Psalm 119:18 (NIV)
Open my eyes that I may see….
Have you ever been utterly surrounded by deep, bone-chilling fog? All you can see is…fog and more fog! You can't even see your own hand, unless you put it right in front of your face. Have you noticed that during such times of your life, you are unable to even perceive the presence of the sun?
Nonetheless, it's there, shining as brightly as ever.
But why do we tend to be more discouraged at such times? Is it possible it's because we can't see the sun?
But if we continually seek the sun, we will eventually see it.
Fog is not here to stay! It can't! The sun will eventually chase it away!
In our lives we often experience dense spiritual fog. So often we find ourselves lost in our circumstances. What can we do when a loved one is dying from a devastating disease? How do we react when our spouse decides to take a walk on the wild side? How do we feel when we receive an eviction notice? Where is God when we are hit by circumstances beyond nightmarish?
The fog of confusion hinders us from seeing the Son of God. Nonetheless, He is closer than we think.
"You're blessed when you feel you've lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you." (Matt 5:4 The Message)
We may feel lost and desperate, but only because all we see is the thick, eerie fog of our circumstances! But the Son is still shining, even brighter than ever before, it's just that when we let our circumstances overwhelm us, we can't see Him!
If at those times we could only remember to stop and ask God to open our eyes so we could see, we would no longer feel alone. The fog would dissipate enough for us to see the One who is called "the lover of our soul". His love would pierce through and we would find ourselves surrounded by utter beauty emanating from the undying love of the One who willingly sacrificed Himself for us 2000 years ago.
"Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ's love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture: They kill us in cold blood because they hate you. We're sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one. None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I'm absolutely convinced that nothing - nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable - absolutely nothing can get between us and God's love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us." (Rom 8:35-39 The Message)
Even a midst our worst nightmares, our loving Father in heaven gives us the possibility of seeing beyond what we can see. No matter how dense the fog, we can see Him shine as brightly as ever before. But this can only be done if we ask and believe.
Dear Lord, thank You that when we are surrounded by the dense fog of adversity, You are there! Help us to not let ourselves be discouraged. Thank You for always being there for us, In Jesus' name, Amen.