Are you tired of hearing about the beach? ‘Sorry, but this is a story I just have to tell. Our little condo is precisely two miles from McDonald’s. Steve and I often walk there for breakfast. (Oatmeal and egg whites, if you must know, although sometimes we share a chocolate-dipped cone.)
Last week the fog was thick as we began our journey. We could barely see the buildings around us as we left. We even had to time our arrival at the restaurant to keep from walking right past it. The whole experience was a little eerie. On the way back, though, the fog had become so thick and our visibility so obscured that we could see almost nothing. Everything seemed odd and unfamiliar. Even the seagulls were acting weird. Seeing so little, I began to think yet again about what it means to walk by faith.
I knew the sun was there. I knew our home was ahead. I knew that, while I couldn’t find them yet, I’d be able to see any obstacles to my path early enough to deal with them. While it was safe to assume that somewhere along the shore other people were walking through this fog, a feeling of isolation settled around us. It seemed especially important then to have Steve by my side.
I suppose the parallels are somewhat obvious, but here they are anyway.
- The Son is always there, even when we cannot sense his presence and are tempted to consider ourselves abandoned.
- Our heavenly home is up ahead. We can’t see it yet, but we’ve been promised a place and can count on an everlasting life with our Lord.
- While we know there are pitfalls and potholes waiting in our future, we don’t benefit from spending hours in worried anticipation. We’ll see them when the time comes, and God will take us either around them or through them as he sees fit.
- We are not alone, and we are created for community. As Christians, we’ve been told to “consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:24-25). It’s our responsibility to come alongside one another, keeping an eye out for those who may feel isolated by the fog of life.
Something, isn’t it, how God can speak to us through something as simple as a foggy day? What a mighty God we serve!