How do I write about my faith? What words can I put down that express what it means to me? A difficult challenge, to be sure.
I am not a born-again Christian, but I do believe that through God, I can accomplish almost anything. Within limits. I’ll never be a Steinbeck or a Kingsolver, but I can, and do, write. I’ll never climb Mount Everest or jump from a plane intentionally, but I can scale personal mountains and leap over obstacles blocking my path. I can’t build a house, but I can mold minds and hearts through teaching.
My faith gives me balance and perspective and keeps me grounded in reality. Because I believe in a higher authority, I accept that there is a method to all that lives and breathes and grows on our planet. I am sad to see global warming destroying the habitats of animals, yet I have to believe that there is a reason for us to witness this.
Faith supports me when I am ill. I had two chronic asthma attacks, that because of medical interventions and many, many prayers, I overcame. God held my hand during those long days and nights when every breath was a struggle. He told me that my time had not yet come, and gave me the strength to fight.
On 9/11 when the towers fell my faith kept me grounded. I was far from New York, but that did not spare us from possible threats. I live in the San Francisco area, and so we were on the “watch” list. Because I believe in God, I knew that if our beautiful city should be attacked and I should die, I had nothing to fear.
I believe in my husband and his love for me. He has stood by me when I had no job, when I had doubts about my intelligence, when I loathed my overweight body. His faith in my abilities has given me the strength to accomplish much. Without my husband standing by my side, I would still be awash in doubts. He is my rock, my foundation. He sits with the Lord on his shoulders.
I have felt the hand of God intervening when my kids were ill. It was like a light breeze brushing my cheeks, calming my soul. He spoke to me, not in words, but in actions. He brought down the fevers, healed the kidneys, stood over the surgeons, and held the hands of my children as He whispered in their ears.
Faith is difficult to define, as it means so many different things, to many different people. For me, however, the essence of faith is God. Because of Him, I believe in myself. Because of Him, my husband is my best supporter. Because of Him, my children are alive and well. Faith stands at the center of my universe. It is my propulsion, my driving force.