Inspiration: Clarity is coming
By Dianna Hobbs // Your Daily Cup of Inspiration // Devotion
A life of faith can feel like looking out of a window with a big blot on it that you can't see through. You don't have clarity. Nothing makes sense. You don't know what God is doing.
Are you going through a season when things are hazy?
If so, you can relate to the frustration of having so many promises you're believing God to fulfill and yet, nothing is happening. There are far too many loose ends and the full picture isn't coming into focus. Your deepest desire is for understanding and clarity.
It reminds me of something that happened a little while ago when I noticed a woman standing frozen in front of me with a puzzled look on her face.
“Am I crazy?” she asked aloud.
For a moment I was thrown off. She wasn’t looking at me, though she seemed to be talking to me—or someone near me.
That afternoon, I was at our daughter Kyla and Kaiah’s dance school where they were having recital photographs taken. It had been a busy morning getting them ready. Once we made it on time, I was leaning against a wall waiting for Kyla’s turn to be photographed.
“That clock behind you,” the woman pointed. “See that? Are those numbers backwards or is it me?”
I turned around to check out what she was talking about.
“No, you’re not crazy,” I acknowledged after seeing it for myself. “The numbers are backwards. You’re right.”
I snapped a picture.
Relieved, she said, “Okay, so at least I know I’m not losing it, because someone else sees it.”
Just then, another mom interjected and explained, “The clock is supposed to be backwards, because it’s not made for you to look at it on the wall.”
She said, “The reverse-time clock is designed to show the correct time in the mirror, so the dancers and instructors don’t have to turn around. They can just look straight ahead and see what’s behind them.”
The woman who understood the clock’s purpose and design had no confusion whatsoever. Her clarity made all the difference.
This makes me think about the blind man who was brought to Jesus in Mark 8:22-25. When the Messiah came to Bethsaida, these folks were begging Jesus to touch and heal the man. The Bible says Jesus spit into the man’s eyes and placed His hands on him and asked him, “Can you see anything now?”
The man looked up and said, “I see people. They look like trees walking around.”
As you can see, immediately, the man received his sight, but he lacked clarity. Vision without clarity is no good, right? The work obviously wasn’t completed. Jesus wasn’t through with this man yet. So He placed His hands on the man’s eyes a second time and this time around, the man saw clearly. His sight was completely restored. Not only could he distinguish people from trees, but he was also able to see things from a distance.
Friend, God doesn’t half-do anything. Although what you are praying, hoping and believing for may not happen right away, the Lord will complete the work in your life.
He will not forsake His word. He will not leave you hopeless. He will not fail you. He is faithful to fulfill every promise. God didn’t bring you this far to leave you. He will finish what He started.
I know you may not see the full picture now. You don’t have all the answers. You want more clarity and insight. You’re tired of not having the security of certainty. You feel like you’re walking around in the dark, stumbling and groping for answers. Don’t be defeated in your mind and down in your spirit.
The same God who took the blind man through his process of healing, breakthrough and deliverance, is carrying you through yours. Just hang in there. Trust the process.
On days when a thick fog covers the road, making it nearly impossible to see where you’re going, know that the Lord is with you. He is directing you and guiding your footsteps. In due time, you will clearly see His plan unfold.
In the meantime, to encourage you, I’m stirring Philippians 1:6 NIV into your cup of inspiration, which says, “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, know that it’s not over. God has a good plan for your life that will be revealed at just the right time.
Through dark days, keep believing.
Clarity is coming and deliverance is, too.
Now let’s pray.
God, I don’t always know or understand what You’re doing, but I yet trust You. When I feel overwhelmed by the wait and the weight, give me strength to stand steadfast upon Your promises, knowing that You are faithful to fulfill Your word. In Jesus’ name, Amen.