I was reading the Smithsonian web site about how life can thrive in really hostile environments. For instance, there’s a microbe that lives in the boiling springs of Yellowstone Park. The water is not only hot, it’s full of enough acid to dissolve nails, yet the microbes survive.
Most life has to live off other life, eating other plants or animals, but not the Candidatus Desulforudis audaxviator bacteria. It’s found almost two miles deep in South African coal mines, where the temperature is 140 degrees; it eats sulfate.
In the Antarctic, the emperor penguin lives for months at temperatures of -40 degrees. It does this while incubating an egg on top of its feet!
Life can survive and even thrive in very hostile environments, and so can faith! In fact, faith thrives best in hostile environments! When things are going well, we don’t have to exercise much faith. We may even take everything for granted. When something’s a fact we don’t need faith at all. Faith exists where facts don’t!
Author Gary Thomas writes, “The desert is real, it is difficult, and it is to be expected. God is not singling you out, He is not punishing you or even necessarily disciplining you. He is training you, strengthening you, purifying you, and loving you.” (Thirsting After God, e-book location 3953)
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1)