What is Faith?

“Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

This was exactly what God was asking me to do and it terrified me. In just six short months, my health had rapidly deteriorated and I was quickly scheduled for brain surgery in New York over 900 miles away from my children and home.

The day of my brain surgery is a memory that has not diminished with the passing of time. When they began rolling my hospital bed down the stark white corridor, I began to question my decision to agree to the surgery. As my fear turned into full blown panic, I contemplated ripping the IV from my arm and running back to where I knew my husband would be waiting.

I was getting ready to do that very thing when the Lord called my name. Like a soft breeze, His presence washed over me. He reminded me of how many prayers had brought me to this moment…

…on this very day.

I would not be alone and nothing could or would happen that God didn’t know about. I thought about my kids and how much I loved them, but I knew God loved them more and could provide for them no matter what the outcome. I thought about all the things I still wanted to accomplish, but God just asked me to…

…simply trust Him.

When you are faced with a life threatening situation, you are forced to examine your heart beliefs. It is one thing to say I have faith while sitting in a pew, but quite the other to live that faith out. It wouldn’t be faith if I knew what the outcome was going to be. While we can’t be assured of what the future holds, we can choose to have faith in the One who does.

Thankfully, we have God’s Word to help bolster our faith when life becomes anything but certain.

“But He {the Lord} knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.” Job 23:10

Is your life filled with uncertainty right now? Maybe your husband has lost his job and you are not sure how you are going to survive financially. Perhaps you have just been diagnosed with cancer and are unsure of the prognosis. Maybe your faith has all but vanished.

Step out in faith anyway. We don’t have to know where we are going. We only have to trust in the One navigating our steps.


Today’s Post is shared by: Jessica Chenoweth.  She is a writer and speaker passionate about helping women to live out an authentic faith rooted in genuine relationship with Christ. In her late 20’s she was diagnosed with chiari (a rare brain disorder) as well as muscular dystrophy. It was during this difficult time God would call her into women’s ministry. You can connect with her on her website, Facebook, or Twitter.


  1. says

    Beautiful encouragement Jessica! Love this Truth… “While we can’t be assured of what the future holds, we can choose to have faith in the One who does.” Blessings!

  2. says

    What a pleasure and blessing to see you share my friend’s wisdom and story! Thanks for the great reminder, Jess, and to “Keeping It Personal” for sharing Jess’s post!

  3. Kay says

    Awesome encouragement! Thanks, Jess! You share so much in such a compact post! I KNOW your walk has not been easy. But your testimony of faith speaks loudly! You are a blessing!

  4. says

    Faith is the most important thing about taking a step into the vast unknown. And that’s why we need to be sure our faith is in the right Person to guide us through it all.

    Great job on this article, Jessica!

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