The thing about dead-looking things (or the absence/opposite of thriving or a very bare thread of hope) is that it really does take great faith to believe that it can be otherwise. It takes grit to press through the manna of every day, every sink full of dishes, every dirty bathroom, every broken relationship, and every severely disturbing reality we find as we walk through the wilderness.We must fix our eyes on every good thing we’ve received that we can possibly find and “re-member” (literally — put together) those good things for the future.
Remember every sign of life, every evidence of grace, and every mark of growth.
As much as we may want to look forward to what lies ahead, we need strength to live in the present. We can lean in to the future, but the present rests on the foundation of the past and what has come before. The only way to have the Hebrews 11:1 faith that is confident in things hoped for and assured of what is unseen is to receive the gifts we have received and are receiving today.
“You gave your good Spirit to instruct them. You did not withhold your manna from their mouths, and you gave them water for their thirst. For forty years you sustained them in the wilderness; they lacked nothing, their clothes did not wear out nor did their feet become swollen.” (Nehemiah 9:20-21)