The television remote fell off the end table and landed out of sight. My daughter got off the couch and briefly took a look around.

“I can’t see it.”

“Well, keep at it.”

“It’s not here. I’ve looked everywhere!”

I remained on the couch… amazed. We both heard the remote fall. We both knew the remote had to be somewhere. To think otherwise was foolish.

“Stop looking and start feeling,” I advised.

She briefly got down on her knees and felt underneath the couch. “I’m telling you, it’s not here!”

I got down on my hands and knees and reached far under the couch. I felt for what I could not see. I came back to my daughter with the remote in hand (in addition to a lot of dust bunnies.)

She was stunned. “I just looked and it wasn’t there!”

I had no words. I just handed her the remote.

“I guess nothing is ever truly lost unless Mom can’t find it,” she said as she used the remote to turn on the television.

Too often we treat faith much the same way — as a brief attempt in trusting God with our eyes wide open. If we don’t see results on our timetable, we may give up or begin to give into doubt. Even when we are encouraged to stick it out, we may remain but with a discouraged heart when we feel God isn’t understanding our situation or even recognizing our frustrations. And then, there is always that vulnerable moment when we ask ourselves: Do we really want to reach that far into the unknown without having a certainty of what we may grab, or grab us, in the process?

Ever happen to you?

Thankfully, God remains with us and patiently waits for us. He knows when we give up too quickly. He is faithful, even when we shout, “I’m telling you, He’s not here!”

Do we really humble ourselves before the Lord? Or do we spend more time fretting about our situation than we do on our knees? James 4:10 says, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up” (NIV).

Friend, nothing and no one is ever truly lost who trusts in the Lord. He simply waits beside you for you to humbly call upon Him more than you call upon anything or anyone else.

Matthew 7:7, NIV: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

SGLY, dear readers. (Smile, God Loves You.)

Tiffany Kaye Chartier is a Christian writer, an opinion columnist and a fine art photographer. To submit feedback on SGLY or to offer a specific topic idea, please contact Chartier at news@amtrib.com. Follow Chartier on Facebook: facebook.com/tiffanychartier and Twitter: @tiffanychartier.