Clearing the Mist
11th February 2016
I don’t think I have ever met anyone who likes fog.
It’s amazing how water vapour can make it impossible to see. Apparently just a cup of water can produce enough fog to cover more than an acre of land. And fog still closes airports today, and makes it dangerous to drive at normal speeds
Worry can feel a bit like fog, making it hard to see what is there and to carry on as normal.
“‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? …. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:25,33,34)
It’s very easy for worry to become the keynote of our lives, the matrix and fabric which form the background for everything else. But that is not how it was meant to be.
Jesus tells us repeatedly that God cares for us, and that He can provide everything we need. Will we trust God?
The answer to clearing the mist of worry is to seek God first. Sometimes this comes easily, sometimes you have to grit our teeth and say ‘I will trust God, I will put following God at the top of my priorities’ …and God honours your choice to put Him first by speaking His peace into your life:
Drop Thy still dews of quietness
till all our strivings cease;
take from our lives the strain and stress
and let our ordered lives confess
the beauty of Thy peace.
John Greenleaf Whittier
(from the hymn “Dear Lord and Father of Mankind”)