"Looks can be deceiving", or so the saying goes. Those of us with sight, become so accustomed to being able to "see" what's in front of us. However, when things get hazy or our visibility is limited, we find it difficult to function and may even make costly decisions. Recently, our town was blanketed in thick fog for the whole day. It was difficult to get around town and you could feel how antsy everyone was.
Sometimes our spiritual walks are like this...we get distressed when we can't see the whole picture or when the picture we see is not what we want to see. We are deceived by the outward appearance of the situation and do not see the inner workings of the Spirit of God. I will admit to you that I had a difficult week. I love my children dearly and I love that I have the freedom and ability to homeschool them. It is a choice that my husband and I made years ago and I am thankful that we are still doing it. However, there are many days when I don't see the incremental progress in academic areas or spiritual maturity. Heck, there are days I don't see ANY progress, and those are the hard ones. There are days when my oldest and I clash and it leaves behind the rubble of our very hearts. I see a situation one way and he sees it another, and we both want the last word.
Last week on one particular night, my soul was downcast as I looked back on the day. Had I made any progress in the spiritual realm of my children's souls? Had I been the hands and feet of Jesus to them? Would they ever pass a standardized test? Was I ruining them? And would they ever recover? How could I be such a bad mom? And so the questions ran on. You know who's voice I was listening to, right? The deceiver.
Thankfully, God's Word and His truth came to me and pulled me out of my pity party the next morning. We are called to "walk by faith, not by sight." If I am committing my ways to the Lord and bringing my children up in the knowledge of Him, I can rest assured that He is in control of all things and they will be fine. Actually, whether I do everything perfect or mess up royally, God is still in control and I am told to trust Him...walking by faith. There will come a time when all things will be made crystal clear to us. Until that day, we can't always trust what we see in front of us, but we can always trust the Lord.
I know that my "rough" week is a cake walk compared to what many of you may be going through in your marriages, with your own children, with sickness or even financial struggles. Please know I am in no way trying to belittle your circumstances. My prayer is that you will listen to the still, small voice of the Lord that says, "Trust Me...walk by faith, not by what you see in front of you." For we, too often, focus on the obstacles in our way, because that is what we see. Remember, looks can be deceiving. Trust the One who made the path you are on...He knows the detours and can move the mountains in front of you. Blessings to you this week, my friends.