– by Mary May Larmoyeux – Is life confusing to you today? Does it sometimes seem to make no sense? I’m reminded of a lesson I began to learn when a ringing landline once interrupted my morning coffee.
“You might want to go outside and take a picture of the sunrise,” my husband said on his way to work. “It’s spectacular!”
Closing the front door, with camera in hand, I imagined seeing brilliant shades of red and orange conquering the early morning sky. But from where I stood that day, no sun burst forth in all its glory. Instead, from my narrow viewpoint, all I saw was fog … thick fog. And it refused to lift.
That memory makes me think of the many times when I just cannot see God at work and struggle to understand His ways. Like the time Jim and I made a contingent offer on a home in a beautiful valley. It was immediately accepted. All we needed to do was sell our house.
Well, we waited. And we waited some more. After many months of waiting, and receiving only two very low offers on our house, we decided that this new home was just not meant to be. We were not only disappointed, but also discouraged. Why hadn’t God answered our prayers?
Then, about a decade later, we knew that we should downsize our home. The economy was terrible and my hours at work had been cut. So, once again, we put our house on the market, fully expecting to wait more than a year until the right buyer came along. We were amazed when the very first couple who looked at the house purchased it!
Now instead of living at the bottom of a valley, we are living on the top of a mountain. Most of our days begin with a spectacular sunrise and end with a breath-taking sunset and a slowly rising moon. As we marvel at God’s handiwork, we can now see with our eyes the truth of Psalm 19:1-2: “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.”
I’m so grateful that God did not answer our prayer more than a decade ago for the home in the valley. I’m still asking “Why, Lord?” But now, instead of questioning God’s motives, I’m wanting to know “Why are you so good to Jim and me?”
Yes, life can be really hard … around the world, in our nation, at home. Yet it gives me hope to know that God will piece together our patchwork circumstances. That His Light is able to break through the fog and darkness.
Are you like me today, needing some inspiration? May we hang onto the words of Raymond Edman, “Never doubt in the dark what God told you in the light.”
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