The path before us is clear when the sun is shining bright. But things are not as sharp at night. And while there’s much comfort and peace navigating during the day, much of life requires us to develop night vision.
During the day there’s little need to wonder or guess at what’s before us. Everything is exposed and we can step with confidence.
For example, perhaps decisions regarding work and relationships are as clear as day. We know exactly what’s going on and the step we need to take moving forward.
But at night things are different. The light is softer and things are not as defined. And other senses become more important as we cannot rely on sight alone.
For instance, we might sense God’s calling on our life, but it’s not yet clear how it will manifest in our day-to-day living.
Or maybe, we sense a deep connection with another but we’re not yet sure how God is using our relationship.
Likewise, there might be little clarity in navigating the social, political, and spiritual movements of our day. We sense important things happening, but we see only part of a shadowy and dim picture.
It’s tempting to just go to sleep at night and wait for the break of dawn. And many things we won’t see fully until the restoration of all things when Christ returns.
But part of our life of faith is learning to develop night vision. We give up our need for certainty and trust the guiding Spirit of God even when we don’t see.
Night brings a certain wildness and unpredictability that’s often unsettling. But when God is our light there’s nothing to fear.
We courageously engage our life and relationships even when things are not as clear as day.
Find the quiet peace of night – trusting the guiding light of God even when it’s dark.
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