“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” John 1:5
Last night, thick fog rolled in. Clouds kissing the very ground – how romantic! During the winter where I live, the phenomenon of fog produces something magical.
It’s like a lacy combo of cotton candy and feathers – stuck fast to the trees, fences, and structures. Even the weeds are dressed in their winter formal attire! If you’ve never seen it up close, you are truly missing out. Today, the world is painted with white gossamer, rather a ‘winter wonderland theme park’ effect. (Eat your heart out, W Network Christmas movie set decorators!)
But there is another reality to fog that is not so glamorous.
This photo was taken at noon.
The thick fog all but obliterated those powerful sunbeams trying so hard to shine through. Pulling onto the highway this morning, we were immediately struck with the challenging side of this weather phenomenon.
It’s stunningly beautiful, yes. But tricky when you want to get somewhere. Visibility was dramatically reduced. My mister had to drive with much more care and attention, because we couldn’t see much of the road ahead of us.
Aren’t some days like that?
Dull. Gloomy. Challenging. Just plain exasperating.
Hard to navigate.
We know intellectually that the sun truly is shining above the clouds, above the thick folds of fog which lay like a throw rug on our comfort. It’s just hard to convince our hearts some days.
Isn’t this where faith comes in?
It’s easy to choose a direction and start out with a confident smile when the sun is bright and the roads are clear.
Not so much when the fog is thick enough that you can’t see the obstacles in your way, let alone avoid them.
When you hit a foggy patch, that is when faith kicks in. It reminds you that you are never alone. That the Son is indeed still shining, even when our senses are overwhelmed by evidence to the contrary. That whatever happens, the God of heaven is working even through this gloomy place to develop your character and make you more like Jesus.
Don’t lose heart when the fog rolls in – when you are challenged. When your heart hurts. When failure or anxiety or grief or disappointment make you believe that you will never see clearly again.
But do watch for the beauty it will leave behind when it has done its worst!
No matter what, there is a Light that still shines in the darkness.
His name is Jesus.
Trust Him through the foggy patches with me?
Father, how many reminders we need when things look bleak and our path is unclear. Keep us faithfully moving ahead, one step at a time, knowing You will guide us as we learn to trust Your leadership in our lives. Amen.
Here is a link to a poem called Illuminated on my poetry blog. If you head over there are search for ‘hoarfrost’, you’ll find many little gems that explore this idea of frost.