Can’t see too far ahead in this fog. Nope, not at all. Definitely need to take time to focus on navigating the way carefully.
Funny. Underneath the fog, nothing has changed. Everything that is there in the light is still there in the dark or the fog. We just can’t see it clearly, or at all. Fog changes, hinders, and distorts our view of things. It can make us question things that we would never question in the light. What you see is what you get? Fog allows us to see very little. Fog can increase our vigilance, but it can also increase our fatigue. Fog can settle in and take over. It can overtake an area quickly, or be a slow moving presence that lingers for a long time.
But….maybe the greatest ‘fog-lifter’ is ……faith. Faith that focuses on what it knows, rather than what it perceives. Faith that trusts for the moment, rather than having to see far ahead. Faith that knows that even if it can’t see something, that it doesn’t mean it’s not there. Faith that trusts for the moment, for the minute, rather than counting on a future that may or may not be there. Faith doesn’t stop, but keeps moving forward slowly, confidently. Confidently? Yes, “con fide” ….”with faith”. Faith doesn’t fight the fog. It doesn’t fight the reality that we can only control and know so much in our lives. Faith is aware that there are much bigger ‘forces’ in our lives than what we see.
So those that walk by faith need not fear the fog. We need not fear the days when we just don’t know the road ahead. We have all we need in the minute with where we are, because God is with us in the minute. He is the One who knows the road ahead. And the beauty of it all is, He’s with us in the journey, step by step, as a lamp unto our feet, a light unto our path. Even in the darkest night or thickest fog.
I will bless the LORD who has counseled me; Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night. I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Psalm 16: 7-8