There was a mist this morning when I first looked out the window. A
major fog had rolled in, obscuring my vision of the yard...
But wait. How could it be foggy? It was, according to the weathernetwork, -14 degrees C! Not exactly weather for the kind of fog I saw in my yard...
And then I saw it: It wasn't the yard that was foggy at all, it was my window. I had just boiled a kettle of water for my morning tea, and condensation from the steam of the kettle had built up on the window.
As I think about this, I realize that there are many things that "fog" our vision. The negative circumstances that we all go through have the power, just like the steam from my tea kettle, to "fog over" the windows of our lives, making everything seem murky and dark.
As I stood at that window this morning, I realized that all I had to do was to reach up and swipe away the condensation, and my view of my yard would be as clear as ever.
The same is true with life's "condensation." It's true that we can't just "swipe away" the negative things from our lives; but wiping away the fog on my window this morning wouldn't have removed it either. It would have simply made a peephole that I could see through; one that would have allowed me to notice that the sun was shining, that the frost from last night's freeze was indeed, beautiful, and that my dog was enjoying herself rolling in the frozen grass. It would have allowed me to realize that God was still in charge, and He was running things quite well, despite my foggy window.
In the face of something as devastating as the circumstances that we all face daily, how can we "swipe away" the "fog" that clouds our view of life? How can we focus beyond our own negative circumstances?
Jesus said something very interesting to His disciples: "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children." (Luke 10:21)
In other words, when our eyes are blinded, we cannot "clear away the fog;" but God, in His wisdom, reveals the hidden things to "little children."
Jesus also tells us that we need to become like "little children:" "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." (Matt 18:3)
A little child is trusting and humble, and when we put our trust in God and Him alone, when we humble ourselves before Him in submission to His wisdom, knowledge, love and will, we become "like little children," and our eyes are opened to the things of the kingdom. It is in humble submission to God that we can "clear away the condensation" on the "windows" of our souls, that we can again focus beyond the circumstances we are going through and rejoice in the beauty of the world God has put around us. It is in total trust in God that we can begin to see the greater picture. It is when we stop trying to ask the "why me, God?" question that we can begin to understand God's take on our circumstances.
And, food for thought, Jesus many times said plainly that miracles were possible only through faith (see Matt 15:28), and that miracles didn't happen because of lack of faith (see Matt 13:58). Is it possible that when we become like "little children," in total trust in and submission to God, that we open the door for our own miracles?
Think about it.
In His love,
Lynona Gordon Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two, Author -- "Aboard God's Train -- A Journey With God Through the Valley of Cancer", Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet newsletter, and Scriptural Nuggets, a website devoted to Christian devotionals and inspirational poems, with Answers2Prayer Ministries. Follow Lyn on Twitter @lynchaffart.