by: carole l. haines
There are so many times in our lives where we can’t see what God is doing. I was reminded of that truth this morning as I drove through the Autumn woods. The chill of the October air had fallen upon our little area so quickly over night, that great clouds of mist arose from the still warm waters of the reservoirs, creeks, and rivers that surround where I live. I stopped to take a few pictures at one reservoir, and as I stared out into the rising mist, I was reminded of a particularly difficult time in my life, when I was more confused than I ever had been, before or since, about what God was allowing into my life. The pain of it all, and the tears I cried, mingled with the sudden cool temps of that trial, created a great cloud of spiritual mist arising from within me. I sat helpless to do anything except trust and rest in God. “For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock. 6 And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me, And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.
Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice, and be gracious to me and answer me. 8 When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, O Lord, I shall seek.” Teach me Your way, O Lord, and lead me in a level path…
Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.” (excerpts from Psalm 27 NASB)
We tend to think of enemies as people, but our true enemy is a spiritual one, Satan. God’s word tells us that our enemy prowls about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8 NASB). And are we not most vulnerable in those times of mist, those times of confusion, those times of doubt? But Satan is a toothless lion, just making a lot of noise that we don’t need to listen to. For God promises us, “that He causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NASB)
Love Him, dear believer, and trust His purpose in whatever you are going through, whoever your current enemy is. Be it cancer, a boss, a relative, a circumstance, a sin you can’t seem to overcome. God is right there in the midst of that foggy time in your life and soon, as you trust and lean more deeply into Him, His Son Jesus shall rise up, and the mist shall melt away and all shall be revealed. This can happen in this life, but often it is not until eternity, that the mists completely clear. Trust Him, rest in Him. Sink deep into the arms of the God who loved you so much, that He gave His only Son, that whosoever, You-soever, believes in Him, shall not die but have everlasting life. (John 3:16 NASB)