A year and a half ago, I was sitting in church next to my friend, we’ll call him Sam. He had recently gone through a lot, and was in a place where he didn’t what would happen with his life going forward. In a strange series of events, his life and been turned upside down. He scribbled down on a piece of paper, “Stay in the fog. You’ll find God there.”
I find that a lot of what is written today for Christians is about comfort and clarity. Often it seems these are the great gods of our day. After all, why would you need a real God if you felt comfortable where you are, and if you had clarity to know exactly what to do with your life, where to go, who to meet, who to spend time, who to not spend time with, and whether or not you should have a cat or a dog. Well, the final answer is simple. Dog. Always, dog. Back to the fog. (Nice rhyme, I know.)
What exactly is the fog?
The fog is the place where you don’t know what to do next.
The fog is the realization that you don’t know what to do with your life.
The fog is the space where you feel blind going forward.
The fog is the questions and confusion of life.
I think more of us are living in the fog, and we comfort ourselves with whatever we can find.
Comforts of cheeseburgers, Taylor Swift’s new album, the next big project, and our LED touch screens. Comforts of Dwight Schrute’s ridiculous life, Alli and Noah’s magical love, and Ron Swanson’s manly approach to all things life.
When you let go of all the distractions around you, and embrace the fog, you find new realities. In the fog, there is no comfort or clarity. In the fog, you find something better than comfort or clarity. You find God in the fog. And it’s not all at once. It’s not on our timetable. But if you ask Him, God will lead you through the fog. He will teach you how to trust Him there. God will teach you how to trust because you don’t know the way.
The fog is not your enemy. The fog is a place to move more slowly, and discover “in quietness and trust is your strength” (Isaiah 30:15).
If you’re in the fog right now, you don’t have to run from it. In fact, when people run forward in confusion, it usually leads right off a cliff. You don’t have to fix this yourself by turning on your high beams, which is a desperate way of making it happen right now. Your high beams only magnify the fog.
Stay in the fog. Give it time. You just may find God there.
(Photo: Huffington Post)