Sometimes, we’re not capable of solving our own problems. Sometimes, we can only numb ourselves temporarily to the effects of our problems, and it takes more to achieve the same relief each time.
Fear comes from impending danger, so fear is necessary. When we run from fear, we run from danger. But when we can’t run from that fear, not really, I believe that fear actually becomes a positive thing because, along with the danger we face, it sets the stage for what many might call a “leap of faith”.
I believe that trust arises from fear and faith combined. As in, when we’re afraid of something that is out of our control, we require faith in another entity to come save us. Trust only goes as far as it has been proven before; any more dire of a situation and your trust in the seperate entity must be stretched past its former limits. Faith, I think, is that act of extending trust, and I think it’s extremely important to building real, proven trust.
In this way, faith is like the mould that trust is cast in.
“Casting is a manufacturing process by which a liquid material is usually poured into a mold, which contains a hollow cavity of the desired shape, and then allowed to solidify. The solidified part is also known as a casting, which is ejected or broken out of the mold to complete the process.”
In casting, the end-product can’t be bigger than the mould. When we put faith in another entity, we widen the mould, allowing for more trust to potentialy flow in and solidify our relationship with that entity.
But faith itself can’t be expanded willy-nilly. (ohgod, find a better word than willy-nilly) The mould doesn’t move on it’s own. Noone is born faithful; no, faith is a necessity, and it is necessitated by fear of danger that we can’t control. Fear is the hand that manipulates the mould.
But we don’t want fear. After all, fear represents danger and danger is dangerous. But sometimes, all we’re really capable of is fighting the fear but not the danger. In situations like these, I believe that we should let fear in. This is the part where I talk about Jesus.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I believe that all of this is true in all relationships. All trust is made by affording a little faith then having it proven. But not all people can fill the mould of your faith. Not all people can be trusted as much as you like or need. But when you put your faith in someone and they do deliver, you trust them all the more.
That’s why I believe that fear is not a bad thing. It hollows out a place in our hearts for God to fill. Faith is the act of allowing fear to hollow us out.
Sometimes he waits and fear and empitness grows, but He knows what we can handle. God ain’t Delissio, He delivers. But we forget that, because most days we can take care of ourselves. Fear and uncontrollable situations hollow out that self-sufficiency and keep us connected in a trust-based relationship with God.
So how does this benefit us? Why does connection to God require a system of fear, faith, and trust?
Come back tomorrow, next week, or next month. Whenever I think I might have an answer.