Often what we consider a bad situation is a blessing in disguise. My house suffered damage through Hurricane Florence this past year and my house is currently being repaired. So, I sit here this morning on the back porch of a beach house in Cherry Grove, enjoying this peaceful moment conversing with my Father, as a dense fog rolls in off the ocean. The longer I sit, the thicker the covering.
Life is like that sometimes. Often catching us off guard. Leaving us in doubt and in fear, not knowing where we should place our next step. What we knew as truth is hidden behind a curtain of uncertainty, making a place for all kinds of new and terrifying thoughts. Panic and anxiety settle in as truths become more and more distorted in the cloudiness of our vision.
Reaching forward we grasp onto whatever we can, hoping and praying that we have attained the one thing that will lead us through the misty haze. Yet, instead of grabbing hold of the truth, we clasp our hands around our enemy’s snare. The things he lays out before us in those times of insecurity-assumptions, mistrust, self-loathing, loneliness, fear of abandonment, regrets, selfishness, the list goes on and on.
You fight knowing you need to quench those feelings, those raw emotions. Somehow you must keep them from overtaking you, but here in the fogginess of life, you just give in and let the enemy win. It is not that you want to, but you are just too tired and too frightened by the unknown to keep pressing forward.
You know the truth is somewhere hidden in the foggy mist, yet you cannot find it. Discernment has vanished as confusion takes over. In your despair, you cry in anguish. Afraid to be alone, but too scared to walk on, unaware that there are many on this same path with us.
Remember Job? He spent his days walking through this foggy mist. So did many other Bible greats. Even the people we hold in high Christian esteem find themselves on this same uncertain journey of life.
In our times of uncertainty, when the path is unsure and clouded by doubts and fear, we must trust the one thing we know to hold true regardless of our circumstances. We must trust our Father, the Creator of all to lead and guide us safely through. He is our lighthouse, our candle in the darkness. The hope of our salvation. Even when we are unsure of His presence, we must believe His promise that He is still there. Listen for His voice. Stand still and wait for His touch. He will lead you through. He will not let you fail. He will not abandon you.
As you notice in the pictures, the fog has completely enveloped the tall buildings in the background. I can no longer see them from where I sit, but I know they are still there.
Therefore I will look to the Lord;
I will wait for the God of my salvation;
My God will hear me.
(Micah 7:7, NKJV)
You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
(Psalm 16:11, NKJV)
Open my eyes, Father. Give me a clear vision so that I might see. Whisper Your words of peace over this troubled soul. Calm my doubts and fears with the touch of Your mighty hand. Forever, You will be my praise and my song. In Jesus name, Amen.
Soon the clouds of doubt will dissipate and reveal what you knew to be truth all along.