There are some days I find myself worrying about nothing. There isn’t anything especially wrong. The day is going fine. There just seems to be an air of worry and concern that hovers and won’t blow away. It’s annoying and bothersome. It becomes an extra load to carry on an already overloaded day. I imagine that I am like the cartoon that has the cloud that follows me everywhere I go. What do we do when this cloud settles and our vision becomes skewed to what is really around?
I find the focus scripture for today important for these times. Romans 12 tells us that we are not to be conformed to the world but transformed by the renewing of our minds. It goes on to tell us that this renewing helps us to see what is good and acceptable and perfect. I could use some good and acceptable and perfect. My mind needs renewing. The only issue is that this cloud gets in the way.
Transformation and renewal comes from God. It comes from focusing on God. It comes from seeing that he is with us in the cloud. Worry may still settle around us but we are looking at the wrong thing. We see the cloud. But God is giving us an opportunity for transformation. We think our vision is skewed but God is renewing us so that when the cloud lifts, there is something beautiful to behold. When we are conformed to the world, the world’s worries consume us. But when we are transformed, God enables us to see the good and the perfect. We see differently. When the cloud lifts, we are changed…even transformed.
So today, if you find yourself in the cloud of worry, breathe. Know that God is working in and through you. He does not leave you in your stress or distress. He is transforming us. May he enable us to see something good and acceptable – something beautiful. May he help to lift the cloud and uncover joys everlasting. May we see with new vision beginning today.
2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.
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