Tea Party Attire and How to Grow Your Faith
Let me introduce you to my favorite top for the summer! It’s cool, It’s classy, It’s got a bit of an edge and its totally unique. Something about this outfit takes me right back to when I was a little girl. One of my favorite things to imagine when I was little was that I was having a tea party in a secret garden. The Garden was always full of vine covered walls hiding secret doors that lead to long winding labyrinth’s of rose bushes. Maybe it’s the hat but I think this would be the perfect outfit for my childhood scenario. Well, right up until I tried to walk through the labyrinth of rose bushes. Then, let’s just be honest, my white heels would probably sink into the grass and get ruined. Who really wants to walk through a garden in heels anyway? The scenarios worked out a whole lot better in my head when I was 8. I never used to run into these realistic thought’s that rain on my parade… or tea party’s. I think it’s good to remember what it’s like to have faith like a child and to not get so caught up in our heads. It’s refreshing to remember what it’s like to dream and imagine without our skeptical limitations holding us back.
It reminds me of Matthew 18:3 "I tell you the truth, unless you turn around and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven!” I know that I would see so many greater things in my life If I would stop looking at my limitations and have faith like a child. For me faith has never been about throwing logic aside. It’s been more about logic submitting to a greater power. I often think about the story where Jesus walks on water and I always feel amazed by Peter. I personally think he usually gets a bad wrap for the whole ordeal. If your familiar with the story you will know that Jesus comes strolling out to the disciples boat walking on the lake. They are all terrified and think he’s a ghost. Then there is Peter. He goes right ahead and asks if he can come on out on the water. Jesus Invites him out, he takes a few steps, and then his logic kicks in. He should not be able to do what he is doing. What if he drowns? What if a wave crashes right over him? Was that the wind picking up? He saw his limitations and began to sink. But here’s the thing, before Peter took his eyes off Jesus there was something in him that knew he could ask to walk on the water. None of the other disciples even though to ask if they could leap from the safety of the boat to run out on the water to Jesus. Peter needs a bit of credit here.
I think in peters mind, he had seen Jesus break through normal human parameters so many times that his logic led him to believe that walking on water was possible for him. I think when Jesus breaks down our boundaries of what we think is “normal” enough we start to have faith that what we know to logically be possible ultimately has to submit to a power that is greater than even the rules of science. There is only one way to grow your faith. It’s not to throw logic out but rather to submit it to a God who can shatter our human parameters when he chooses and to step out trusting that he will do just that. When you walk with Jesus long enough and you see Him shatter what you thought was possible over and over the only logical thing to do is to change how you define what is logical. The only logical conclusion you can come to is that truly nothing is impossible for God and a life lived by faith is the most rational choice a person could make. Haven’t seen him shatter any parameters lately? Ask, and keep asking him to show up in the impossible. He will, and let me tell you, it will change how you define logic.