We recently were on a road trip and came across some thick fog. We could only see a little ahead of us, but nothing more. The scenery around us became invisible. Fortunately for us, it was daytime, the roads were marked well, and there was no traffic on the road. If it had been nighttime, we would have been in trouble and the chances would have been high for an accident. We would have felt fearful, especially if traffic was heavy and the roads weren't clearly marked. An hour or two later, the fog lifted and we were happily on our way.
Life can be like that, can't it? We have the strong desire to map out our plans. We want to see what's ahead of us, as we want to control our destiny. But every now and then, something happens and our plans are interrupted. We have no idea what's up ahead. And sometimes fear creeps in. A job loss, severe sickness and hospitalization, a divorce, whatever. Life isn't always a smooth, well marked road where the sunshine lights our way ahead. Sometimes, and I think we have all experienced this, we run into some really debilitating situations and we just want to stop. And for some of us, it is only then that we cry out to God.
If you are a Christian, then you know who really controls the atmosphere around you. Remember the time when Jesus was sleeping in the boat during the storm, and His disciples were scared? They woke Him up, and He rebuked the storm. They saw with their own eyes who was really in control. (Luke 8:22-25) I feel that God allows these seasons of fog to come across our path to force us to slow down. To stop and think. To stop and look up to Him. Too many times we get so focused on what WE want that we neglect our time with HIM. We want to be in control of OUR destinies. We want OUR plans to succeed. And we can find ourselves going down the wrong road because we get so distracted and lured by the beautiful scenery off the road. Off the path we're supposed to be on.
God loves you, and He is in control of the storms around you. When you can't see where you are headed, when the fog seems to be lasting forever, and when you feel like stopping, remember that He is with you. There is a purpose in this, and He has given you His Word that He will never leave you nor forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6) You have His manual, the Bible, to direct you on your road in life. He knows how long the fog will last, for He can see ahead.
Do not fear, for I am with you.
Do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
....... Isaiah 41:10
Yes, it is hard when you can't see ahead of you. This is where your faith is tested. Trust in Him. He will take care of You.