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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Driving by Braille! Day 14 Lent 2015

Day 14  Lent 2015

"We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows !"         1 Corinthians 13.12  The Message Translation

I can remember it like it was just yesterday, driving on Highway 99, stereo blaring, leaving Fresno and hitting a patch of the deadly Tule fog.  It was early January and I was in a hurry to get to Sacramento when all of a sudden my visibility lowered to about 2 feet.  Given the fact that I was going 65 miles an hour and had no idea of who was ahead of me, or who was behind me, it became very clear why this phenomenon of the San Joaquin Valley is the leading cause of weather related causalities in California. 
What makes it so terrifying is that you know it is not safe to stop and it is not safe to continue, it is the proverbial 'damned if you do and damned if you don't' situation.  So the best thing is to slow down, roll down your window and listen attentively and keep your eyes on the fog line; oh and pray like you've never prayed before! 

The passage above comes from the famous "love chapter" and is often
omitted at weddings.  But it deserves to be read within the context of this great chapter.  There will be times in life when our options will all seem less than ideal.  There will be those moments when we aren't sure what is the best approach and will realize that the decisions we make may have important lasting consequences.  What do you do in such times?  Rely on love.  When forced into a situation with several bad options, roll down the window of prayer--straining to hear what God might be saying--then pick the one that is most loving and remember that when the weather clears--and it will--it's a lot easier to live with a decision, even if it didn't turn out right, that was based in love.

A prayer: "Dear Lord, when confronted with choices and decisions that all seem to be less than ideal, help me to find the path that is most loving, and be content with knowing that is the best that I can do.  Amen"

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