“By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered Him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.”
Our Creator knows us so well. He knows our whole selves, our whole stories—past, present and future—better than we do. He has created us and formed us very deliberately, full of promise, purpose and potential.
Approaching life from our human perspective, with our finite minds and our limited experience, we see ourselves and our surroundings as having limited potential. Yes, we can do amazing things—we can run marathons, build skyscrapers and paint beautiful art. But only our Creator knows the secret treasures He has planted deep within us. He knows precisely how great and how resilient we have the capacity to be. In order to see all of the strengths, abilities and potential He has gifted to us, we need to live our lives with His Heavenly perspective in mind.
And so we are called on this comfort zone-defying adventure alongside our Creator, the One who calls into being things that don’t yet exist (Romans 4:17). When we answered the little burning feeling deep within our hearts that day, we probably only saw life from our own perspective. Most likely, we didn’t really understand what we were getting ourselves into or where the path would lead. We still don’t know. What we do know is that it’s beyond anything we’ve been able to think up on our own—far greater, more influential, more meaningful and more exciting than what we had expected.
Enter faith, the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). It’s the means by which He enables us to smash through the bounds of our finite understanding of ourselves into the wide-open spaces and boundless possibilities of our full potential in Him. It’s the means by which we remain there, not shrinking back when we suddenly realize we’re outside of the boat, walking on water (Mathew. 14), but continue moving forward, one step at a time, in spite of our fear, insecurity or disbelief.
To live a life of faith is to lift our eyes beyond the realms of the ‘possible’ and to defy the barren womb, the broken dream, the desolate situation. It is to choose Heaven’s perspective of an ‘impossible’ circumstance and believe in what we cannot see, calling God’s promises into being by the authority we have inherited through Christ. It is to continue conceding that His perspective is all-encompassing and ours is not (Isaiah 55:8-9). It is to hold tight to Him, even when we can’t see the way forward or don’t understand everything within ourselves, knowing that He is the author and finisher of our story. It’s the knowledge that, no matter what we see or how we feel, He has created us full of promise, purpose and potential.