Love Never Fails : When squinting in a fog

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“We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist.” (1 Corinthians 13:12 MSG)

Do you ever feel like the future is a fog? Like there is nothing but overwhelming challenges with unknown solutions? More questions than answers, more fear than confidence?

I often feel that way. I want to know the outcome of most decisions and situations. I want a sure and clear path with well lit markers that tell me I’m heading in the right direction. Instead, most of the time I find that I’m straining and squinting, trying to perceive what is ahead. I can’t see it clearly, so I struggle to push my way forward, trying to make things happen that aren’t ready to happen yet.

“… it won’t be long before we’ll see it all as clearly as God sees us…” (1 Corinthians 13:12 MSG)

It won’t be long… that means we have to wait. I don’t like waiting, do you? It means I don’t get the answer, whatever that may be, until I wait for Him to make it all clear. It means I keep putting one foot in front of the other and trust that the path will be made clear in just the right time and trust him with the outcome that’s ahead.

“But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do… Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly.” (1 Corinthians 13:13 MSG)

Trust steadily in God. Do I trust him? Do I really believe that my future is going to be alright and that he holds my days? I will choose to trust steadily, even when the way seems foggy.

Hope unswervingly. Can I stay the course, knowing that my hope is in Christ and in him alone? Will I choose to allow the fog of the present to take me off the path or will I trust in the hope that in the end I will see clearly? I will choose hope in things I can’t see, knowing that he loves me and has my best interests at heart.

Love extravagantly. Without trusting steadily and hoping unswervingly, I don’t think I can love extravagantly. If I’m too caught up in managing the outcomes of the future, I will miss the opportunity to love extravagantly today. I will choose to love extravagantly, even in the midst of my own struggles and uncertainties.

“And the best of the three is LOVE.” (1 Corinthians 13:13 MSG)

Will you join me in choosing to trust, hope and love despite the uncertainties that lie before us? I hope we all will, because

Love Never Fails

Love Never Fails

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