Ten years ago, almost to the day, my sister, Ginna's favorite family memory began. As one of the worst ice storms in recent memory rolled through, taking out trees and power lines, my family convened in our large living room, gathered around the fireplace and one or two functional outlets fueled by a generator just outside. We ate, played, and slept all together for twelve days, waiting for our power to be turned back on. Ginna doesn't remember this as stressful or scary, despite the trees literally falling down around us or the threat of the bitter cold. She was warm, safe, and well-fed, spending time with her mom and siblings until school was back.
My dad's memory of the ice storm is a bit different. He woke up multiple times in the night each night to add wood to the fire and diesel to the generator. He made grocery runs for items that my mom could cook in a cast iron skillet over the open fire. This doesn't include the work stress he was under, his company worked with live animals, so there was no stopping the business. The animals still needed their grain delivered.
Ginna's child-like faith in our dad to provide for us despite the disaster around us is a model of faith we should all strive for. Remember that the man who trusts in the Lord is blessed (Jeremiah 17:7). Not only that, but God loves us more than the sparrows , and they do not go hungry, so how can we not trust in God to provide for us too (Matthew 10:29-31). But child-like faith does not call for inaction. Much like our own parents, we must still brave the storms around us and do what we are called to do. Whether we are called to provide in the midst of a storm or support our family with limited resources, we still must take action. But we must also return to that faith in God that each step has been carefully planned and accounted for. Give yourself fully to the work God is calling you to do, because your labor has a noble purpose (1 Corinthians 15:58).
Faith is a powerful tool that helps lead us closer to God, but faith requires more than stillness, it requires action. We cannot sit by and let life pass us by, calling it "faith", we must do things with love, faithfully following our God.