What do you do when you don’t want to deal with reality? It is never easy to pause, step back, reflect, make a choice, and then act when you don’t like what the facts and circumstances are telling you. Are there tough choices ahead? The easy answer is to deny, postpone, or ignore.
Recently I was confronted. I was not doing anything categorically wrong. A friend’s blunt words of counsel were birthed by opportunities coupled with my inability to step into the gap and go after the prize. It was as if I had given up on the very values and priorities I hold dear to my heart! Every window to act was filled with misdirection. Nobody was blocking or stopping me. I was doing it to myself.
Even as I begin to see the light I found friends dealing with variations of the dilemma. In one case personal opportunities to contribute and make a difference were clouded by the lack of winning a small sense of recognition. Instead of dealing with the cloud the initial response was to seed the cloud with doubts and fears! The firestorm came, sleep was abandoned, and evil doubts found a warm place in which to grow. For another, our natural inability to see and feel Divinity fed the loneliness that threatens to overwhelm even the strongest.
Misdirection comes in many shapes and sizes. While faith sings you find misdirection questioning. God heals the blind and “they asked them, ‘Is this your son, the one you say was born blind? So how is it that he now sees?’
His parents said, ‘We know he is our son, and we know he was born blind. But we don't know how he came to see—haven't a clue about who opened his eyes. Why don't you ask him? He's a grown man and can speak for himself.’” (John 9.19-21)
When beauty multiplies and evidence walks you find misdirection in mistakes and doubt.
In times of uncertainty remember this. God loves you. You are Divinity’s child. God gift is hope, eternal and now.
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