Through the Fog

Through the Fog

Changes are awfully unsettling for me. I like my little nest, where everything is just so and nothing jostles me too much. I like routines and schedules, the comfort of knowing what’s going on—both immediately and in the future. Change can be exciting sometimes, but mostly it’s really tough. It’s tough leaving behind stuff I know and love, and it’s tough not knowing what’s ahead.

Not long ago, my husband and I found ourselves moving away from family and friends. We had good reasons for the move, and we knew where we were going, but of course much of the future was still a big blank. And that was scary.

Our trip took us through mountain roads at night, and as we drove, thick fog set in. There were no lights or houses lining this stretch of road, and to make things worse, it soon seemed that we may have taken a wrong turn. Great.

I squinted into the fog, leaning forward against my seat belt, trying to see where we were going. I couldn’t see any signs, and I got more and more worried that we were going the wrong way. As I said, I don’t like uncertainty.

My imagination went hyperactive, creating all kinds of awful scenarios, like being lost in the mountains or sliding off the edge of a steep cliff. Each scenario was worse than the last.

Finally I quit trying to see through the fog and settled back in my seat. I looked over at my husband, and he was confidently driving on, not worried about the fog but just slowly following the road immediately in front of us. I sat back and willed myself to relax—and sure enough, we eventually got safely through the fog and back on to clear roads, and we made it safely to our destination.

My life at the time was like that dark and fog-clouded road. All I could see was what was immediately before us, like headlights only illuminate one patch of road at a time. But God is my driver, and I can trust Him. He has a perfect driving record, and He’s always gotten me safely to my destination before. Even though I have sometimes thought we were lost, He always knew exactly where we were.

When God led the children of Israel through the desert, they didn’t have a map or a compass or a smartphone with built-in GPS telling them when to turn. They didn’t even know where they were going. All they knew was that they were supposed to leave Egypt.

While it could not have been fun being slaves in Egypt, maybe it was tough for some of the Israelites to leave the only life they knew. Maybe some of them had friends in Goshen, and at least they had had food to eat and a place to live.
But as they obeyed and followed God, He took care of them. When they ran into a dead end at the Red Sea, He opened a road for them right through the water. When they were hungry, He dropped food from the sky. When they were thirsty, He poured water from a rock. When they didn’t know which way to go, He put a cloud in front of them to lead the way.

Yet even after all that, they still doubted God. I never understood why; it was obvious that God had been with them all along. Why would they question His abundance and care after He showed them again and again what He was capable of? But then, I do the same thing. God has never failed to provide for me and guide my life, and yet I still end up fretting when the future isn’t clearly mapped out.

Proverbs 3:5–6 tells us to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Even if everything is dark ahead, if you feel like you’re in a fog and you don’t know which way to go, if you acknowledge God, if you turn to Him, He will guide you. He will keep you on the right track and bring you through to your personal Promised Land.

As I was getting ready to make this big move, I came across a Bible verse that I couldn’t remember ever having read before—Jeremiah 29:11: “‘I know the plans I have for you,’ the Lord says, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” Now that’s a promise! He has plans for each of us. He is going to prosper us. He wants to give us hope and a future. Isn’t that great?

The future still isn’t totally clear, and I know it may never be. I’m not sure how everything is going to turn out in the end, but that’s okay. I know who is in control, and I know His plan is perfect.

1 Peter 2:9 ESV / But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

Acts 2:38 ESV / And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Proverbs 3:6 ESV / In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

14 Comments

  1. March 20, 2015, 8:18 pm   /  Reply

    Quite inspiring, the article has re-energized me as am going through dark tunnel of life. I get this feeling the article is speaking to me. May God bless you

  2. Elsie
    March 21, 2015, 5:27 am   /  Reply

    Amen! This was just the message for me, I have been feeling lost and can’t seem to know where my life is headed then God just reminds me that He’s in control! Thank you for such an encouraging message. Be blessed.

  3. April 4, 2015, 4:57 am   /  Reply

    This made my day I certainly needed to hear this. Thank you God for blessing me with loving friends and for your love!

  4. Carlene
    March 20, 2017, 11:35 pm   /  Reply

    Amen

  5. March 20, 2017, 11:38 pm   /  Reply

    To mom,

    It’s very inspiring isn’t it mom?
    I Wanted to send to Vicki but afraid it would not be accepted gracefully. Afraid I would be pushing Christ our Savior onto her too quickly. He has came into my heart. I feel do cleansed.
    Your daughter.
    Kay

  6. March 21, 2017, 12:45 am   /  Reply

    LORD ALMIGHTY I TRUST ON YOU

  7. March 21, 2017, 12:57 am   /  Reply

    Help comes in many forms. Prayer changes things. God will prevail. Trust his plan and move forward.

    • Laura Cunningham
      March 21, 2017, 6:19 am   /  Reply

      Thank you. This speaks to me. 🙂

  8. March 21, 2017, 1:14 am   /  Reply

    This message was truly delivered through you for me from God. I am truthfully thankful to know that He knows all the plans that’s in store for my life. I thank You again Father and I love you.

  9. March 21, 2017, 3:13 am   /  Reply

    Praise God He is wanting communication and love from His children! I know this was for me today! I and I know the perfect person to share this with! Let’s All really Praise our Father today! Amen

  10. shelley
    March 21, 2017, 10:06 am   /  Reply

    As I read this I am close to a state of panic. I am unable to find a job, have a 15 year old son who needs to have a roof over his head, eat and be clothed, yet I don’t know where any of these things are going to come from if I don’t locate a job. I have to learn to live by today’s devotional. I must learn to trust in God, and our Lord, and know that things will be all right as long as I have faith in our Lord and realize that worrying does not accomplish anything. I must learn to change my ways to the ways that make the Lord happy with me. Please pray that I will find the strength to do what the Lord asks me to do, and I will pray for you all as well. God Bless!!

  11. Mariam
    March 21, 2017, 11:35 pm   /  Reply

    This passage suits me cos am going through a fog right now. Heavenly father I do acknowledge you and ask that you take charge and control of all my predicament in Jesus name. AMEN

  12. RYmond
    March 22, 2017, 6:18 am   /  Reply

    Amen that really blessed me

  13. Olivia
    March 22, 2017, 9:34 am   /  Reply

    Before I read the article, I was praying to God to show me the way and to lead me where I am supposed to God. ..and as soon as I read the article I said to myself. ..is this coincidence or God is letting me know that HE is in the driver’s seat of my Life. Whatever it is, I know God will never leave me alone. Please Lord be with me. Amen

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