Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. – Hebrews 11:1 NKJV
This summer, I got an aquarium. It had been years since I’d had an aquarium, and I felt very “new” as I walked into the pet store. I asked for help – from A to Z. The person who helped me advised that I “cycle the tank” before adding fish. She said it would require patience. It could take six or more weeks, but it would help ensure a better environment for the fish. I agreed to try it.
She told me what to expect. I was to “feed” the tank every day – adding a small amount of food as if the fish were there. After a week or so, the tank would become cloudy. She told me to expect a mess – the water would look horrible and the tank might smell.
“Your friends will think you’re crazy, but tell them it’s normal and you know what you’re doing,” she said. “After a few weeks, the tank will clear up. Then you’ll siphon out twenty percent of the water, add new water, and you will be ready for fish.”
It happened just the way she described. My beautiful fish tank turned disgusting. The water was thick; the smell inside the tank was horrible. It stayed that way for weeks. I waited. I began to wonder … did I do something wrong? Was this cloudy mess ever going away? Surely I had missed a step.
Finally, at the six-week mark, something amazing happened. The water cleared instantly. I sat and watched it. I’d never seen anything like it. It’s been clear ever since. It’s ready for fish.
For several weeks before the water cleared, I had lost faith. Up until the day before, I was focused on what I might have done wrong, never expecting that the water could clear from such a mess. How often do we feel that way in our lives? We know God’s promises, but our eyes and our senses tell us the water isn’t clearing as promised. God says, “Wait for it … ” But we fret. Then, when it happens the way He promised all along, we are amazed.
Heavenly Father, strengthen us in faith, so that we believe Your promises, even when our eyes and our senses deceive us. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Thought for the Day
Where in your life do you need to “wait for it … ” ?