I was driving through the early morning fog the other day and there was a point along the journey when the fog lifted, my view ahead became clear, and pre-dawn light brightened the path ahead of me. As visibility improved, I immediately thought of the Message translation of 1 Corinthians 13:12
“We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!”
I was thinking about the things we don’t like about fog. It’s inconvenient and tends to cause delays. We may not reach our desired destination as quickly as we hoped or anticipated because of this lack of visibility. This lack of sight can even cause us to drive with an elevated level of anxiety or tension.
Then I thought about the “good” thing about fog. It causes us to slow down and to become more aware of our surroundings. A typical on auto-pilot journey becomes a fully engaged, fully present journey.
I think that’s the whole purpose for our foggy faith journeys. The fog keeps us living more in the present moment. The fog keeps us relying more and more on the only One who is sovereign over every twist and turn and every uncertain step stretched out ahead. The fog will teach us more about dependence than clear skies ever could.
If the wind and waves obey him…surely the fog does too. (Matthew 8:27)
I read these words from Louise Giglio the other day. It’s referring to waiting but I think we can also apply it to delays and inconveniences caused by fog.
“If we are honest, we all hate to wait. In fact, most often we say something like, “I can’t believe this is taking so long; it’s costing me time I don’t have!” That’s because most of us consider waiting to be wasting. But it’s not so with our God.
God works while we wait. Even when you can’t see what He is doing, God is always orchestrating the events of heaven and earth to accomplish His purposes for your life. Trust in His unfailing love—love that moved Him to send a Savior from heaven to restore and rescue you. God’s plans for your life will not be thwarted. Wait patiently, knowing that waiting is never wasted when you are waiting on God.” Louie Giglio
I love this reminder: “God works while we wait. Even when you can’t see what He is doing, God is always orchestrating the events of heaven and earth to accomplish His purposes for your life.”
When our path is foggy, God is still faithful.