What would’ve happened had they allowed those seemingly short comings to stop them? What would’ve happened had they surrendered on day 7 when it looked like they didn’t have what they needed? 

I believe we all can answer that. I don’t know if you’re like me and dependent on the visible to trust God and the calling he’s placed in your life. If so let me remind us that “faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do NOT see.” Hebrews‬ ‭11:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬  

I’d like to invite you to join me in the pursuit of a faithful life. Goodness knows it’s challenging. I don’t know what’s ahead, but I want to consistently show up for it regardless of what I see.