A Good Word: The Purest Acts of Faith

Gem took this shot of me recently at Laguna Beach. She's good, isn't she?
Gem took this shot of me recently at Laguna Beach. She's good, isn't she?

“…the purest acts of faith always feel like risks. Instead of leading to absolute quietude and serenity, true spiritual growth is characterized by increasingly deep risk taking. Growth in faith means willingness to trust God more and more, not only in those areas of our lives where we are most successful, but also, and most significantly, at those levels where we are most vulnerable, wounded, and weak. It is where our personal power seems most defeated that we are given the most profound opportunities to act in true faith. The purest faith is enacted when all we can choose is to relax our hands or clench them, to turn wordlessly toward or away from God. This tiny option, the faith Jesus measured as the size of a mustard seed, is where grace and the human spirit embrace in absolute perfection and explode in world-changing power.” (Gerald May. Addiction and Grace. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1988, p. 128)

How does this experiential description of faith intersect with your own journey?

Where has God been inviting you to trust Him more?

How has it felt to come to deeper expressions of trust in God?

2 thoughts on “A Good Word: The Purest Acts of Faith

  1. The experiential description is so profound. I feel a need to reflect on each sentence and have God search my heart at its most vulnerable, wounded and weak levels.

    Trust Him more?…Oh…my kids, that is always at the top of my list. I say it over and again: “I want for you what God wants for you”. Why is it so hard to remain constantly surrendered?

    1. Anita–may God’s grace encourage you in the journey. I’m with you that trusting God with my own sons’ lives is one of the greater challenges. (And, by the way, thanks for all you are doing to welcome Jon & Lisa to their new church community)

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