On a number of occasions I have mentioned that I have never really considered that there is anything particularly spectacular about my journey of faith.
If I were to write down my story and you were to read it, you would not read of any riveting conversion story, although I personally acknowledge a delightful sense of amazement whenever I am reminded of what God has done for me. You would not read of a last-minute rescue from the clutches of demons and the devil, although again, I am painfully aware of the remnants of a continuous battle being waged within my own heart—despite my ready acknowledgement that the war has been won by Christ on the cross.
. . . through those very testing experiences God has demonstrated that He is present and that He is trustworthy.
What you would read is a story of a growing awareness of the reality of the presence and power of God as I have traversed the experiences of life. I wish I could say that the growth has been steady and continuous. It has not. There have been times of hard questioning; times of struggle; and times of dramatic change. Most of those experiences are too personal for me to describe to you. But through those very testing experiences God has demonstrated that He is present and that He is trustworthy.
We each have only one journey of faith. It is ours alone. We each have the privilege of growing to understand God’s action in our lives, and the revelation of His will for us through His Word in terms of our own journey of faith. And we, and the Church, will be greatly enriched if we learn to value the mosaic of faith, hope and love we experience as our journeys intersect.
Dr Barry Oliver is president of the South Pacific Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.