A couple of nights ago I found myself driving through very thick fog – at night. As visibility was reduced to about 50 yards, I had to drive very slowly and be vigilant. At least I was able to follow the white line at the side of the carriageway.
I could see nothing of the countryside I was driving through; the usually bright lights of the nearby homes and factories were obscured and I even passed the familiar flood-lit church on the hill without recognizing it was there. The fog blanketed everything and the headlights lit up only the short distance ahead.
I felt very alone. The cars ahead of me were driving faster than me, so pretty soon their comforting red tail lights had disappeared. There were no visible reference points with which to judge where I was on the familiar journey, and, apart from the slight vibration of the road, there was little to indicate that the car was moving! Eventually I arrived home safely. But the experience made me think of my life’s journey.
There are exciting times when the road ahead is clear. God has made his will plain and it is a joy to be actively engaged in his plan.
But it may be that the fog comes down. One day you realize you are simply plodding on, doing what God told you to do, but without much joy or vision. It can happen. Circumstances change, burdens come, things aren’t quite the way they were when you started out on this part of your life journey. What can you do?
You can keep moving on and following the “white line”. If God called you and you have been obedient, then you can be sure of his continued presence. Let him be your guide, your white line. When every other form of guidance is obscured, and you don’t even feel you are moving forward, stick to him, keep doing what you are doing in trust and obedience, and you’ll come out of the fog.
It takes perseverance and focus to safely complete a drive in fog. It’s the same with us. God’s Word is a lamp to our feet. Like the headlights in the fog, he doesn’t always let us see very far ahead. But he shows us enough to stay safe and keep moving forward.
Is the familiar countryside of your life blurring a little right now? Are you wondering if you have lost your way? I hope it will help you to remember that you have one unfailing point of reference – God himself. Focus on him, stay close to him, cultivate your relationship with him, and you will find that everything else will fall into place. The dullness of soul will lift as you turn your face to his radiance.
David the Psalmist had that confidence. His words still encourage us today:
I would have lost heart, unless I had believedThat I would see the goodness of the LORDIn the land of the living.Wait on the LORD;Be of good courage,And He shall strengthen your heart;Wait, I say, on the LORD!Psalm 27:13,14 (New King James Version)