When one cannot see clearly, regardless of the reason, bad things often follow. The harsh reality is simply that exchanging one bad thing for another does not improve one’s situation. One must clear the haze first. Then one can assess the choices at hand. It is only after the haze clears that good things are sustainable.
I often find myself in a haze when I am tired. Tiredness can occur mentally, physically, or when I try to do it on my own spiritually. In this situation, it doesn’t help trying to do things better. I will fail. When the haze exists, working harder isn’t the answer. Exhaustion will be the only sure result. When one cannot see clearly, all the good intentions in the world are not going to get one to your destination of choice.
The irony lies in the simple fact that we live out much of our lives in a haze. We cannot see clearly. We cannot anticipate the future. We do not know what to do. Life demands, if we want to be successful, that we trust in someone or something.
I realize that many do not know the name of the God I trust. For many, the name I use is confusing. My name is often associated with bigotry, exploitation, and abuse. Others often use my name to justify being close-minded, unsympathetic, and judgmental. What is clear to me is, at best, hazy for others.
I can tell you what happens when you trust in self or anything masking itself as a god. “Those who invested in the no-gods are bankrupt—dead broke.” (Isaiah 42.17)
There is an alternative; invest in unconditional compassion, unreserved love, and unending mercy. This is a community where you and I are always welcome. This is God’s family. In the haze, God will provide refuge. In the haze, God will give direction. In the haze, God is the answer.
I know I come into today confused, dizzy, and essentially blind. God is present, waiting for me to accept a hand. The offer also extends to you.
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