In a fog — and loving it.
Today on my way to church this morning, I drove through some pretty thick fog. It certainly wasn’t the worst fog ever, because I could see around 50 feet in front of me or so. But, I certainly had no idea of what was ahead of me, and I had to slow down more than usual and be very careful. That got me thinking about our walk with the LORD. When there is no fog, we can see clearly what is up ahead. We can see the curves, we can see other vehicles, and we can see the signs. But here’s the thing: When everything seems clear and wide open in front of us, how do we respond?
I don’t know about you, but it’s then I can get cocky. I can think I’m in control of where I am going. I tend to put the pedal, not all the way to the metal, but closer to it, for sure. What could go wrong? I’m a pretty good driver, don’t ya know? I’ve been done this road before a thousand times. What do I need God for, anyways? Sometimes, when everything seems clear, we can have a tendency to rely on our own strength, forgetting how dependent we are for our very breath, and for the blood that flows through our veins. There are a gazillion things beyond our control, and we really have no idea what lies around the next corner. The fog reminded me of that once again.
If someone is said to be “in a fog,” it means that they are confused, dazed or disoriented.
This morning, the fog reoriented me.
I was reminded of my need for God, in a fog. I need to thank Him for the breath of life every single day. I need to ask for my daily bread, and to tell Him how dependent I am on Him for everything.
In the sermon today, I quoted a favourite passage of mine. John 15:5:
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
– John 15:5
I often remember this verse in prayer and let my LORD know that I don’t want to do anything apart from Him. I want to go into the fog or into the bright wide open trusting that He has everything under control. I have no idea what’s around the next corner. I’m not in control, and that’s a wonderful thing. I’m controlled by God, and that’s exactly how I want it.
You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you.
New International Version, Romans 8:9.