Faith by Indu Balakrishnan

The funny thing about faith is that it goes faster than it comes. It turns up when you don’t really expect it. And it can really take your breath away. In my head, faith is a lot deeper than belief. And as I write this piece, I realise that I very rarely use the word, if at all. Not a word I read very often either. Which makes me realise one thing. This word is not abused. 

Think about it. “I love …. (whatever)”. “Trust me”. “I am very religious”. Words that are actually quite deep in nature but thrown around casually like conversations about the weather and the likes. The word ‘faith’ thankfully has not  been abused like this. 

I just googled the word faith, and for some reason, it always comes up in connection with God. And everything that is holy. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not an atheist. But I aint a fan either. And I don’t quite understand how Google throws up only these kinds of results. 

Reminds me of this funny story with the church and the bar. The bar moved their business to the building opposite the church, much to their disappointment. In retaliation, the church conducted prayer meetings and protests to make the bar relocate. A thunderstorm destroyed the bar the next week. A case was filed. The church denied their role in the destruction. The bar blamed the church for it. 

The judge was flabbergasted.-  “I don’t know how I’m going to decide this, but it appears from the paperwork that what we have here is a bar owner who has faith in the power of prayer, and an entire church congregation that does not.”

In my opinion, while you need not throw the word around like a disposable piece of tissue paper, you sure need it. In your lives. Acts. And your relationship with loved ones. In a way, I find faith and hope quite similar. You need it in your lives. The difference is that Faith, at its core, is deep-rooted in the expectation of good things to come. It goes beyond hope. I’m unable to explain the logic, but it seems crystal clear in my head. 

That’s exactly what faith is, isn’t it? You either have it, or you don’t. It’s not a scientific fact. You can explain why the sky is blue or how two plus two equals four. But how can you convince someone to have faith in something? 

While we might not realise the impact of the emotion or its prevalence in your life; but without faith, you couldn’t expect that things would turn out all right, no matter what the situation might be. You might have heard of the phrase – Faith can move mountains. It’s not a  joke. Seemingly impossible situations have been handled simply by faith. 

The hopeless garden-variety-looking romantics are winning the hearts of drop-dead-gorgeous damsels – an act accomplished by faith. 

Scientists proving theories discarded over centuries – Faith. 

Potty-training your child or getting your hormonal teen to understand why she can’t do something – Faith. 

It is really the underlying act of what you do, isn’t it? Have Faith. A simple and powerful sentence that tries to bring people on board about things they cannot see, hear, feel, touch or sense. It’s expecting people to believe in miracles, isn’t it? 

The mind is ever so powerful, but can also be quite vulnerable. Troublesome situations bring about negative responses, such as fear. Now, there is nothing wrong with fear. It is a natural response to an unfamiliar situation. And that is when faith plays a huge role. It gets you going when nothing else can. It sure removes those demons that you have created for yourselves – that stop you from getting where you want to go. 

All you need is to remember these three words – Gotta Have Faith. George Michael. Wise Man. 

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