Sometimes our fears , distress, and anxieties can cloud our view – they are all we see. We can’t seem to move past them. They become like cataracts for our hearts and our spirits. We make judgments and decisions based on these cloudy views. It becomes all we know. We don’t choose this. It isn’t like this was sought out. This wasn’t what we wanted. It happens…sometimes, it just happens. And then, there is a sunrise.
Our vision may be cloudy, but once in a while, when we look up, really look up, we see God. We see him in his amazing creation. I see him this morning in the beautiful, colorful, majestic sunrise. I am reminded that while our current situation may stink, it is not the final destination. We can find ourselves roaming through the wasteland before we get a view of the land filled with hope. We can become overwhelmed by the destruction right in front of us and then God shows up, in the middle of it all. It isn’t as if he wasn’t there all along. It is more like we just couldn’t see – cloudy vision does that. Depression, anxiety, fear, distress can do this. These can cause us to see nothing else. Yet, God seems to break through at just the right time, shining his goodness on us for no reason except that we are loved.
Be kind today. Your kindness may just be the sunrise from God someone else was longing to see. Your kindness may be a glimpse beyond the cataract of fear. Your kindness may be God’s way of reminding others he is still at work.
May we move forward, shining bright and sharing kindness.
Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place. With the Lord on my side I do not fear. What can mortals do to me?
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