It’s Five Minute Friday! Five short minutes to write unedited on a theme sent out by Lisa-Jo Baker. Not perfect, not profound, but just writing! This week its ‘Crowd’.
Before I’ve even begun writing on this theme, the thoughts are crowding me out. A tumble of pictures, images, imaginations. Like birds feeding in a field, startled, they suddenly take flight and fill the air – the space in my mind that sometimes, but so rarely, knows a serene blue calm.
This morning here, it’s foggy – a dense blanket. No clear blue today. And in daily life I find the same, whilst longing for a clear mind, the pressures of life and the hassles and demands just crowd the peace out. It’s hard to breathe, and it’s almost impossible to see. As I step into the mist my mind freezes in the damp. I lose my bearings. If only I could see – really see – what I need to. It’s been too long since I had that clarity and it’s too easy to doubt that I’ll ever have it again.
Sometimes these seasons drag on, for longer than we think we can bear. What started out as an envisioned life, full of hope, with the love of a Saviour clearly in view, can turn to a muddy grey as the disappointments and challenges of life crowd Him out. It’s not an impossible challenge though. We can find him again… He is the one who blows the wind that clears my skies. He is the sun that burns through the dense fog of confusion. His glory cuts through it all. Sometimes we just have to stop long enough to look to the skies and trust again, leaning on the surety that the sun is still shining behind those clouds.