Good morning everyone! Today I woke up to a dense fog surrounding my house with visibility only up to a few yards. It has been this way for a few days now with no signs of clearing until at least mid-day. As I peered into the fog I began to think about how there are times of fog in our own lives, times of unknown. Even right now in my own life I feel as though I am in a fog, waiting eagerly for the mid-day to clear the way. Have you been in a fog recently? Here is what I am learning so far.
Fog is necessary. Why? Because it helps us to grow while at the same time it helps us rely more on God and less upon our own understanding. Fog itself is typically temporary, but most of the time in order to get out of the fog we must walk forward through it in faith. When we move through the dense fog, the more we relying on God and the more we experience the almighty presence of God.
“A man’s steps are of the Lord; How then can a man understand his own way? (Proverbs 20:24 NKJV).
This presence of God is what ultimately clears the fog away for us ultimately helping us see the path before us. When the fog clears, I have found out over time, we usually find ourselves on a new path than what we were on before the fog. But, of course this is only accomplished by moving forward. Without moving forward we will remain on the same path as before as we wait for the fog to clear.
God uses these foggy times as times of testing to see whether or not we will stand still waiting for the fog to clear, or move forward in faith as we lean close to Him. When we move forward through the fog, even though we do not know where we are going, God leads us to a new path that was better than before. He leads us to a place of new adventure and growth as the fog speaks the truth that the path before is of old and no longer necessary.
Sometimes the fog in our life is just the presence of the Lord that has descended upon us and He is calling us to move forward in order to receive direction. Just like when Moses and the camps of Israel were at Mount Sinai and the Lord descended upon it, covering the mountain with a thick cloud. God then called Moses and he went forward in faith into the dark cloud, climbing the mountain where He met with the Lord and received His commandments. There are times we need to be like Moses and move into the dark cloud in order to receive instructions and guidance from the Lord.
“So Moses went into the midst of the cloud and went up into the mountain. And Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.” (Exodus 24:18).
I have come to realize over time that the fog in life typically shows up during stages of transitions in life. Whether it be graduating from college, job loss, retirement and so forth, these are times of renewal and transformation. I am not sure where you stand today, but if you happen to be in the fog do not just stand there waiting. Pray that the good Lord leads you along the way and then depart into the fog in faith, and watch where He leads you. A new adventure awaits, a new path is set before you. Move through the fog in faith and witness the light of God shine disperse the fog and clear the way before you.