When I parked up this morning the visibility was good. I could see the wind farm clearly on the horizon and I counted seven ships.
There was one thing I could see that I couldn’t make sense of though. Right on the horizon was an odd shape. It looked like a dark plume of smoke. I watched it for a few moments and realised that it wasn’t moving so knew it wasn’t actually smoke.
I then rationalised that it must be a ship. The problem was that my brain couldn’t, on the basis of the information provided by my eyes (even with my glasses on!), make that shape match a ship.
It didn’t matter how long I looked at it, I couldn’t picture what must actually be there and make it fit what I could see. It didn’t make sense.
Then the sun came out.
Suddenly the object became clear. Of course it was a ship. The outline was now very clear, as the angle it was at meant the white container ship was dazzlingly highlighted by the sun. The “dark plume” was revealed to be simply the other angles of the ship that were in shadow.
It made sense. It was obvious.
When the sun came out it changed nothing about the truth of what was there, but it completely altered what I could see.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding” Proverbs 3:5
Everything makes sense in the light of the Son.
“I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not remain in darkness” John 12:46
When you read Scriptures, they change nothing about the truth of what is around you, your day, your job, your relationships, your hopes, your mental health…. yet they can completely alter what you can “see”.
“For the Word of God is alive, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intents of the heart” Hebrews 4:12
Whatever it is that you are struggling with right now, that thing that doesn’t make sense, that you can’t get your head around, the thing you are wrestling with, shine the Light on it. Find appropriate Scriptures to read. Ask Holy Spirit to remove the clouds and let the Truth of the Word shine on to the situation.
Nothing will change – other than what you can “see”.
Replace the truth of what you see with The Truth of who He is, what His Promises are.
Everything will look a lot better!
Be on your guard though. When the sun went behind another cloud, despite the fact that I now KNEW what was there, the shape I could see went back to being incomprehensible. Not immediately. My brain retained the shape of the ship at first, but after I looked away and then back again, I realised my brain was trying to match shapes again, seeing smoke or leaping whales, instead of what it “knew” was there.
The same happens with us.
A good meeting at church, prayer time with a friend, reading this blog… the cloud clears and God illuminates your situation with His truths. Then your focus shifts again. You go home. The friend leaves. You surf on to another site.
The clouds come back.
The Truth you saw so clearly before now is murky again.
The enemy will always, always seek to fog your vision. It is easy pickings for him.
“…because your adversary the devil walks around as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” 1 Peter 5:8
“Therefore take up the whole armour of God that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:13
The answer? Being transformed by the renewing of your mind.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God” Romans 12:2
Read the Word daily. Sit with God daily. However short or long the opportunity.
Keep in touch all day – talk to Him in your head throughout the day.
Keep blowing those clouds away by declaring The Truth, His Promises, every time the clouds start to thicken. Write them out and put them on the walls, on your screen saver, on the wallpaper picture on your phone.
Renewing is an ongoing process.