One of my favorite memories of high school was driving to school with my younger brother Ben. We would open the sun roof, listen to my awesome homemade mixed CDs, and enjoy the sweet freedom of finally being out from under our parents’ roof. The drive only lasted 10-15 minutes, but there was nothing sweeter than weaving through the roads leading to our high school. The roads matched the wavelengths of the Alabama hills, leaving a few occasional tummy tickles. One part of the road passed by a lake. I have always had an obsession with every type of body of water, so needless to say my morning cruise pass the lake was my favorite part of the drive. On some mornings, if it was early enough, fog would blanket the road and make driving difficult. I would slow down, afraid of driving too quickly around the curves. The fog didn’t last too terribly long in the scheme of things. The fog was simply a sign that we were almost at our final destination.
While driving through the fog one morning, God revealed to me that frequently our life has foggy moments. God places hills and mountains in front of us, telling us to weave around the mountain’s curves to get to the top. At first, the journey’s challenge brings excitement and refreshment. A new calling, new sights, new friends, new opportunities. So much growth in such a short amount of time.
As you climb, you grow stronger. But as you climb, you also grow weaker. You long to rest, but know that God has asked you to press on through your emotional barriers, your physical exhaustion, your spiritual limitations. You continue your journey only to find yourself in the midst of fog, with your vision clouded and direction unclear. You spend time fretting over whether you should have pursued this journey, if God really was the one who called you to step out of your comfort zone. Would He really call me to do something so hard? Would He really remain silent in the midst of a hard journey? But the reality is, He is beside you and He is speaking to you. He has given you a sign: the fog. The fog reveals you’re near the top of the mountain. Breakthrough is coming. Your journey has almost come to a close, you simply have to press through the fog and trust the fact that God said there was a destination and you will reach it.
When you find yourself embracing an exciting, new journey or find yourself struggling through the fog, remember to praise Him. Through the good times and the bad. Through the clarity and the confusion. Through the stillness and the chaos. He is the Lord of Lords, He is the King of Kings. His will is perfect. His plans are good. When we feel uncertain, He is our rock. When we are exhausted, He is our strength. When life is complicated, His love is simple. He is constant. He is our compass who will guide us through the fog. The fog will pass, and we will reach the top of the mountain.
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet water, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
– Psalm 23, NIV