“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:3-9
Faith in Jesus is often hard. It brings joy and peace yes but in the midst of this experience are often hardship and trials. We often are bombarded by things and it can feel like waves are crashing into you. Wave after wave come crashing down on you and you cannot escape. Jesus often does not feel present in these time. We often cannot see him, hear him or experience him. We only experience the sounds of the raging storm around us. Faith in Jesus is often hard. Our faith can be like a rock that is immovable thus grounding us and keeping us firm in our faith in Jesus. Or our faith can be like sand, as soon as the wave hits it is washed back into the sea.
I do not think anyone is born with faith like a rock. Rather most of our faiths are born like sand. It is through the process of enduring trials that the once sand like faith is made into a rock. When faced with a trial we can run into our faith thus abiding in Jesus. In so doing the once sand like faith become more of a rock. Or when we are faced with difficulty we turn away from Jesus, forget our faith or completely throw it out the door. In this running from Jesus our faith is like the sand being washed back into the ocean.
We are in a time where the whole world is going through a trial. Everyone in the world is experiencing a wave crashing into them. We as God’s people have the opportunity to abide in Jesus even when we cannot see him by spending time in prayer, God’s word and continuing to serve one another in love despite the obstacles. Or we can curse God, only focus on ourselves and spend time with behaviors that are destructive and not helpful to anyone. This pandemic can either refine our faith into more of a solid rock or it can wash it away like a sandy shore. The key is to press into Christ rather than running away. Are you pressing in or running away?