Faith involves trusting in the Divine. The tricky part is that faith does not come easily. We cultivate faith by having trust. We also cultivate faith by overcoming fear.
Having fear part is easy. Overcoming it is more difficult. We have plenty of opportunities to learn fear in our lives. Often it is by hearing about something that can happen to us. The plethora of horror and crime novels and movies only adds to the mix.
Those of us needing to overcome fear and learn to trust and have faith simply need to ask the Divine for help. We can ask God to show us a sign by putting something in our lives that is unexpected, pleasurable, and leaves no doubt in our minds that it came from Him. Traditional religious paths taught us that we should not ask for signs; we should just have faith. This is unreasonable with adults. Our reasoning abilities work with the feedback we are given. God knows this and is willing to help.
Faith is a wonderful thing. It allows us to go through life unafraid, knowing we are not alone. Even when things are not going well, faith allows us to look for the blessing in every situation. We know we do not face challenges alone. And we know the challenge is not for nothing, we will reap something of later use for us in life.
Having faith is when we know that God has it covered. It is in accepting that everything happens for a reason and that God does not give us more than we can handle. This is not easy to do at first. It is especially challenging when things go wrong.
As we go through life cultivating faith, we start to notice that the hills and valleys get less high and less deep. We realize when something happens that it is for a reason. We look for the lesson or the benefit we can reap from it. It begins to be automatic: the car will not start so we know that we are not supposed to go, either because something harmful would be there or something better is somewhere else. We get sick and realize we had made a to-do list that was way too long. We have a date with someone who never calls back and realize that he or she is not the right partner.
Cultivating faith is rewarding. It allows us to relax and not fret about life. Spirit can also help us more when we are faithful. We notice this when a major hailstorm hits and our house is the only one with no broken windows. God does not punish those with less faith. But faith is the open door by which blessings enter. And do not forget to give thanks for these blessings.
Having faith means we know that a Benevolent Being is in charge, that everything will ultimately turn out for the best and that all is good and very good. Faith is a wonderful virtue to cultivate. Having faith allows us to relax.
We all have small nuggets of faith inside of us. They are left from our childhoods when we believed in all things wonderful. We can bring back that faith by concentrating on it and letting it grow. We can contemplate all the things in life that worked out just perfectly and remember that they are not just coincidences.
We can ask for more faith. This is especially important during those dark nights of the soul when we feel our faith is empty and when we think we are alone. “Lord I believe, help my unbelief,” is a favorite prayer for increasing faith.
Focusing on our faith during good times will give us the strength to get through challenging times. Faith becomes something always remembered. Faith is always there, by allowing it to be, we become accustomed to its continuous presence.
We are never alone. And nothing happens that is not ultimately for the best and highest good. Remember this in challenging times and relax. Having faith means we do not need to fret or worry. All will be well.