There’s a movie from 2012, “The Magic of Belle Isle”, starring Morgan Freeman, among others. Freeman plays the retired author of western dime novels who has hit a low point in his life, and is summering in a tourist community called “Belle Isle”. As it happens, his cottage is next door to that of a soon-to-be divorced woman and her three young daughters—one of whom desires that “Monty Wildhorn” (Freeman) teach her how to write stories…and she’s prepared to pay him from the allowance she’s saved up. By the end of the film all the characters’ lives have been changed and infused with hope for the future. I highly recommend this feel-good family story.
The gold nugget I gleaned from it comes in the scenes where “Monty” is imparting his gift of storytelling to the girl. It’s all about nudging one’s imagination to leap past what one can see in the “real”. As he tells her so succinctly, “never stop looking for what’s not there”.
To me, this speaks of faith as well. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen”.*
Although I know His Presence intimately, I cannot say I’ve actually “seen” God with my eyes. Yet, when I took hold of faith in Him, I chose to believe much that was invisible—in effect, to see with my heart. His promises throughout the Bible encourage me to flip the modern sales pitch, “you have to see it to believe it”, to “believe it, and see it”.
What Jesus says in Matthew 18:3, that unless we “change and become as little children” we’ll “never enter the Kingdom of Heaven”, is very appealing to some adults (myself)—because aside from the weighty import of His words, they carry a bit of magic in the miraculous.
The more I know the Lord through reading His Word, and visualizing all the recorded miracles He did, the more exciting the challenge becomes to face what seem to be impossible circumstances with an eye for at least a glimpse of sparkle amid the darkness. The Gospel of John 20:30-31 says: “Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.”
Faith is like a muscle—once you begin exercising it, you’re hooked on the endorphin release. I started by believing the answered prayers and miracles in the Bible…then one day I prayed a brave prayer—and was stunned when God answered it immediately. That doesn’t happen every time, but it’s a faith-builder whenever He answers. As you exercise, watering the “mustard seed” of faith with some sweat, it grows a bountiful tree.
Some Believers, prayer warriors for many years, are still waiting for a specific promise from God to be manifested in their lives. They’ve learned what the fictional Monty Wildhorn knew—to never stop looking for what’s not there…because if “it” is a promise of God, then by faith it IS there—if only behind the curtain, yet to be unveiled.
Trusting in Jesus, there’s no comfort and assurance like it; as the song below says, “I’ve seen Him move mountains” in my life—and I have zero doubt that He’ll do it again. Stepping out in faith to believe that God IS who He says He is, the Great I AM; that He loves me, and sent His Son JESUS to forgive my sins and redeem my life from the pit for His good purposed plan of blessing and destiny—this is the greatest adventure I can imagine.
Christ’s resurrection power is writing the victory chapters of my story even now, in my silver season. So you can bet that I’m watching, peering into the horizon for what and who have not arrived…YET.
May you be blessed this week with a boost of fresh faith, and every good thing from God’s abundant storehouse ♥Jael
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For in this hope we were saved; but hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he can already see?
2 Corinthians 4:18
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 5:7
For we walk by faith, not by sight.
By faith Moses left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw Him who is invisible.
Scripture verses credit: biblehub.com
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