One True Thing

Hands clutching a mug of sweet coffee, I pinch my eyes closed to hear the sound of the ocean in tree leaves. Wind sways them like waves. I open my eyes to return to the reality of neighbours, concrete and hydro lines. Far above it all, wind pushes thick layers of grey cloud toward the single patch of blue sky. I consider how it must look above the clouds – sunny, clear sky, a perfect day. The patch of blue shrinks and is swallowed by a sky of grey. All is cloudy and grey from where I sit, yet I know the sky above has not changed. It is still blue, sunny and clear – just hidden from my view.

I understand Solomon’s rants about how life is, in many ways, useless or unfair or impossible to understand. My feelings, views and beliefs seem real and concrete to me but are, in fact, full of deception. They change based on circumstance or as I gain new understanding. How, then, can I maintain any opinion, belief or feeling when it may not be real or true? What can I rely on?

The only constant is our unchanging God. “He is the same yesterday, today and forever”. What I feel, believe or understand won’t ever change who he is or his plans for me. As I know God more and more, I become more confident of who I am, my purpose, and I am assured that he is the one right thing. He is true. He is good. He is alive and real. Sometimes I can’t see him beyond my grey clouds of misunderstanding, but he’s still there and still the same.  Of all the things I’ll never know or understand that is one thing I can know for sure. God is real and good and unchanging.

Some Helpful Verses:

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.
Hebrews 13:8

“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked.
Who really knows how bad it is?”
Jeremiah 17:9

“…The Lord! The God of compassion and mercy!
I am slow to anger and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.”
Exodus 34:6

“For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.”
1 Corinthians 4:20

Thank you Lord, that you are the same yesterday, today and forever. My sight is clouded by the worries of this life and sin,– misunderstanding, guilt, lies, selfishness, pride. Please forgive me for believing these lies instead of your truth. Lord thank you for opening my eyes more and more as you reveal yourself to me. Please don’t ever stop, even when it’s painful. I love you and want to know you more. Lord, help me to see past the clouds of this world, and into the blue sky of your truth and eternity. Thank you Jesus. Amen.


Faith Imagined said...

We live in a society that bases our actions on how we feel so this post is so refreshing and full of truth! This line especially spoke to me, "My feelings, views and beliefs seem real and concrete to me but are, in fact, full of deception."

MTJ said...

Hello FMS,

Today is my first visit to your blog and I noticed the post called One True Thing, so I followed the link to read it.

The first time I flew in an airplane gave me a visual perspective I could have never experienced from the ground; seeing above the clouds. It's true, the sky is still blue and the sun shines just as brightly.

This is also true of God, as you say, "Sometimes I can’t see him beyond my grey clouds of misunderstanding, but he’s still there and still the same."

When the grey clouds come in my life, I'm thankful that He reminds me that the Son still shines in resurrection power; interceding on my behalf as my Advocate.

Without God's reassuring truth, life would get hopeless very quickly.

Thanks for sharing this.