“Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’” (John 20:29, ESV)
It’s not what I see that I believe; it’s what I know in my heart.
I know…it sounds a little cheesy; but this is where most of us live, whether we realize it or not. I believe in the resurrection not because I was there, but because I believe in the testimony of those who suffered for it. I believe that my wife is the only one in the universe for me, not because I’ve checked the references of every female on this planet, but because I experience our love for one another on a daily basis. I understand the mechanics of the universe not because I see the actual movements of atoms, but because I believe the math that governs them.
I don’t know if there is any greater power than that of an idea. Ideas determine outcomes. Belief propels exploration. When we believe we were made for greater things, it gives us the courage to get out of bed and try new paths with hope of better outcomes. What we know in our heart drives us to risk everything in order to possess everything. Ideas drive everything we are before they become a fact.
No imagination; no life.
Jesus ends His ministry with this powerful idea that we are most blessed when our unsighted belief governs our path. So, when you pray, don’t spend a majority of your time asking, let the presence of God determine what you will believe for this day. And in that new belief, doors you didn’t even know existed will open to you.