Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. (Psalm 119:105)
Winter fell early here in Manitoba, with short days and long nights. Cold air resting on the still-warm ground filled the atmosphere with fog dense enough to trigger zero highway visibility warnings.
Concentration became close to impossible. I would list the things I wanted to accomplish in my head, but often even the essentials slipped through my fingers. As morning became evening, I would remember all that I had not done. It wasn’t that I lost interest; I really did want to bake bread, file all the papers piling up in the den, read the book sitting by my chair, and put words on paper. I wanted to write, but I could not make it happen. It all weighed heavily on my heart. The longer my to-do list became, the more my anxiety grew.
LISTENING TO GOD’S WORD
Mercifully, God was there… and He gave me a way to notice Him more than ever.
“Listen,” was His one-word reply.
“I am listening, I always listen,” I countered, “but I miss the Bible.”
“That’s why I said ‘Listen,’ my child. Use an audio version of My Word.”
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17)
I opened the Bible Gateway app on my phone and searched for the first chapter of Matthew. There was a small icon of a microphone.
“Here goes,” I said out loud, settling back into my chair.
The sound was crisp and clear. I had the sense that not only was God Himself telling me His story, but that He also was wrapping His presence around me.
I penned the following words in my journal to remember this light in the fog.
IN THE FOG
Today was blurred
fuzzy around edges
and here am I
in moments soft,
knowing not only His
but His heart
as I choose to linger
long in the stillness
of His shadow
descends and expands
Father God, when all around us and inside us seems foggy and grey, help us to remember that You are our source of light and life. Your Word sustains us if we read, hear, and remember it. We praise You that we do not walk in quicksand but in the truth of Your Word. In Jesus’ name, we pray.
QUESTIONS TO PONDER
- Have you ever found it difficult to read the Bible?
- Have you tried listening to an audio version?
- If so, what was the difference between listening and reading?
Chronic Joy® Staff Writer and Prayer Team
Karin is a handmaiden of the Lord, saved by grace, a worshiper, a poet, a broken heart, a lover of words, His work in progress on the Potter's wheel. She is hungry for truth and amazed by love. After five years in Africa, Karin and Rick (her beloved husband of twenty years), are back in rural Canada where chronic pain drives her to the feet of Jesus. She is powered by prayer, love, and many cups of strong coffee. She is the author of From Ashes to Glory (A Psalm a Day).
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