I thought I knew what faith was. I even had a default definition somewhere in my mind; not perfect, but good enough—believing in something you can’t see.
But is that all?
It took some soul searching to find more. However, somehow, it all pointed back to my default definition, depending on your interpretation.
Before something happens, you can consider your certainty and belief in its outcome your faith. But don’t we also perceive certain people or things in particular ways? With our perceptions, may come our absolute belief in them to live up to our expectations of them—our faith in them.
Something I found interesting about faith, is that we often need it at our lowest or amidst much doubt. Without faith in such situations, we may find them worse or have a hard time sailing through. Also, when there are no questions or troubles, there is no reasonable need for faith.
So, does faith provide answers? Or move mountains of troubles?
Well, it is perhaps what most of us, if not all, would hope for. But I feel that we have the answers; we probably just haven’t climbed over our mountains to the valleys full of them.
I do not think that faith changes outcomes. The universe works in inexplicable ways.
When we fail to achieve what we desire, we may later gain much and perhaps better than the former (you may or may not see a difference, depending on your perspective of outcomes)—faith inspires patience, which eventually reminds us that everything works out for the best or at least eventually works out. Again, you may or may not feel that way, depending on your perspectives or perceptions.
What about miracles?
It can be exciting to think we understand how everything in this world, including us, works, but I don’t think we do. We may think the next second is predictable, but it every once in a while, or often (if not always), proves us wrong.
Isn’t a miracle something of the “faith” kind? Something we have not seen before, or may not have thought possible?
Well, I also believe that a miracle is one of the things we do not entirely, if at all, understand and never may (at least not in this life); an unpredictable of every moment.
However, what miracles have taught me is that there exists a greater power in and beyond this world—much we cannot comprehend and that faith, in each case, must be 100% (absolute).
More thoughts on this?
Absolutely immersing your heart and mind in anything outside of yourself may never turn out well. You also may not have room for questions. The things you do with the eyes of within and without closed have a high likelihood of narrowing your perspectives.
I do not mean you should relinquish faith. Share this view with me:
We have all the answers we seek; we do not always see them, for among other reasons, our little faith in ourselves. Faith may not provide any answers or solutions—going with the “patience” reasoning, having faith can keep you going long enough to discover the answers in you.
Therefore, I find one of the most important questions you could ask before blinding your faith, to be: do I believe enough in myself and my capability?
Why that question?
Before you look up to a higher power for a miracle, it may be a good idea to explore the power and greatness bestowed on you. Any beauty in it? I see plenty, but perhaps, most importantly: lesser expectations, thus, lesser disappointments.
Dear one, believe without ceasing, but first, in yourself. You are perfect. You are whole. You are power itself and, oh, if you could see all the answers that patience, and time, and of course, faith in yourself can serve, you perhaps would not allow room for hopelessness.
Benson Langat is a poet, fiction writer, and freelancer. A dreamer, he realizes a world of possibilities through stories and explores life in poetry. Benie is a dad and lives in Nairobi, Kenya.