[CF Devotionals] 2019-12-04 - Mist, Storms and Fortune Cookies

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The day after Thanksgiving, my husband, daughter and I went out for an early dinner before coming home and settling in to watch some college basketball. A cold front had been moving in all day, and a bit of misty rain was coming and going, but it did not deter us from enjoying a wonderful evening together at one of my husband’s favorite restaurants on his birthday. At the close of the meal, we opened our fortune cookies, and each had a positive vibe to them. His said “Something amazing is going to happen to you this weekend.” Our daughters said, “Investigate the new opportunity that will soon become an option.” Mine said, “Remember three months from this date. Good things are in store for you.” Fortunes have a hint of proverb-type wisdom to them very often, but can also be peculiar and dark, too.

Imilarly, mist can be cool and refreshing or gloomy and bone-chilling, depending on how we view it that day. Just after such a wonderful evening, I began to feel rough; migraine made a come-back from the morning - and in part, I hoped that the ‘three months from this date’ mentioned in the fortune would be correct. God put a mist in the Garden of Eden to hydrate life created. He also made mists driven by storms for those caught up in wrongdoing and darkness (sometimes for correction, sometimes not). We can choose how we see God’s plan - past, present and future. We can also find wisdom from his word in managing the moments of invigoration along with the downcast ones. We ought not allow our frailty to keep us from receiving all that the Father has for us. Amazing things, new opportunities and future moments - when left in God’s hands - can be filled with hope. It is how he intended it.

“This is what the Lordsays: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” (Jeremiah 29:10-12 NIV)

“And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mist from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground.” (Genesis 2:5-6 KJV)

“But he was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey—an animal without speech—who spoke with a human voice and restrained the prophet’s madness. These people are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of the flesh, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error.” (2 Peter 2:16-18 NASB)

“Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia and from there they sailed to Cyprus. When they reached Salamis, they began to proclaim the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews; and they also had John as their helper. When they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they found a magician, a Jewish false prophet whose name was Bar-Jesus, who was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a man of intelligence. This man summoned Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God. But Elymas the magician (for so his name is translated) was opposing them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith. But Saul, who was also known as Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, fixed his gaze on him, and said, “You who are full of all deceit and fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to make crooked the straight ways of the Lord? Now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you will be blind and not see the sun for a time.” And immediately a mist and a darkness fell upon him, and he went about seeking those who would lead him by the hand. Then the proconsul believed when he saw what had happened, being amazed at the teaching of the Lord. (Acts 13:2b-12 NASB)


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All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted


All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted


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