The day before yesterday, I posted this quote by Richard Rohr:
Faith is not for overcoming obstacles; it is for experiencing them.
You asked what it means to me.
Faith is one of those intangibles that is difficult to discuss. At least, it is for me. So the best way I can approach the topic is to put it in context.
I consider the topic of yesterday's blog post an obstacle. After sitting with the decision and finding that place inside of me that is at peace, I think I know what I am going to do. However, underneath that I know that everything will be okay.
That knowing comes from faith. I don't know how it will turn out. I don't know how my needs will be met. I do know that it may not look the way I want it to in the final analysis and that there are no guarantees.
In the midst of all that knowing and not knowing, the sense of peace along with the inner assurance that whatever happens I will be okay constitutes faith for me. For me, faith resides in my relationship with the Divine and knowing that God loves me no matter how it turns out.
So it is faith that allows me to experience obstacles--without falling into the depths of despair. Do I worry? Yes. Do I struggle? Yes. Do I hope things will go the way I want them to? Yes.
Faith allows me peace in the middle of it all.