As I sit on the bus, I peer outside and cannot see much. The fog is dense and the air is heavy. We are in for a long ride I am sure. This 10 hour trip may become 12 before we done. The sun is rising but I know that only because of the time and my weather app. Somewhere above the horizon the sun is blazing for all to see unless you are covered up under the fog.
Fog is a crazy thing. When the air is pregnant with water it becomes heavy and forms low lying clouds we call fog. You cannot see well and everything slows down. Where I live, deer and other animals always seem to find their way out onto the road creating unexpected hazards. If you climb high enough you rise above the fog and can bask in the warmth of the morning sun.
Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
This verse reminds me of our fog. Here are a few reminders next time you find yourself living in a fog.
1. Slow down. Our lives are so fast-paced. We sprint from one activity to another. Work, practices, events, church, groceries, house needs, family needs, birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and the list goes on, seemingly endlessly. We live in a fog until we see Jesus. Learning to slow down in this fog we call life will keep you safe and satisfied. Who really finds joy in the rat race anyway?
2. Turn your low beams on. If you find yourself in dense fog it is critical to turn the low beams on, or fog lights if you have them. We often want to, as leaders, envision the future and we strain to look far ahead only to have a wreck in front of you. We have clear days and should look ahead then, but on foggy days we need to look closer and focus on the needs of right now. It is easy to leave behind a wake of dead simply because you never looked down and had your eyes on your own prize.
3. The sun will soon burn off the fog. Sooner or later the sun will bring enough heat and light so that the fog goes away and you can resume a normal pace. If you are in a dense patch of fog in your life, wait. The Son will soon burn it off. As sure as the sun rises, so will the Son as you put your faith in Him.
You might be living in clear blue sky. You might be in a fog. We all will face days of fog. Be prepared. Be careful. Follow the Son.