Wednesdays with Jillene: eliminating the periphery

A heavy fog settled in thick this morning.

a heavy… enveloping… stillness

Suspended droplets of water seeming to grow in intensity swallowed the normal landscape whole and replaced it with disorienting fuzzy, whiteness.

and it was beautiful… even more so as I realized what I could see in the absence of the periphery.

Do you see it? Do you see the stunning beauty of what comes into focus when the landscape fades into the fog and the field of view narrows?

God calls us to, “Be still, and know that I am God…” Psalm 46:10.

What prevents you from choosing a posture, an attitude of stillness?

The fog may have been beautiful this morning but I abhor driving in the thick fog in the dark of night. Fear sets in quickly when visibility shrinks… and not just when we’re driving.

Vision driven, detail oriented personalities struggle when circumstances settle in thick like fog… When you can’t see where you’re going… When you can’t see all the details at once… When you can’t see where this is all headed… When you can’t see how things could possibly work out for good… When you can’t see anything that makes sense… it can be downright frightening.

But sometimes God calls us to stillness and not just a cessation of movement but a focusing of vision. Because sometimes the way to see what is most important… sometimes the way to see true beauty… sometimes they way to see who God truly is… will only come by eliminating the periphery.


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