Monsters under the bed. Monsters in the closet. In my childhood mind it wasn't about the monsters as much as it was about what I couldn't see from where I sat on my bed. My imagination took over and what I feared is not the monster but more "what I could not see".
We all have little yellow monsters in our life, creeping up on a regular basis. We take them and throw them out of our lives and yet they show up again. It is constant surrender, taking these little yellow monsters and ridding our lives of them.
And so we "fear" what we cannot see, and yet we do not "faith" what we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
Evidence is usually considered tangible. Things you can touch, things you can see and yet faith is called evidence. Evidence is for proof. Evidence usually tells a story. And this faith is evidence, it is evidence of things not seen. Faith and hope remind me of two hands with fingers intertwined, swinging back and forth with happiness. Faith is the substance of things hoped for...so it is like the ingredient that makes up hope. So I have hope but I can't have hope without faith. The object of faith? God.
It is our God that performs miracles. I don't imagine God measures the miracles like we do but in our finite human minds may I say HE performs little miracles, big miracles, all kinds of miracles. We have to have faith in God because it is God that performs, that works, that moves, that changes.
We let little yellow monsters of fear, doubt, sadness, shame, guilt, unbelief, self-sufficiency, selfishness, anger...and so many other little yellow monsters and we cast them out over and over again. And we fear what we cannot see. Doubt what could be.We have to let faith take over. Faith that is of a God that conquers and defeats.
May we not let what cannot be seen create fear, but rather encourage faith.