Recently, my husband and I were watching a science fiction series where this young woman who was a time traveler went back in time where her father had been run over by a car and killed when she was an infant. Rather than just watch the event, she ran out to the street and pushed him away which saved him. The remainder of the episode was the chaotic result of that split second decision to alter what had happened. From there it was a ripple effect of horrendous things!
Thoughts came pouring in from the past and very soon, I realized that nothing should be changed, even if we could so why would we even entertain the past? Genesis 19:26 states “But his wife, from behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.” This is talking about Lot’s wife looking back, even after God told them not to look. “Pillar of salt” was slang in biblical times for “frozen with fear”. This just led to some interesting thoughts about the past. Today, I will keep my thought right here, right now!
This morning as I sit at my desk studying and praying, I look out my back windows at the heavy fog. The trees and the hills are barely visible and actually, almost hidden, but I know this is temporary. Once the light appears, all will be clear. 2 Corinthians 4:6 states, “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”
This is also true about any challenge we may experience. Once the light comes through our thinking and we can see clearer and see the Truth, which is always harmonious! I don’t have to wring my hands to see if this fog is going to lift; neither do I have to while waiting on God to reveal to me His perfection. There can never be any imperfection in perfection.
Yesterday morning as I drove an hour and a half one-way to read the Bible Lesson with some people, the fog was so heavy I could barely see the entire trip. This had happened once before and I remembered praying so hard that I could almost hear God tell me to keep my eyes on the car ahead. That and trust in Him was all that I had needed. Then I remembered that at times I want to know how God is going to work things out ahead of time. Daily he guides me and that is all that is necessary.
2 Corinthians 4:18 reads “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” When I flip a switch, a light comes on and when I turn a key, the car starts. These are things I know , so shouldn’t I trust God in every situation?
Several days ago in the early morning, I was having an anxious dream where I was looking for a friend while on an escalator that I couldn’t get off. There was no end to it and it was moving rather fast and it seemed so very real. In my dream, the thought came to pray and the thought immediately following was “why don’t I just wake up?” Immediately I was awake remembering that uncomfortable dream.
Shortly after, I was reminded of the first verse of a song from our Hymnal we frequently sing in Church which states,
“O dreamer, leave thy dreams for joyful waking,
O captive, rise and sing, for thou art free:
The Christ is here, all dreams of error breaking,
Unloosing bonds of all captivity.”
Throughout the day, when anything negative tried to come into my thoughts, I just simply thought to wake up to the Truth and see what God sees, since you can rest assured it is not negative!
As I sit at my desk this morning and look out over the back, there is such a fog that one can barely see the outline of the trees in the distance, much less the hills beyond them. Now this certainly isn’t the first fog I have seen here but it is always arresting since I never, ever have doubts on what is out there. It brings to mind that I should never doubt God just because my human view may be limited. Zephaniah 3:17 states, “The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” That verse may not tell me how He will do that, but I will trust it to be so just as I know the hills and the trees are right outside my view for the moment, but soon will be revealed.
My heart is filled with gratitude to learn of His grace for me, which is certainly not earned but freely given.
As I look across the back, there is a thick fog hiding the trees and the hills, but I am not fearful for I know this is only a temporary condition. The view may be hidden but not destroyed. The same goes for life. There are times perception may seem distorted but as we pray, watch and listen, there is clarity.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17 Today, I will raise my thought above the mist and see through God’s eyes.
While sitting at my desk and reading this morning, I glance out the windows and there is such fog, that the hills in the distant are not visible. This does not alarm me since I know it will eventually lift and I will be able to see. The same happens in my thinking at times when it appears my thoughts are “heavy and foggy” and I am outlining what I think God should do in answering my prayers.
But as I yield to His understanding, rather than mine, the path becomes much clearer for me and I remember from 2 Corinthians 5:7, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”