Morning fog is something to behold.  Just right before the sun rises, the fog creates a mystery, an unknown that surrounds the trees, mountains, and valleys.  There is a scenic view within nature to see the fog settled in the valley while the mountains are clear.  In contrast, looking at the foggy mountains from the valley is also a uniquely beautiful scene.  Sometimes the beauty of fog is missed because of the low visibility it creates.  It is hard to see when in the fog.  We can see better above, below or outside the fog. Vision is clouded in the fog but outside we can see around us more clearly. Even though the fog creates a scenic view, we need clarity to see it from the right perspective.

The year 2020 began with organizations and businesses using several vision related themes and statements to create a sense of direction and clarity.  Phrases like: hindsight is 20-20, perfect vison, 20-20 vision and others were seen and heard.  However, since mid-March those vision related themes have been paused due to a pandemic. 

During the course of the pandemic and sometimes even today, there is a certain level of ‘fog’.  It can be unclear to know what decisions to make regarding the safety and health of everyone. People are trying to make the best and right decision to reduce the risk regarding personal well-being in addition to the general public’s health.  We are trying to see clearly in the fog.  That is the challenge we don’t have to overcome.  We can instead remove ourselves from the fog created by the pandemic and other life circumstances.  Even without Covid-19 we have several life situations that hinder our vision by creating a fog. Taking time to step out of the fog and reflect upon what we are witnessing or experiencing is vital. We need to see clearly what is happening within us and around us. Seeking God and the truth of His Word will provide clarity for us.  

I am thankful for the truth and clarity of/in God’s Word.  In regard to salvation, the Gospel message is clear.  “But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,”that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.—Romans 10:8-10.  Just remembering that truth refreshes our vision…there is clarity.

We may need to focus less on life circumstances or the pandemic and spend time looking into the eyes of our neighbors.  Looking into someone’s eyes can provide direction as to how that person is and what they may need…love. Following another clear command: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”—Mark 12:30-31.  There is clarity in Jesus’s command to love God and others.

The direction our eyes point also shows what we are focused upon.  May we prayerfully discern how clear is our vision.  Seeing with clarity begins by stepping out of the fog and fixing our eyes on Jesus.  

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”—Hebrews 12:1-2

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