This image reflects what I’m seeing from my window this morning. It’s already 8 AM and a thick haze of fog envelopes my view. The wind is slightly tickling the branches on the trees so you might think it was cooling, but when I went to move my car I was faced with a giant slap of unbreathable air. Since I have Asthma I began to cough and sputter. Add to that, I am currently stage managing a musical version of “Sleepy Hollow,” and I live in the small town of Anoka, MN – “the Halloween capitol of the world,” you might believe my thinking is a little cloudy this morning.
Well, I guess it has been for the past few months. As the years pass, God has given me a good life. I know that my future is guaranteed both here and in eternity, but lately have been wondering what He wants me to do with the rest of my time here. I am convinced that work is still in the cards. Ask most retirees how they manage to live on Social Security and they’ll tell you they continue to work. So what happens when age begins to catch up with you?
Your memory fails at times – you can’t voice the right words when necessary – your body aches – you take more time to think things through – you can’t keep up the stamina of youth, but you feel you need to contribute to the earning.
Fortunately, as I was looking out at the mire and fog, I came across this Bible passage.
“When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.” 1 Corinthians 13:9-12
This is the “Love” chapter which is usually referenced at weddings, but it can really apply to all times in a persons life. We might face moments that are cloudy – whether they’re shrouded by indecision or confusion or mixed with unsureness about the future and what is in God’s plan. We don’t know what lies ahead, but God has promised us, that if we depend on Him, we can be certain it will be excellent.
When clouds cover your future – when you don’t know which way to turn – when you find yourself at a crossroads, remember that God is in control and His promise for your future is certain.