Lens of lucidity 

Although life is constantly bombarding us with experiences and occurrences each and every moment, we’re given the ability to meet them all with the lens that God has gifted us with through the view of His Word.  It is when we’re driven to know Him through the means He has provided, the Holy Bible, that glimpses of lucidity in every situation can be had.  To practice this in daily living is an art and undoubtedly, a challenge, but to ask of Him the wisdom needed to remain in this mindset isn’t a request that’ll likely go ungranted (Psalm 119:125, Proverbs 2:1-11, James 1:5).

Putting on the armor of God, as recorded in Ephesians 6:11-17, is somewhat of an extension passage to what this post is attempting to proclaim.  Truly, we have the Spirit given tools at our disposal to take on whatever comes our way as guards against the evil within, among, and all around us.  However, how aware are we of the power that comes from the wisdom we could pray for to guide us through it all?  Colossians 1:9 reads, “we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you up with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.”  Imagine being filled with that, having the insight into what God’s will would be during trying times.  Imagine holding the desires of God above all else in each word you speak, each thought you have, each move you make, each decision you are faced with.  That, surely, would seem like the pinnacle of Christian wisdom. It’d make navigating through our days seem less stressful, filled with less anxiety, and to relinquish control over to God since we’d be able to discern the “right way” would be life altering, in the very least.

Depending on the level of intimacy you have with God, you’ve likely had those brief glimpses into what Paul talks of in Phillipians 4:7; “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  In these moments, it’s as though God places lenses over our eyes and we see through them, outward to our surroundings with an overwhelming calmness. Regardless of whether we’re despairing over current events or relishing in the quietness of life, He can bless us with these lucid views of His providential parenting and provide us with the peace in not only knowing, but feeling, His presence.  These moments in time can make you hungry for more of them, more of Him, and never would that be a desire to be downplayed. However, to be entirely consumed by the seeking of this doesn’t seem realistic until we’re called home to heaven, so until then, we can hang on by hoping for more and lengthier glimpses of Him when He allows us to see with utter clarity.

One of the surest ways we can pursue this peace, in the meantime, is by looking at His creation as He sees it. How do we know what God wants for us?  What are His plans for us? Where are we supposed to be at any given time in our lives, be that spiritually or situationally? Why has He providentially placed us in this particular family, this particular vocation, or this particular place of pain?  When will our time come to meet Him, or the time for our loved ones to leave us?  Fill in your own questions for the hows, whats, wheres, whys, whens, and perhaps, God will give you the answers to those questions that He deems you’re ready to hear.  But most likely, it’ll be your questions that evolve, even dissolve, as you bury your heart, mind, and soul into the Word of God and reap what doing that sows. His purposes for His creation are laid before our very eyes, within the whole of Scripture, so when we find ourselves either desiring to know His revealed will, His plans, His heart, or wanting to catch another glimpse of lucidity in this life, praise God for giving us the means to see it all through the lens of His Word.

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