My wife blames everything on the anesthesia.
After serious surgery a few weeks ago, my recovery has not just been physical. I find myself needing mental recovery as well. For weeks, I have been living in a mental fog which is slowly – I hope – clearing.
We live much of our lives in cloudy, unclear conditions, constantly asking: “Which is the most faithful path/choice/direction for me?” “Where is God leading me?” “What is God’s will for me?” “For us?”
And, sometimes, the way forward is not instantly or immediately clear. Or, we have trouble perceiving it.
What’s around the next curve?
Our vision is clouded by sin and self-interest that anesthetize us to God’s work and will for all God’s children.
Acknowledging our shared dilemma, the apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian Christians long ago: “For now we see in a mirror dimly…” In other translations, “Now we look through opaque glass…” Things are foggy.
But God in Jesus Christ promises to lead us to that time and place when our eyes are newly focused and the truth revealed: “Then we will see face to face… know fully…” (I Corinthians 13:12).
In the meantime, how do we make our way through the fog? “Now faith, hope, and love abide… but the greatest of these is love.” (I Corinthians 13:13).
Faith, hope, and love — three beacons by which our Lord guides us through the foggy, uncertain times, until he fully awakens us from the world’s anesthesia.
“Awake you that sleep, arise from the dead, for the light of Christ will shine on you” (Ephesians 5:14).