This is how I feel entering each day of my life:
It seems like an impossible feat (hence the “leap of faith”). But once Indy realizes that he can’t accomplish the task on his own, surrenders himself, and takes the step into the unknown, he succeeds. Okay, so maybe I am not jumping over a giant chasm in order to save a loved one’s life every day, but really; this is our life! If we are being honest with ourselves, no matter how much we plan, prepare, or study; life will catch us off guard and events will not go our way sometimes. This is where having faith and hope come into play. By faith we commit ourselves to truth and finding it. By hope we learn not to rely only on our strength and acknowledge our trust in something greater. This is how Indiana Jones makes the “Leap of Faith” and this is how we should take on every challenge; by knowing there is something greater than ourselves laying ahead that we cannot possibly fathom. Many times I have had my perfect agenda foiled by things out of my control and have not realized until the time has passed that it all went as it needed to. Sometimes we don’t have the immediate revelations like Indy does as he steps onto the hidden path, but we can often see how we were guided along the clear route as we look back and reflect.
Indiana Jones conducts himself with much more charm and wit than I can ever manage; but I, like him, overcome each challenge by repeatedly putting trust in God. As Thomas Green says “fortunately the Lord is patient and understanding, and does write straight with our crooked lines”. Because let’s be real, I have close to no idea what I am doing and I need all the help I can get. I have gotten really good at going into unknown situations with neither high expectations nor low; but rather zero. By expecting nothing, I am always pleasantly surprised in what I experience (maybe not the best way to look at things, but it seems to work well for me). If I didn’t have faith and hope to back me up, I would never be able to have this outlook.
With that having been said, let’s get down to the actual explanation. Although this blog has found its beginning as a way for friends and family to follow my semester studying in Greece, it takes a Latin name. “cum fide speque” translates to “with faith and hope” (all my Latin friends can please correct me if I am wrong). If you have ever received an email or letter from me in the past, you have probably seen this as my sign-off because I have no other choice but to do everything with faith and hope — yet do it willingly. I have never been to Europe before, I don’t speak Greek, and all of my knowledge of Greece is about two thousand years outdated. But I am not worried. Not one bit. For I have faith in the plan that I cannot see and hope for a future I do not know.
And so I sign, now and always, cum fide speque.
“Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.” – J.R.R. Tolkien