Press On

by Laura Enslen
Do you ever feel in a fog? Have brain fog? Overwhelmed by everything you need to accomplish? Foggy about details regarding a certain interaction or task you are to complete?
Well, recently I was in a literal fog. So incredibly thick, I could see only a few feet in front of me. I was driving in to work at church after dropping my dear offspring at school and I was in a complete fog! The sun was trying to press through, and I knew it was forecasted to be a beautiful day, but the fog where I was driving was overwhelming. As I was driving, I began to slow down to be able to calculate my driving better and anticipate what was ahead that I could not see. With the sun trying to press through, I kept anticipating the moment when I would have a clear view of the road again. I could not see more than a minute ahead and did not know when it would be clear again.
Driving through this fog, my mind went to one of my favorite verses of late:
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:9)
Even though I was driving through fog, I thought about how that was just my current circumstance. In five more minutes, I was climbing a hill, watching the fog dissipate and looking out over one of my favorite countryside views! Sun was shining and the fog was far behind me! How often do I get absorbed in my current circumstance that I forget, as I press through, there can be beauty on the other side? Far too often, if I am honest. God has the BIG picture!
I am a recovering controller. The Lord has worked in mighty ways to release the desire to control and even manipulate my circumstances. And much of that is due to my awareness that I truly do not have the control I once thought I did.
For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 2:6)
God has led me to a wisdom and understanding that I am not in control of my tomorrow, let alone the next moment. Will we give Him the control or will we try our own way of handling the struggles in our lives? A life fully surrendered to Christ may sometimes look like you are driving in fog, but you can trust He sees the fog and all that surrounds it. And remember, the view from outside the fog is breathtaking, so don’t miss it! Press on and see what He has on the outside of the fog.
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do; forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14)

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