It is hard to imagine the night terror of the German blitz—the bombing of London—in World War 2. A story of a dad and his son is often retold. They sought shelter as bombs exploded and buildings burned around them. The best refuge was the black circle of a bomb crater. Dad disappeared into the crater, but the son hesitated, unable to see his dad. “I cannot see you,” he cried.
His dad reached out his hand, but the boy could not make it out against the darkness of the hole in the ground. The dad was able to see the boy, a black silhouette against the glow of burning London. He encouraged his son, “You might not be able to see me, but I can see you.”
That was what the boy needed to hear. He jumped and soon felt the unseen arms of his dad.
German bombs no longer fall on London, but this story of faith has been used a hundred times since. It encourages us to leap into the safety of God’s unseen, yet loving arms. You might find yourself in situations like this boy, unable to see where the next step, or leap, will take you. God calls us to trust in Him because trusting in Him is the only way we can be saved from sin and death. God then uses life as his school of faith, using everything to teach us that He is trustworthy.
It might not feel good at times. You may not see where the next step leads, but faith rests in the fact that God sees your story from start to finish. You may not see God, but He sees you.
Faith in Christ results in salvation, but it is also part of the fruit, the character quality that God will grow in you. God uses difficult times, people, and situations to stretch your faith. Recount the experiences in your life that required you to trust in God. He always see you, and He is teaching you to see Him with the eyes of faith.