Sometimes when faith is running low and we cannot understand why things are so, we should walk alone among the flowers that grow and learn the answers to all we would know.

For among God's flowers we would come to see life's miracles and its mystery. And standing there in silence and reverie, our faith would be renewed to us. Here's an article about the importance of faith inspired by the writings of Keith Phillips.

Have you ever noticed how some people can stay afloat when engulfed in troubles and hardships, while others sink to the bottom? What sets the swimmers apart from the sinkers?

From what I've seen, the biggest factor seems to be faith in God's love. When those who understand how much God loves them find themselves in over their heads, they know He won't let them drown.

So, unlike those who don't have such faith, they don't wear themselves out struggling just to keep their heads above water—or worse, panic and go down all the quicker. Buoyed by their faith, the swimmers can concentrate their energy on getting to solid ground.

If you feel more like a sinker than a swimmer, you can get ready for the next sink-or-swim situation by strengthening your faith in God's love. The scope and depth of that love are beyond our comprehension, but the Bible likens it to the love of a father for his children. "

He is like a father to us, tender and sympathetic to those who reverence Him" (Psalm 103:13 TLB). God doesn't enjoy seeing you in trouble. He isn't trying to make life hard for you. He is on your side and wants nothing more than to see you happy and fulfilled.

That doesn't mean He will never let you have problems, but when you find yourself in over your head, you can be sure He will be there for you. In fact, there is a verse in the Bible in which He promises that very thing: "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you" (Isaiah 43:2).

The first step in learning to swim is learning to float, and that starts with learning to relax and not fight the water. Put yourself in God's hands, lie back, relax, and let Him support you. Practice in the shallows, and you will be ready for whatever the future may hold.

By Tim Pedrosa


Always concentrate on how far you have come, rather than how far you have left to go. The difference in how easy it seems will amaze you.---Heidi Johnson