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Naturally, we see life from our own human perspective. And things generally have to make sense to us before we believe in its possibility. But faith reminds us to trust a Reality even beyond our own understanding.

With Sarah, we tend to laugh in doubt at what seems impossible. Only later, after our faith has been exercised, can we then laugh in joy at what is possible with God.

Doing work that matters and truly enjoying meaningful relationships, for instance, seems laughable to many – a nice thought or a pipe dream. We see our work as just a means to pay bills, while also settling for whatever we can get relationally.

It takes courageous faith to believe God has more for us.

Maybe we doubt because we’ve prayed for so long and things have still not turned out as we had hoped. It’s hard to hold on to hope when we’ve been disappointed for so long.

But here again, faith reminds us of a larger reality beyond what our eyes can see, and our minds can understand.

The events of our life often play out like the individual ingredients in a cake. By themselves, the end result makes little sense. But as they are mixed together, along with time and a little heat, something good is produced.

In the same way, we must trust our Father is bringing together all the ingredients of our life to bake something good, even when we don’t understand it at the time.

As such, we trust God has given us work that makes a difference. Much more than just a paycheck, he is preparing us to make a meaningful contribution to the world around us.

Likewise, more than merely tolerable relationships, God seeks to bring us deep connections that satisfy our souls.

The externals will vary and will not always be as expected. But as we trust God, we remember all things are possible with him.

And our laughter of doubt becomes laughter of joy as we see him work all things out for good.

Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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