The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 14, 2013

Maybe we all need more FROG faith

Keeping The Faith column

By Bev Davis

— Editor’s note: This column by the late Bev Davis originally was published May 24, 2008.

It’s hard to chat long with anyone and not find yourself talking about the turmoil around us. Violent storms, inflation, political unrest, wars on so many fronts — it’s overwhelming.

This week, as I was reading about a 14-year-old girl killed when a gunman walked into a church during a youth rally in Texas a few years back, I found a nugget that encouraged my faith.

The victim, Cassie Griffin, collected frog figurines, frog trinkets and frog jewelry. To this young teen who had a strong faith, they were more than knickknacks. They symbolized her FROG philosophy — Fully Rely on God.

Easier said than done, isn’t it? We pray about a problem, ask God to give us wisdom, strength, courage or whatever we think we need to navigate the storm. We rise from our knees, pick up the problem and carry it as though we can manage it with mere human strength.

I don’t know about you, but more of my problems these days require intervention that only God can provide.

Maybe we don’t understand what it means to fully rely on God. I don’t think it means we take no responsibility or course of action in a given matter. However, I tend to pray and immediately try to run with the ball.

Learning to wait on God to reveal a plan is one of the hardest things in the world for me to do. I’m a decisive person, and I like immediate solutions. Not so with God, I’m finding out. In order to build our faith, He puts us on a spiritual treadmill by placing us in a situation where we have to move forward continuously, but we can’t always feel as if we’re making progress.

However, just as walking in place on a treadmill increases the heart rate, improves blood circulation and develops muscle tone, our soul’s walk on the spiritual treadmill produces some results of its own.

As we mull over a problem, we begin to see its different facets and realize it may take several approaches to find a solution. As we wait on God to reveal wisdom and insight, we develop that all important virtue — patience. It’s not a passive process, and it is not “down time.”

Waiting on God, relying on Him to work through people, circumstances, His Word, our thoughts, experiences and conversations with other people, is an active process in which He is weaving all the parts of the solution together.

Fully Relying on God allows Him to work fully through a network of people and circumstances to accomplish what is best for all concerned.

FROG faith works. We just have to learn not to leap ahead and make a big splash into the wrong pond!