Psalms 67:1-3 May GOD be gracious to us and bless us and make HIS face shine upon us, that YOUR ways may be known on earth, YOUR salvation among all nations. May the peoples praise you, O GOD; may all the peoples praise you.
诗篇六十七：1-3 愿 上帝怜悯我们，赐福与我们，用脸光照我们，好教世界得知你的道路，万国得知你的救恩。 上帝阿，愿列邦称赞你！愿万民都称赞你！
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Blinded by the Fog
It was a fog-shrouded morning, July 4, 1952, when a young woman named Florence Chadwick waded into the water off Catalina Island.
She intended to swim the channel from the island to the California coast. Long-distance swimming was not new to her; she had been the first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions. The water was numbing cold that day. The fog was so thick she could hardly see the boats in her party. Several times sharks had to be driven away with rifle fire. She swam more than 15 hours before she asked to be taken out of the water. Her trainer tried to encourage her to swim on since they were so close to land, but when Florence looked, all she saw was fog. So she quit. . . only one-mile from her goal. Later she said, "I'm not excusing myself, but if I could have seen the land I might have made it." It wasn't the cold or fear or exhaustion that caused Florence Chadwick to fail. It was the fog.
Thought: Many times we too fail, not because we're afraid or because of the peer pressure or because of anything other than the fact that we lose sight of the goal. By the way, two months after her failure, Florence Chadwick walked off the same beach into the same channel and swam the distance, setting a new speed record, because she could see the land!
"I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:14).
Many times we fail, though the goal is just near, very near because we are blinded by the fog. The fog is the threat of Satan to test our confidence, our faith in God. We are not trusting our God but we succumb by the imminent threat, Satan's threat.