Visibility Issues

“For you are the fountain of life, the light by which we see.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭36:9‬ ‭

It’s a wild one.

The snow is not falling – it is being driven. A wild thing, it moans around the corners of the house, begging to come in and find rest from the incessant and blustery wind.

This on the heels of freezing rain – not pleasant conditions in which to be travelling.

We have visibility issues.

Snowflakes being hounded by gusty north winds create a situation which mimics a snow globe being violently shaken. Until that wind settles, every bit of white runs amok, blocking off all landmarks, obliterating views.

Generally, I find that driving works best when I can see. Forward momentum is seriously compromised when you have literally no idea what is ahead of you, whether that be an animal, or a semi, or the ditch. It’s absolutely discombobulating to not know if you are still on the road, how far you’ve come, or where your elusive destination is.

Not. Fun.

There comes a time when conditions are so hazardous, it is best to wait them out.

There will be times in life when we will have visibility issues. When our next step isn’t obvious – or seems downright impossible. When to move forward presents us with difficulties – or outright dangers. When we have no idea whether we should stop, or turn around, or just stay home.

It’s tough.

It’s hard on the senses (and heart!) to spend any length of time not knowing which way to proceed.

Which is why having access to the Light of the World is so crucial to our navigation. Sometimes, we need to hunker down and wait. Wait for clarity. Wait for direction. Wait for light.

Knowing God and His character and His desire to do good work in us helps us to maintain equilibrium when everything else seems to be blowing us off track. It is like a heart anchor which keeps us from ending up a thousand miles from home when the storm whips us around. Truth keeps us grounded when we can hardly tell which way is up.

Do you have visibility issues today?

Maybe you need to pull over and get your bearings.

Maybe you need to pause, pray, and start again.

Maybe you need to turn around and find a safe space to wait out the storm.

Whatever you need, God will provide the way. He is, after all, the ‘light by which we see’.

Trust God when the visibility is poor with me?

Father, sometimes life feels just like a blizzard – confusing, scary, and uncertain. Thank You for being our light. Remind us to watch for Your guidance, wait for Your leading, and rest in Your protection as we learn to navigate the storms of life. Amen.

Published by melodylowes

I am actually a bit of a mess. But in the mess, I’m finding security in knowing I am chosen, I am forgiven, and I matter. After uncovering a history of abuse in my past, I have done a lot of healing - and writing is one way I can invite you deeper into your own healing journey! I write devotionals about the complicated thing called life at growing-in-grace.ca, and my poetry is stashed at melodylowes.com. Pull up a chair and a coffee or tea and let's grow together!

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