Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments. ~Deuteronomy 7:9
From the moment of conception until first glimpse of eternity, can God’s faithfulness be counted in a person’s life? I’m smack dab in the middle of my life, with half of it behind me, the other half in front of me. God’s faithfulness is timeless and countless. I try to count, and fail. Through the lens of my humanness, God’s faithfulness doesn’t always appear as faithful. It is often disguised as a trial, wisdom lesson, or difficult test. I fail because I often count just the feel good blessings. The obvious signs of God’s faithfulness.
A slip of paper taped to the prayer room wall at my church reads:
Barn Doors is a result of God’s faithfulness—revealing not only His faithfulness in my life, but reflecting my faith in Him: My deep faith, my doubting faith, my fruitful faith, my weeping faith, my limited faith, my transparent faith. A journey of faith stages wrapped up in 59—no, 61—chapters.
Right up to final edit, God was still adding chapters. Even after finishing Barn Doors, God continues with chapter after chapter. He caught me counting faith moments in my life and showed me that even after the last page reads: “The End,” there is no end. I feel God saying, “If you are going to count, then let’s count!” And He wants me to count every moment, not just the feel good moments.
As Barn Doors prepares to go on tour—a blog tour, that is—I encourage you to pause and reflect on the word faithful and how it is displayed in your life—both your faithfulness and God’s faithfulness, because it’s all about relationship. What have been your stages of faith? Where do you find your faith today? Are you counting all faith moments, the joyful along with the difficult? Every single one is significant to your faith journey.
Counting God’s faithfulness brings to mind the song “So Will I (100 Billion X)” by Hillsong United. I’ll never reach 100 billion, but I won’t stop counting the countless faith moments of a faithful God.