Do you remember the scene in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” where Indy is desperately seeking the Holy Grail to save his father (Sean Connery), who lies mortally wounded?
Indiana comes to the edge of an abyss. On the other side is room where the Grail rests. But there is no obvious way to get from here to there. The gap is too wide and too deep. “It is impossible,” he says. Death – his own as well as his father’s – appears certain.
If you haven’t seen that scene – or would like to see it again – here’s a link to a YouTube video:
In the Epilogue of “He Was There All the Time,” I make this observation:
“Some of us have trouble ‘looking’ for God; uncertain that He exists, not sure of what it is we’re looking for and unsure if we’re good enough to approach Him and ask for anything even if we do find Him. … Maybe you are looking but haven’t found Him. Or maybe you haven’t started looking yet. “That’s OK. Take comfort in knowing that He’s looking for you. He knows who you are and what you need. He’s ready; are you?”
Faith is a centerpiece of the Bible. The 11th Chapter of Hebrews is all about faith, including a definition in the 1st and 6th verses: “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. … And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
We won’t find faith sitting on a grocery store shelf between Diet Pepsi and Gatorade.
Shortly after I emerged from alcohol rehab in 1992, I likened faith to the knot you hang onto when you reach the end of your rope.
Look at the “before and after” images of Indiana Jones’ “moment of truth” (photos at top right) . Look familiar? Each of us can put ourself on that ledge. Each of us can see or has seen how impossible and hopeless our situation is.
But those who are willing to take one more step, that “leap of faith,” discover as Indiana Jones did that what they are looking for was there all the time.
So after all that, what is faith?
One more step, the next step … if you’re willing to take it.
Here’s a song that tells that story … Each Step I Take
Each step I take my Saviour goes before me,
And with His loving hand He leads the way,
And with each breath I whisper “I adore Thee;”
Oh, what joy to walk with Him each day.
Each step I take I know that He will guide me;
To higher ground He ever leads me on.
Until some day the last step will be taken.
Each step I take just leads me closer home.
At times I feel my faith begin to waver,
When up ahead I see a chasm wide.
It’s then I turn and look up to my Saviour,
I am strong when He is by my side.
I trust in God, no matter come what may,
For life eternal is in His hand,
He holds the key that opens up the way,
That will lead me to the promised land.