“There is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1
The believer is in Christ as Noah was enclosed within the ark, with the heavens darkening above him, and the waters heaving below him, yet not a drop of the flood penetrating his vessel, not a blast of the storm disturbing the serenity of his spirit.
The believer is in Christ as Jacob was in the garment of the elder brother when Isaac kissed and blessed him. He is in Christ as the poor homicide was within the city of refuge when pursued by the avenger of blood, but who could not overtake and slay him.
- Octavius Winslow, 1857
There are times in life when fog is all you see in the five day forecast. Shining a light only seems to worsen the problem as the small rays of light are magnified by every molecule of water.
You wait… dream of clearer days… and wonder how you ever took the sun so for granted before.
Days of overcast emotions cause our thoughts to lose clarity. The days of crisp processing, big dreams and bigger expectations are a thing of the past. In these times, all we can do is pray that the Lord will return our heart to a place of zealous accomplishment for His glory.
Last night I had a conversation with a dear friend who lost his father just last week. He is living in a thick fog brought on by his loss. I didn’t know what to say, except that ‘this was all part of a process and don’t worry – the sun will shine again.’
I’ll admit, I feel my way through life more than I think my way through life. My emotions are very powerful. I’ve come to accept that God wired me this way. However, finding ways to withstand the tsunami of catastrophic emotions has been very important to my daily life. Here are things I do when depressing thoughts set in or I am caught in a fog of feelings: