This is just so good, read it all at Fr. Stephen's blog, Glory to God for All Things.
... Faith is not a matter of
“belief,” an act of intellectual willing. Faith is a perception of
things that do not necessarily appear obvious. In the language of
Scripture – “faith is the evidence of things not seen.” But the
perception of faith is similar to the perception of objects beneath the
surface of a lake. If the surface is disturbed, the objects disappear.
The objects do not go away – but we can no longer perceive them.
In a world of manifold complication – the surface of the water is rarely still.