I was driving home the other day & it was foggy! Very foggy! I couldn’t see more than about 25 feet in front of my car. Of all driving conditions, I dislike fog the most. I don’t know about you, but I hate the sensation of not knowing what’s ahead. But, having to drive so slowly, switching back & forth between high beam, low beam, & fog lights gave me to think. There are times when I have experienced “spiritual fog”; times when I couldn’t see very far ahead.
I looked up fog on the internet & found a layman’s definition: a cloud which is touching the ground, formed when temperature conditions are right, from air that is very dense with moisture.
So, why do I experience “spiritual fog”? Could it be that my way is “dense” or cluttered, with unconfessed & unrepented sin, nonessential activities; my way is dense & I can’t see through it. Or perhaps it is God, drawing a veil over my future so I will be forced to trust Him.
In dealing with this spiritual fog, I must discover its source. If my way is foggy because I have moved from the straight path of God’s will, I must get back on the path. I must repent of my sin, unclutter my life. If it is because God is veiling my way, I must slow down & trust Him; surrender my agenda to Him.
One thing I discovered as I was driving slowly through that pea-soup fog: my high beam lights were useless! Trying to see too far down the road only made my way foggier! The road ahead disappeared into a blurry whiteness & I found myself straining to see farther ahead--& missing what was right in front of me. My low beam lights gave me a much clearer view of what was right in front of my car.
Now, I’m sure you know where I’m going with this! God desires me to trust Him with what’s ahead, no matter what it is. When the fog comes, I must slow down & focus on what He has put right in front of me. That could mean getting rid of some activities in my life. It could mean realigning my focus from one activity to another. Or, it could mean narrowing my attention from a group of people to one person; even focusing upon my own spiritual needs for a time.
When the fog comes, He is calling me to attention. I don’t need to be afraid of it. He’s not even calling me to pull over & stop most of the time (although He may do that at times). He calls me to slow down, take time to think, focus on what’s really important--the things He has placed right in front of me. He calls me to stop trying to see farther down the road than He knows is good for me, because He is already there.