Monday – A Spiritual Blizzard
By George Volpe
”Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.” Psalm 62:8
If you’ve ever driven in a blizzard, you know the helpless feeling of the car moving under you while everything outside turns completely white. Zero visibility is beyond scary. You’re moving, but you don’t know where the car is headed. It’s hard enough to stay between the lines in perfect conditions. In white-out conditions, safe navigation is virtually impossible.
We rely on what we see to navigate in an automobile. Oh sure, GPS is great, but we still have to see the road under us to get there. Before navigational tools, ships and planes had to rely on visual landmarks like stars and landscape. Navigational instruments available today are so developed the pilot can proceed safely with no visibility. Comforting if you’re a passenger.
But how do they do that? All navigational tools rely on fixed or known locations, whether they are satellites, true north, magnetic north, stars, horizon, or other fixed attributes of our world. Without relating to a fixed or constant location in space, you cannot tell where you are, or how to get where you want to go.
Every day we depend on things that are reliable constants all around us to navigate life. Solid ground under our feet, power, water, food, our home, civic order, and so on. When one of these things is damaged or taken away, we are hit head-on with unwelcome change. Our steady rock-solid world collapses. We get so used to things that have been so dependable in the past that we lose our sense of peace, direction, and comfort. Change can be a seriously disruptive force.
So how is it that we can walk through life in a spiritual “white-out” without a care in the world? How do we expect to navigate if we ignore His direction and guidance? You cannot open your eyes without seeing the evidence of the presence, the majesty, and the mighty work of God. You cannot live one day without recognizing the reality of sin in the world. We cannot hope to navigate either this life or the life to come without God’s help.
We would never embark on a journey on open sea without knowing how to safely navigate. We must have some fixed mark, some constant and unmovable standard we can rely on to know where we are, and where we’re going, no matter what happens around us.
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8) Without Jesus, we are wanderers in a world that is not dependable and does not have our best interests in mind in this life or in eternity. Jesus is our only Rock, our only unchanging Savior.
Read Psalm 62.
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