"I think of faith as a kind of whistling in the dark because, in much the same way, it helps to give us courage and to hold the shadows at bay. To whistle in the dark... demonstrates, if only to ourselves, that not even the dark can quite overcome our trust in the ultimate triumph of the Living Light." - Frederick Buechner
Whistling in the dark... singing through uncertainty. That is such a great picture of faith - that abiding and ever present belief beyond the current circumstances and situations that seemingly have no answers or ending. It is a tentative action so small, yet so powerful, that mighty things can be accomplished with even a little amount of it. Just as that pin prick of a whistled note invades and pushes past the darkness, so faith pushes past the boundary of uncertainty. When fear and doubt desire to cage us in, faith pushes through the gate and refuses its capture.
Faith can seem like such a little thing yet it can fell giants, move mountains, subdue forces of evil, and bring entire nations to their knees. It is a choice yet it is also grown by the unseen hand of God; the Holy Spirit uses it to create warrior servants in the service of the High King and Jesus demands it of His followers. There is nothing we can do adequately for our LORD without it and yet so many of us lack so much of it that we find ourselves constantly crying out to the LORD for more.
In this day and age where so much darkness surrounds us and endeavors to invade our lives, let us be ever mindful of the fact that we not only serve the Light of the World but are called to be the light of the world, ourselves. We are to stand firm in the midst of darkness, firm in our faith in Jesus Christ, and shine into the darkness the love and hope and grace and goodness, and glory of Jesus Christ. We are to dispel the darkness. That is what faith does. In the midst of trials, sickness, discouragement, and death, our faith must be rooted in the One who triumphed over it all. Darkness threatens but faith breaks through and light shines in the darkness.