Driving home in the dark from work last week, I suddenly found myself lost in a sea of fog. The further I drove, the more dense it became. At times I couldn’t even tell where I was and I was disoriented. Was I in the right lane? Was I too close to the edge? As the fog became more intense, so did my fear.
Unlike a similar experience many years ago, there were pockets of clarity. The faint markings of the center line flickered momentarily in and out illuminating the darkness like a motion sensored light. The greatest assistance came from the light of a passing vehicle. Though the cars were barely visible, the light from the headlights helped to assure me I was on the right path.
Our spiritual journey in life is often like driving in the fog. There may be periods of days, weeks, months or even years when we feel lost in a sea of uncertainty or even fear. There may be flickers of light to keep us going or we may be driving blind for what seems like an eternity. We may be facing the fog of a financial hardship, divorce, sickness or even death with the feeling that we may be trapped in it’s hold forever. (As I write this, my own father is dying.) We may ask ourselves, where is our light through all of this? Where is our assurance of hope? Though He may seem invisible, God is with us.
He is present in each one fo us. We are called to be lights to the world. The gifts we possess are there to be used to help one another. We may not be able to remove the troubles from one another’s lives, but we can be there to guide each other through them. We can listen, comfort, support, and pray for each other. By being present for each other, we shine God’s light into a dark and broken world.
God is also with us in the Scriptures. Psalm 119:105 says, “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” God’s word of hope pierces through the darkness and gives us the courage to keep moving forward. God does not promise to take away our suffering, but He does promise that He will be with us and that He will have the final victory! The Bible is filled with examples of how God brings people through difficult times. It is filled with eye witness accounts of His miracles. God is still working miracles today, but there can be no miracle without first the suffering. We must have the faith to know that God will turn our pain to joy.
Romans 5:1-5 says, “We also boast in our sufferings, knowing that our suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not dissapoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.” God’s Word gives us the courage to drive through the darkest, most dense fog imaginable for “we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Cor. 5:7
Life is going to be filled with joy and pain, darkness and light, laughter and tears, but God will be with us through it all. “Be not afraid.” Jesus spoke these words often because He knoes that as humans it is our nature to be afraid, but He will give us the courage to move forward through our fears.
As we travel through life, let us remember that fear and uncertaintly won’t last forever. Make room for daily Bible reading, be a light to one another, and make a space for Grace each and every day.