By Jacqui Crumrine, Associate Pastor-Worship and Arts
If Believing Is Seeing…What Do You See?
It may be too early for this; I apologize in advance, but what’s running through my head is a line from the movie “The Santa Clause” (it’s a holiday classic with Tim Allen). Tim Allen’s character, through a chain of events, finds himself at the North Pole struggling to take it all in, as he’s talking to an elf. He can’t believe what he is seeing! The elf chuckles and says, “You’re missing the point. Seeing isn’t believing. Believing is seeing!”
If believing is seeing, what do I see? A few weeks ago, I preached a sermon on Psalm 126. It’s a Psalm of Ascent that the people sang on their journey to worship in Jerusalem. It’s a song of praise, but it includes some feelings of pain and fear.
“Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy.” Psalm 126:5
I feel that verse. I can remember times when I was planting, and it was through tears and pain. It was hard. I felt like I had tunnels vision at times. I couldn’t see past the pain. Eventually, I was taking steps of obedience, but I wasn’t quite sure if anything would come of it. I couldn’t see the harvest of joy; I could only see the pain and the seeds in front of me. Have you ever felt like that? Like you couldn’t see anything but the pain?
There is a posture shift that occurs when we believe that God is with us that allows us to see. It’s not a dream, fantasy, or a myth that we put our Hope in. Our hope is in the belief that the Creator of the universe is at work in all things, even in the pain, confusion, and tears. That God is still creating and that He can take mourning and turn it into dancing. He can make beauty from ashes. He can take the mess and create something beautiful! And most of the time, I have to believe that I am the mess, and He’s taking me and making something beautiful. I just have to believe it, so that I can see it.
This week I took some time to make a mess (that was the action step from the sermon, did you do it?) I went to the park with my canvas, paints and supplies and just started moving paint around. I took a few pictures because I like to use them as backgrounds for stuff. One of the pictures had orange and yellow tones swiped on the top, with blue tones swiped on the bottom (a portion of that is in the title picture of this blog). I sent that picture to a friend that was having a hard day and said, “Here’s a picture of something messy, maybe there’s something beautiful in it”. She replied, “I see ocean and sunset…gorgeous!!” I loved that! Why? Because I hadn’t seen that! But believing that there was beauty in the mess, she could.
My friends, believe that God is at work in your life. Many people are going through some messy stuff. Maybe you are “planting in tears” in this season. The greatest promise that we have is that God is WITH us in the mess. Believe that He is making something beautiful out of your life. Believe that He is laboring with you and that a harvest of joy is coming. If believing is seeing, what do you see? It’s ok that you may not see a harvest of joy right now but let that be an indicator to spend some time with God. Make some time to just be with God; read His word, worship, go for a walk, paint, create! As you believe in Him, He will show you something beautiful in the mess.
“Then Jesus told him, ‘You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.’ ” John 20:29