My husband and I traveled our way home from an appointment one recent morning through fog. This wasn’t one of those hazy kind of fogs. This was a dense, can’t-see-the-front-of-your-vehicle kind of fog. We had a twenty-five mile trip home on a highway that cut right through beautiful farmland. Twenty-five miles of big, deep hills with big, deep ditches.
The thick fog hid every bit of the landscape. All the familiar landmarks had disappeared. Suddenly, a path we had traveled countless times became completely unfamiliar. It wasn’t as though the landmarks had changed; it was just our visibility of them that had changed. It was the same twenty-five miles we had always driven. It was the same rolling hills, the same big, open farm fields.
Nothing had changed. Nothing had moved. We just couldn’t see it, but it was all there. We wouldn’t even question that fact. Yet, there we were, questioning ourselves. Had we gone by that house yet? Did we pass by the cattle? Wait, wasn’t that field before that house? Did we miss our turn? Nothing seemed so certain anymore.
We couldn’t just stop in the middle of a foggy road, so we continued to slowly move along, mile by mile until we came upon our turn off the highway we’d used for years. It was there, as it always had been. A few more gravel covered miles, and we were home.
There are times in our lives when we clearly see God’s hand in our lives. He is close. We can feel Him. We see Him at work. We see Him guiding us, and we are happy and content.
There are also times when it is not like that at all. Doubt creeps in, as it does for every one of us at some point, and suddenly we are questioning things we knew to be true. We are unhappy and confused.
He does not feel close. We aren’t even sure if He is listening. We are groping in the fog for the way. We doubt Him when we know better. We forget He is good when we know better. We forget He is faithful when we know better.
Given the chance, we would all prefer to live by sight. But fog happens. Fog doesn’t change the truth though. We still know what is there, what is real and we know what is true.
God has not forgotten us. He has not forgotten the promises He has made to us.
God is unchanging. His faithfulness is everlasting, even when we forget. He is working behind the scenes in so many ways we can’t even imagine. We can be sure He is with us. We have been promised He will never leave us.
We will all hit patches of fog in our journeys. We won’t always be able to see and understand the path ahead, but go forward anyway in faith. This place, this fog, has a purpose. It will not last; it will lift.
God will guide us when we cannot see. We can trust Him when we can’t make sense of the situation. We can hold onto Him while we are walking through the fog. So remember where your help comes from.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)
God will guide us when we can not see. We can trust Him when we can’t make sense of the situation. - Jennifer Ueckert: Click To Tweet