How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the
morning fog–it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. James 4:14
Happy New Year, from the fog. Have you been in a fog about what God has planned for your life? You grope for doors, and just when one seems to open, as soon as you reach for the knob, it slams shut again. Then you hear another creak, but by the time you edge across and barely make out it’s jamb in the density of confusion, it, too, closes tight. And you were so sure it was a sign, an answer to prayer. You see others people getting their prayers answered. You see God’s favor shining on them. Why not you?
At times, as a Christian writer and speaker, I so want to do God’s will, that I look for signs and wonders where they are not supposed to be, then try to figure it out on my own. I want answers in a microwave minute. I yearn for a pat on the head every few steps to reassure me I am headed in the right direction. I bounce on my heels and wring my hands when His timing is not my own.
Being still and knowing He is God is hard. Waiting on the LORD is harder still. But the most difficult for me is not falling into the temptation of reading into circumstances and making them answers which He has yet to provide.
Faith tells me this morning fog at the beginning of 2012 will lift. When it does, I will see where He has me standing. More than that, I will see where He has already taken me, and that each baby step along the unseen path was purposeful.
Whatever you are seeking in 2012, seek first His righteousness. In the fog, it may be as close as the nose on your face, and just as hard to see. But then, the wrong path may be camouflaged as well. Better to stand still and wait. It will lift, and the right door will open wide.