Saturday, January 16, 2010

Waiting for the fog to lift

Today’s Reading: Acts 13:11-12 NIV

[Paul said to Elymas] 11 “Now the hand of the Lord is against you. You are going to be blind, and for a time you will be unable to see the light of the sun.” Immediately mist and darkness came over [Elymas], and he groped about, seeking someone to lead him by the hand. 12 When the proconsul saw what had happened, he believed, for he was amazed at the teaching about the Lord.

Good morning!

There is a freezing fog warning this morning in the community where I live. It is so dark outside that I am a little nervous about driving. I have a jam packed calendar today; appointments and commitments which I want to keep. I’m wondering when this fog will lift. Have you ever experienced a time in your life when everything was a blur, and nothing seemed to be clear cut? Do you ever lose your direction in a heavy, freezing fog?

Faith often comes in moments of darkness. We find ourselves wallowing around in a deep pit, shoveled by our own filthy hands. I confess that the Lord sometimes has no alternative than to leave me groping around in the dark, so that He can deal with my stubborn streak. We comprehend the gravity of our sin when we find ourselves stranded in a cold, dark fog. How often have you prayed for the fog to lift?

When God temporarily blinded Elymas, we know he found himself suddenly groping around in the dark, seeking someone to lead him by the hand. He was anxiously waiting for the fog to lift. The Scripture is unclear whether Elymas chose to repent of his sin right then and reach out for the hand of Jesus. What we do know is that Sergius Paulus, the proconsul of Paphos, saw what had happened, and raised his hands high, inviting Jesus Christ to come into his heart. He was amazed by the teaching and wonder working power of our Lord.

When we seek the Truth, we often find it in the middle of the dark. Reach out for the hand of Jesus Christ today. He is the only One who can lift the fog hanging over your life. If you witness your neighbor struggling in a dark place, take stock of the lesson and learn from it. Do not hesitate to give your whole heart today to Jesus Christ. Confess your sins, the things that have kept you in a dark, freezing fog, and seek His forgiveness today. Jesus will bring you out of the darkness and into His light. His light is the light of life.

Grace and peace,

Deb Spaulding

Faith UMC - St. Charles, MO


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