As I walked the grounds of the Louisiana Book Festival to set up my booth, the early morning fog completely hid the Louisiana State Capitol from view. Not familiar with the layout of the city, I didn’t even know it was there.

A few minutes later, I could see the base of the 34-story building. And as the sun burned off the remaining fog, the entire building appeared.

Many times, an answer is right in front of us, but we can’t see it. Kind of like a brain fog — that feeling of confusion, the inability to focus or put your thoughts into words.

Years ago, my family and I toured that building after I competed at the State Social Studies Fair during my junior high years. I’ll never forget those 50 steps leading to the entrance. Everyone in the family had gone up and walked the tour, except my dad. I was so excited that after the tour, I came back and talked him into walking up with us. With two prosthetic legs, walking up 50 steps on crutches was not so easy.

But for him, the answer was clear. No distraction would keep him from walking up. We wanted him there and he did it! With grit and the determination to not disappoint, he made it to the top and completed the tour. (There are many other obstacles my dad has conquered, but those are stories for another day.)

What are you “not seeing?”

What is the thing that you cannot see? Is there an obstacle facing you right now? A distraction? Is there an answer you’re seeking but a fog keeps you from seeing it? Are you unable to focus?

In the well-known story of Mary and Martha, Martha was worried about many things. When the answer to those “many things” was standing right in front of her. Jesus.

Jesus just wanted her to rest at his feet. I wonder how many times I’ve missed something because I was distracted with my “many things?”

Can you rest today?

The song Breathe by Johnny Diaz comes to my mind. It reminds us to stop for a moment to breathe and rest at Jesus’ feet. When the day is wild and chaos calls, all we need is just to breathe and let our weary spirits rest in Him.

Maybe that’s what we need to do today. Look beyond the fog. Step away from the distractions and see the goodness, experience the peace and find rest in Jesus.


“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42


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