I got a text this morning as I was leaving that said be careful, the roads might be slick.
They weren't, but the drive sure was foggy as ever.
It wasn't when I started, but once I got to the highway, bam. Fog.
As the sun was coming up, everything was covered heavy in frost, and all the fence poles and fences and fields and just everything looked so beautiful as the sun started to poke up over the fields and shine on it.
Until, the fog.
Fog is a crazy thing. It can be clear as day one second, and then hard to see even feet in front of you the next. That's how it was the whole drive. It'd be super foggy for 20 or so minutes, then it'd break and it'd be clear for about half a song and then bam, it's back.
You have to really focus when it's there, otherwise there might be a collision if you're not careful.
There was one point when the car in front of me had stopped for a car to turn in front of it, and if I hadn't been watching right in front of me, I would've easily ran right into him.
Once again, when the stop sign I stop at every single day seemed to appear right out of thin air because I hadn't been able to see my surroundings and it came up quicker than I remember. Slams breaks.
The fog was a heavy reminder for me of life.
We have an idea of the way we want it to go- we worry, we plan, we anticipate, we get stressed because we think we need to have it all figured out.. and then the fog comes and we have no idea what's next. We can't see what's right ahead of us, let alone what's coming next month or next year.
We begin to stress out because we feel as if the Joneses next door have their lives all put together neat and perfect and here we are, just trying to drive inch by inch to the destination.
But really, do any of us have it all figured out?
No, definitely not.
The Lord doesn't call us to, so why do we put that pressure on ourselves?
All we have to do is take the next step and know that He will meet us where we are. Trust Him to guide you into the future He has for you. Focus on the next step, pray for guidance, direction, discernment and wisdom to know. He'll meet you there.
Life isn't black and white, it's full of twists and turns that, like the fog, we don't always see coming.
One of my favorite passages this year is in Ezekiel 37- when the Lord brings the dry bones to life.
They'd been there a long while, but He gave them breath. The dry bones can represent our lives at times.. Dead, dry... foggy, uncertain.
However, He can breath new life into any and every situation. He can restore, mend, and renew. He will direct, guide, and take you to the places He has planned for you.
Sometimes it takes a big leap of faith. Sometimes we will be afraid. Sometimes we honestly don't know what will happen if we do this or do that, but God already knows. Keep your eyes focused right on the One in front of you- who loves you and wants to give you a life that's more than you can even imagine.
When His timing is just right, the fog will lift and we will see He was working all along. All through the fog, all through the times we thought we could barely take the next step, He was there and He was at work creating the perfect future, for you and for I.
If you're looking for a new song, chances are I have this on repeat for at least 30 minutes per drive each day since it came out.. SO GOOD.
So don't let your heart be troubled
Hold your head up high
Don't fear no evil
Fix your eyes on this one truth
God is madly in love with you
So take courage
Hold on, be strong
Remember where our help comes from