Faith is When You Believe In Spite Of
You don’t need faith when the very laws of nature are in play. When you throw a ball in the air you don’t need faith to know it will fall down. If you practice 8 hours a day, everyday you don’t need faith to shoot the ball through a hoop and score. You’ve practiced and prepared for it. Swish! You need faith in the beginning, when you can barely bounce the ball. You need faith when you shoot the ball and it doesn’t even tap the hoop. You need faith to keep practicing in spite of folks belly laughing at your attempts. Faith allows you to believe “you can” when everything screams, “you can’t.” Then with faith,"Swish!" I'm just saying...if I don't have anything else, I have faith. A faith that passes understanding. I probably have at least a hundred examples, but one is so concrete that twenty years later I still love to tell it. Eight in the morning, floppy disc with my entire dissertation in hand, looking for a business with printing services. I needed a hard copy to submit to Columbia’s Teacher’s College, within the hour, or it would take another year for me to graduate. Finally I located one, only to be told that the printer was not functioning, and had not been worked since the day before. The repairman was not expected until later in the afternoon. I looked directly at the clerk and asked him to “Please, try it.” I would not be moved. God did not carry me this far to allow a malfunctioning machine to stop me now. The clerk glared at me. Was I serious? Did I have a learning disability or was I just hard of hearing? “Lady, the printer is not working.” I looked directly at the clerk again and said, “I heard you. Now will you please try it.” Obviously exasperated, he snatched the disc out of my hand, turned on the printer, pressed the button, looked at me and said, “Are you satisfied!” Maybe thirty seconds later…the sound of paper…about 196 sheets, with my precious words, spat out. Yes, I was more than satisfied. Get thee behind me Satan. I’m Dr. Baron today. Swish!
Love and realness,