Clarity in Him

©Stephen Simpson/LNP, DailyMailUK

©Stephen Simpson/LNP, DailyMailUK

As I awaken to the rain, I feel the chill of the air outside. I always leave a window open in my bedroom in order to breathe fresh air overnight. The combination of drizzle and fog creates a heavy haze which hangs over the morning and my heart.

I know I shouldn’t, but I listen to the news: Congress’ attempt to gut the Independent Ethics Committee; another 39 people shot down in a nightclub; partisan politics, theology and racism still dividing the country.

Sometimes, I truly want to turn my back on it all, pull the covers over my head and stay there; become a hermit and never come out again.

On the other hand, I have this knowing deep within my soul that whenever I feel like a lone deer in a wilderness of hunters, I need to recall John 15:5.

“I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing.” The Message (John 15:5)

When I look up at the branches of the trees outside my window, I am reminded of who I am. I am a branch of the Vine, an artery of His beating Heart. I cannot exist without Jesus’ lifeblood running through me. The times I am not attentive to the Spirit’s existence within me are the times I lose hope. The moments I fail to remember I am enfolded in my Father’s embrace are the moments I succumb to the crushing weight of the world.

While the fog may cloud my view outside, my faith gives me clarity of view from the inside. I know God’s voice and I cherish it. I am comforted by His extravagant love and overwhelming grace. I am His beloved daughter, and I rise to greet the day.

6 comments

  1. Susan, I feel exactly this way every single morning. I tell myself I will not listen but then I feel I must so I am not one of the low-informed that has cost us so much. It takes a great deal of inner conviction and strength to endure what is going on and what is coming. Especially knowing how wrong the whole thing turns out to be.

    But, we have to have faith that we will come through this and this too shall pass.

    As for the fog and rain, I am so grateful for both. I rejoice in this weather we are finally having and hope it will continue long enough to alleviate the earth’s suffering here.

    Your blog is a haven of comfort.

    Happy New Year in faith and friendship. ❤

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    1. Thank you, Beth. And that’s exactly why I do tune in: to be informed. I’ve also started subscrips to Time and The New Yorker. And I will continue my posts that love is always the answer, and that it is what true Christianity is based on – not the other “stuff” people hear about on Capitol Hill.
      Love too you, my friend.

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  2. Amen and Hallelujah Sister Susan! I know just how you feel. I don’t own a TV but one cannot totally escape the news most of it bad news however we need to stay focused on Jesus. Jesus is the Author and Finisher of our faith.

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    1. Yes He is! I don’t own a TV either, but I do look at the few internet feeds I follow. It’s difficult to see the same old, same old when I know how the world can be renewed in Christ. And the first thing I must do is stay refreshed in Him.

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  3. “While the fog may cloud my view outside, my faith gives me clarity of view from the inside.”

    Amen. A wonderfully hopeful post! I also really liked how the view of the foggy scene first brought heaviness, but when looking to Christ the tree in the fog became a wonderful analogy of where our life comes from. We’re branches being held and sustained in the fog!. Awesome.

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    1. I liked the photo, too. In fact, it spurred me to write the post. As the deer, enveloped in fog, paused to look back at the Tree, the sun (Son) is breaking through the fog.

      It was a perfect metaphor for the way I was feeling, and do feel at times due to having bipolar disorder. Although I rely on medication and awareness to manage my condition, I also heavily rely on my relationship with the Lord to see me through.

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