Give us more faith

Where does faith come from? From God. We cannot conjure it up and it is non-existent unless we realize that our faith is not only in God but from Him. He is the giver of all good things and that includes the faith we need to keep trusting Him. My faith wavers..there are days when I wonder who I am. Did I wake up an atheist? My heart is weighed down and my spirit sags. My life seems to be on hold and my dreams feel dead.

Where is God? I have forgotten His faithfulness..difficulties have come between us. There is nothing else to do but run as fast as possible in His direction..even if I am dragging myself along. He meets me as soon as I move toward Him.  It is like the story of the prodigal son who wasted his inheritance..when he returned home his father embraced him and showered him with love and attention.

God’s faithfulness is unlike anything we can ask or imagine. His plans for our lives are far deeper and richer than our minds can comprehend. Our perspective of what is happening is nothing compared to the larger story that He is unveiling. Our lives have huge significance and He is always working to change us.. to transform us and to bring wholeness into our lives. If we run away..He runs after us. If we stand still.. He embraces us. If we fall.. He picks us up. If we lack faith..He fills us. If we are drowning..He saves us. If we need help.. He rescues us.

The Runaway Bunny

 
Once there was a little bunny who wanted to run away.
So he said to his mother, “I am running away.”
“If you run away,” said his mother, “I will run after you.
For you are my little bunny.”

“If you run after me,” said the little bunny,
“I will become a fish in a trout stream

and I will swim away from you.”

“If you become a fish in a trout stream,” said his mother,
“I will become a fisherman and I will fish for you.”

“If you become a fisherman,” said the little bunny,
“I will become a rock on the mountain, high above you.”

“If you become a rock on the mountain high above me,”
said his mother, “I will become a mountain climber,
and I will climb to where you are.”

“If you become a mountain climber,”
said the little bunny,
“I will be a crocus in a hidden garden.”

“If you become a crocus in a hidden garden,”
said his mother, “I will be a gardener. And I will find you.”

“If you are a gardener and find me,”
said the little bunny, “I will be a bird
and fly away from you.”

“If you become a bird and fly away from me,”
said his mother, “I will be a tree that you come home to.”

“If you become a tree,” said the little bunny,
“I will become a little sailboat,
and I will sail away from you.”

“If you become a sailboat and sail away from me,”
said his mother, “I will become the wind
and blow you where I want you to go.”

“If you become the wind and blow me,” said the little bunny,
“I will join a circus and fly away on a flying trapeze.”

“If you go flying on a flying trapeze,” said his mother,
“I will be a tightrope walker,
and I will walk across the air to you.”

“If you become a tightrope walker and walk across the air,”
said the bunny, “I will become a little boy
and run into a house.”

“If you become a little boy and run into a house,”
said the mother bunny, “I will become your mother
and catch you in my arms and hug you.”

“Shucks,” said the bunny, “I might just as well
stay where I am and be your little bunny.”

And so he did.
“Have a carrot,” said the mother bunny.

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