“You don’t have to go faster to get home, to get up and out of all this — your heart literally has to slow down, still, go down, deeper, deeper into Him . . . trust. SACRED faithing.”- Ann Voskamp
Ann Voskamp concludes Chapter 16 of WayMaker as she reminds us dependence deepens attachment. And vulnerability tying hearts to each other pulls us out. Rather than tying us down. Again, need = our greatest need. Because need curves us toward dependence, faith.
Furthermore, Ann cites Andrew Stephen Damick on faith:
“The Greek word for ‘faith’ is pistis, which, like almost any word ending in is, refers to an ongoing, dynamic reality. A more accurate, though perhaps clumsier translation might be ‘faithing’. . . . In historic Christianity, faith is not understood as a single, absolute certainty, based on a one-time experience of salvation. [Faith] is an active, ongoing movement toward and with God.”
However, sin refuses to trust God or attach to God. Consequently, sin curves away from any need to depend on God. So, since sin is relational, it breaks more than laws. Sin breaks trust, attachment.
In other words, sin is anti-attachment. Therefore, only one way exists to find a way through the waves. Your trust, faith, and relying must be in the Way Himself. Instead of the fickle waves.
Finally, Ann ties this to the exodus through the Red Sea. She writes:
“The Jews called this Red Sea crossing a mikvah — literally a gathering of waters for a spiritual cleansing — which is like a baptism. A renewing and remaking, mikvah is derived from the same word in Hebrew as hope. Every Red Sea Road is a mikvah, a going deeper down and dying in the depths of Christ — to rise, rising into hope!” (emphasis Ann’s)
Hence, maybe those mazes we believe are leading us further away from God actually reroute us to bring us closer.
Today’s question: When do you feel the most pressure to go faster to get home? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “The same old sacred rhythms – wholeness”