Have you ever driven in the dark in a thick fog or snow storm, a time when visibility is greatly reduced? When seeing just a glimpse of the familiar, a road sign or a landmark, reassures you that you are going the right direction.
Have you ever pondered how great the encouragement is from the glimpses we get in our lives? Glimpses of the love of family and friends. Glimpses of God’s goodness working in even the most painful situations. Glimpses of promises of hope we can hold on to. Glimpses that build our faith in the midst of fearful circumstances.
Peering with Purpose
When driving in thick fog we look searchingly to see and discern that we are making positive progress in the direction we want to go. We peer with purpose for key indicators to reassure us; road signs, houses, bridges, landmarks, and other things that mark particular places.
On an average day with normal visibility we drive over common roads without really giving much thought to their detail, yet each pass over the road teaches us more than we realize. What we learn gives us specific details to rely upon when the visibility becomes greatly reduced.
When it is deeply foggy or snowing I know there is one small hill and one big hill on the county road before I make my turn. I know there will be one caution sign that says no passing on the left side of the road that will indicate a nearness to a corner. I will be able to acknowledge which neighbor’s house is which by the lights in their yard.
While on a normal day these things quickly pass by without thought, on a day of reduced visibility I peer with the purpose of finding these details even if I only get to glance at them briefly. They are reassurances that I am on my way home. In fog or storm or snowy weather, there is no place like home.
In my time of prayer this morning I was writing to God about the direction I need to go in. I told the Lord that I felt like I am living in a thick fog. I can not see if I am going in the right direction or not. I feel scared about going in the wrong direction. I am concerned that my doubt is debilitating my purpose. I wish I had greater vision to see the path.
I was reminded that I needed to peer with purpose through the fog of all of my problems to see the potential of the Lord to work in all things. I need to look for the familiar and reassuring indicators of God’s goodness: faith, hope, and love.
It was the faith, hope, and love that brought me to 1 Corinthians 13:13, and offered the encouragement of 1 Corinthians 13:12.
“We don’t yet see things clearly.
We’re squinting in a fog,
peering through a mist.
But it won’t be long
before the weather clears
and the sun shines bright!
We’ll see it all then,
see it all as clearly as God sees us,
knowing him directly just as he knows us!”
1 Corinthians 13:12 (Message)
We need to have FAITH that God is good, His message is true, and He will never leave us alone in our struggles. We need to have HOPE that one day we will see God in all His glory, brighter than a noonday sun in summer. As long as the days may feel they are passing and bringing us closer to that spectacular meeting.
We need God’s LOVE, the most important attribute of who the Lord is. LOVE that acts sacrificially, wholly, undeservedly, for our good. God’s perfect LOVE will lead us, even in the densest fog, home to Him where we belong.
Live It Out
How is the visibility on your path right now? Are you clearly identifying and learning, or are you straining your eyes to see the path? What glimpses of faith, hope, and love are guiding you?
No matter of terrifying your travel conditions are right now, how strained your eyes, how desperate your grip, how exhausted your heart is, your path is not outside of God’s tender care. The Lord’s eyes are upon you and every detail of your circumstances.
The thick fog we live in here in our broken world can make it hard to see, but the Lord is working in all of the details of your life. He will never leave you or forsake you. He won’t turn away or abandon you.
The Lord goes behind us and before us. He will give us glimpses to help keep us going. They may be brief and fleeting, but if we peer with purpose the glances we get will help grow our faith, strengthen our hope, and remind us of how greatly we are loved. All of which serve as indicators that we are getting closer to heaven, closer to home.
Pray Through It
Wow! Lord, I pray that today we would deeply delight in the signs You give us of Your overflowing abundance. May our eyes have the strength to keep peering with purpose for the glimpses of Your goodness and love.
When we glance at Your blessings, be it ever so fleeting, may in cause our hearts to rejoice, to find comfort, and to be reassured that we are heading in Your direction. Give us those indicators that we are making progress. May we know that we are headed heavenward.
May we find a new profound reverence and humility for the messages You send us. May the application of Your words to our lives help us to let go of our pride and our self-sufficiency so that we may become more dependent upon You. May we find ourselves deeply encouraged through the trust that we place in You.
In the name of Jesus, who gives us the greatest glimpses into heaven as the way, the truth, and the life. amen.