The warning on the weather app the night before called for dense fog during morning commute hours.
When I woke, another app notified me that my dear friend’s sweet father had passed away unexpectedly. The morning’s tangible heaviness outside seemed to symbolize the fog her grief-stricken family must be feeling.
The journey sure gets disorienting when fog settles in.
That roundabout I take every morning wasn’t quite so easy to navigate when I could only see a few feet in front of me.
It took me a few minutes to realize the car was headed in the wrong direction. The navigation app on my phone couldn’t help because I was out of the network’s reach. Country roads lined with beautiful cornfields suddenly became a cloudy labyrinth I could not navigate alone.
I whispered a little prayer, turned north, and hoped something would look familiar soon. Each unfamiliar intersection reminded me how close I am to getting lost every day. Just a couple wrong turns and suddenly I have no idea where I’m going.
As I drove, each thought of my friend’s grief reminded me how any day has the potential to bring news that makes us feel disoriented. Job loss, death, a new diagnosis, bad financial news, a wayward child…any of us could wake up tomorrow to a disorienting fog if we aren’t already there.
When the proverbial fog makes us feel lost, there are a few things we can count on every time:
- When the world looks all hazy, there is always beauty to be found. Allow yourself to embrace the mystery, even just for a moment, without trying to solve it.
- Enjoy the “now.” Seeing a mile down the road is highly over-rated. His Presence is here and now. Not off somewhere else.
- Dependence is not always a bad thing. We all need guidance…hands to hold…prayers going up on our behalf. This fog could actually make our relationships richer and more honest when we ask for help.
- The sun’s brilliance eventually burns off even the heaviest fog. The spiritual parallels here are many. The sun is stronger than the fog.
- Here’s the most important one. Even when we don’t know where we are or what is going on around us… HE DOES. He sees. He knows everything.
Here is our Shepherd’s promise to all us wandering, scattered sheep who aren’t seeing clearly:
Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock on the day he is among his scattered sheep, so will I seek out My sheep and deliver them from all the places where they were scattered on a cloudy and dark day. (Ezekiel 34:11-13 NKJV)
Anyone else ever get lost in the fog? How do you navigate through it? Or are you there now? Talk to me.