I Can See Clearly Now
Written by Stephanie Plumb on March 1, 2019
Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. (Psalm 119:105)
Ahhhhhh, allergy season. ‘Tis upon us.
At least, I think it is. This Alabama weather has been absolutely crazy. One day it’s hot; the next it’s cold. And did you know it has only rained twice this year? It rained once in January for an afternoon, and then it started raining on February first and hasn’t stopped since.
I kid, I kid. But not about it being allergy season. Last month, Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring, and my sinuses are already feeling it.
Allergies can affect a person in different ways. For some of us, it’s a runny nose or a scratchy throat. For others, allergies manifest in the form of painful headaches. Some people get watery or dry eyes.
Thankfully, modern medicine allows us to fight our allergies affectively. I don’t know about you, but I’m very grateful that I don’t have to walk around in a fog. I can keep my watery eyes at bay and walk into the sunshine without a throbbing pain in my temples and ENJOY the spring season. With very little effort on my part (it’s not that hard to go to a store and make sure I swallow a pill when my allergies act up), I can see clearly. I don’t have to spend the spring and summer wandering around in a fog.
While most of us won’t hesitate to take some medicine, drink some water, or eat some honey to feel better and bring ourselves out of the fog of allergies, we settle for walking around in a spiritual fog. Ever feel distant from God? Ever find yourself in a situation where you wish you knew what the Lord was trying to teach you, or that He would show you what to do, but you just don’t know what it is?
I’ve been there, done that. Many times. What I’ve come to realize is I tend to feel this way when I haven’t been consistent in spending time alone with God. When I’m not reading scripture, daily putting God’s thoughts and words into my own heart and mind, my connection to Him feels foggy. When we ignore the discipline of spending time in God’s word, we miss out on the opportunity to have His clarity and guidance in our daily lives.
The good news? God is always ready and willing to clear the fog. God’s mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23). He doesn’t withhold His love, His message, His forgiveness from us because of what we did yesterday if we come to him today with a repentant heart. If we want to hear His voice clearly and know His will for our lives, all we have to do is open up His word and read it and absorb it. Will you take the time today to step out of the spiritual fog and seek the clarity, love, and guidance that waits for us in His Word?
“Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in Your instructions.”