This morning after I dropped my kiddo’s off at school, I decided to get a coffee and go sit down by the ocean. Like so many days here on the coast, the fog this morning was super thick. As I sat trying to look off into the distance, I couldn’t see but a few hundred feet in front of me. Typically from where I park, I could see Battery Point Lighthouse off in the distance but today there was nothing but grey.
As I sat there and thought about the fog and how it oftentimes drives us “coastal people” crazy, I was reminded once again that this is how God sometimes leads us in our faith. Like the fog that causes shortsightedness, our vision is blocked by the circumstances or environmental factors surrounding us. What do we do when this happens? Do we lose our faith?
Oftentimes for myself, if I don’t have things all laid out or I don’t see the plan, I can tend to get anxious. And yet God’s word tells us in Philippians 4:6-7. . .Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. And the peace of God,which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. God wants prayer to become our automatic response to doubt or unbelief. He wants to infuse us with his peace.
As I looked out to the ocean and could only see but a short distance in front of me, I knew that the horizon is still out there. I knew that the lighthouse which is currently obscured from my view is still there. And it is the same way with God. He never leaves us or forsakes us (Hebrews 13:5) and even though we cannot see him or the plan, we know he is always there working regardless of the circumstances and he is there for us when we call upon him.
As sure as the ocean stretches around the earth and provides a life-sustaining force for the life within it. So it is with God. We who are in Christ Jesus are ever before him. We are engraved on the palms of his hands (Isaiah 49:16). Our vitality comes from staying with him and staying connected to him. He wants us to look to him constantly so he can show us the way.
Once we learn to trust God, we can rest in him regardless of our shortsightedness. God teaches us how to trust him in steps and will often only reveal them to us one at a time. When we through faith and obedience step on to the step he is showing us, will he then reveal the next one to us. This is walking by faith. If God showed us the whole staircase ahead of time we would be sure to bound on ahead of him and end up falling on our face or losing him in the process. It is only through trusting him, staying in step with him and looking to him that we will ever reach the top of the staircase.
God wants us to trust in him and know that it is he who is doing the work. We must learn to trust him and walk with him in the process even when our sight is limited. ~ Father God thank you for who you are and how you continue to work in the lives of all those who put their faith and hope in you. Help us to increase our faith. Help us to continually keep our focus on you. You are an amazing God. All Glory and Praise be to you King Jesus! In your name we pray. AMEN
Psalm 37:23 The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.
1 Thessalonians 5:24 says. . . The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.
Philippians 1:6 . . . being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.