Mists?

April 24, 2020

May I ask you a question? Looking back on the way you’ve come in the past, do you quickly notice hindsight is difficult, since the path you started out straightly on yesterday began to wind, climb, and fall as soon as you started down the road?

 

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

 

 

 

I started my morning walks over thirty years ago. As it's very quiet in the valley prior to the dawn, it's a great time God has provided, the perfect time for prayer and contemplation. I’ve walked in any weather, excepting steady rain or temperatures below -20 degrees. Nonetheless, I’ve been faced with a number of instances when something quite unexpected occurred, dense fog. I remember a time over ten years ago when I walked in a winter fog that was so thick I couldn’t see more than ten feet in front of me. As I climbed the crest of a hill, I found myself walking right up into a dense fog bank. I could see little else but for the the pea gravel that was brushing against my feet. Luckily it was a day I decided to walk with Jubee, our Chocolate Lab. 

 

As the fog became denser I began to lose all sense of depth perception. It was even hard to note the up and down rise in the road. My pace became tentative. Since I had to reverse path after about a mile, there is a point on the road where I had to do an about face. Without landmarks to aid me, however, there was no way I would be able to time that turn correctly. Yet Jubee knew precisely where to turn. We swung around and headed back again. It was good to find our driveway and felt comforting to put the fog behind me. I resolved never to walk in the fog again without a dog at my side. 

 

Do you take the time to make resolutions in the course of the year? If you're like most people, you at least think about making them from time to time. Any time is an appropriate time to consider resolutions; to take pause not only to reflect on the path taken, but also on the one lying ahead.Yesterday’s path was filled with choices, some good, others bad. Looking back on the way you’ve come, you quickly notice hindsight is difficult, since the path you started out straightly on yesterday began to wind, climb, and fall as soon as you started down the road. You turn to the future and strain to get a grasp on what lies beyond your gaze. Since you’ve not yet walked on that fresh and promising ground before, you know little of what is in store; for a great mist lies beyond our day. As soon as we engage it, we're engulfed in it. 

 

It’s good to live with resolve every day. Yet resolve should always start first with this: Resolve in trust to be leashed to God to see you through. With your hope is securely tied to the One who owns us and will never change that relationship, you can’t go wrong. Resolve never to walk alone in the fogs of life. Take GOD along with you every day. Like Jubee, He knows when to turn and stop when you are only guessing. 

 

We pray. Heavenly Father. We are often tempted to walk alone down life’s road. It just seems easier than taking the time to trust in anyone but ourselves. Besides, often we do just fine, even surprising ourselves with our ability to negotiate around obstacles that seemed impossible before we started. Father, that’s when we get into the most serious directional problems, trusting in ourselves and finding ourselves lost amid the fogs of indecision and regret that so often inhabit our self-determined paths. We praise You Father because You are still there for us even when we decide to travel without You. Forgive us Father for our arrogance and willfulness. Deliver us from ourselves and pull us back to the safety of Your arms.  In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.

 

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

 

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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