Don Quixote sang and I warbled along with him the song “To Dream the Impossible Dream”
“And I know if I’ll only be true
To this glorious quest
That my heart will be peaceful and calm
When I’m laid to my rest.
And the world will be better for this,
That one man scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with his last ounce of courage.
To fight the unbeatable foe.
To reach the unreachable star.”
That song captures for me the secular explanation of faith, Sola Fidelis, that we are talking about this week.
The Bible story that I love is about a little girl in 2 Kings 5. She was captured in war and became a slave to the wife of the army captain. The captor who separated her from family and the familiar had leprosy. Like Don Quixote, this little girl, navigated her life with a “confidence in what we hope for and the assurance about what we do not see.” The girl told her mistress about a prophet in her country that healed people. The wife told her husband. The husband told the king and the captain was sent to meet the prophet Elisha. The faith, the hope, the confidence of that little unnamed girl forgotten by history but remembered by God, impacted her world as she held on to faith and “fought the unbeatable foe.”
Most of us are not that heroic in faith but I like this story because while faith may mean slaying a giant like David and Goliath, it may also mean just sharing our hope and faith in the everyday trenches of our ordinary lives. The world will be better for our faithfulness. We will be covered with scars most likely but we will also “lie peaceful and calm when laid to our rest.”
Faith is not just a theory, a clinical fact we believe, but a confidence, life orienting relationship that impacts our lives and produces daily works of courage. As you go about your journey today may you live in the impossible dream, knowing there is a God who sees and cares and empowers you to live. May we be faithful like that little slave girl. Blessings.