Sunday, February 3, 2008

God is in the Fog


“If you look for me in earnest, you will find me when you seek me.”
Jeremiah 30:13


This week has been a week of discovery of sorts for me. I have had multiple conversations with people and they have all been centered around the same thought or principle…my vision or path is unclear right now.

I know from my own personal experience how hard and frustrating this can be. I have wrestled with God on this very topic so many times. This week alone it has come up with a pastor friend of mine, a truly gifted Christian Coach, my friends, my ministry partners, and even myself. If you were really honest with yourself you have probably even have wrestled with this a time or too.

Where you are walking in God’s Word, where you are seeking His will for your life, and yet there is nothing. It’s just…

Quiet
Uneasy
Anxious
Frustrating

You wrestle with God, earnestly seek Him, and yet it feels so terribly lonely.

I love this verse in Isaiah 42:16 where it says,

“I will lead the blind by ways they have not known,
along unfamiliar paths I will guide them;
I will turn the darkness into light before them
and make the rough places smooth.
These are the things I will do;
I will not forsake them.”


Ah, now doesn’t that make you feel good. God’s word says that He will lead the “blind”…and yet, isn’t that what it feels like when you are in the fog? Like you are blind; you are able to move forward, you are able to seek and live for Him, and yet you just can’t see in front of you.

“Whenever you see darkness, there is extraordinary opportunity for the light to burn brighter.”
-Bono


I just love that…even in the darkness (or the fog) we still have an opportunity to shine God’s light to every one around us. I know I know, I can hear you sighing all the way through the internet and my laptop, but hang with me here. If in our darkness (fog) we carried ourselves different, held our heads up higher, straightened our backs, and still stood tall for God wouldn’t our friends, family, and neighbors see that even in the midst of our stuff we didn’t give up.

2 Corinthians 3:18
“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory,
are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory,
which comes from the Lord,
who is the Spirit.”


Friends, I know that the fog can be overwhelming at times…believe me, I have had foggy days, weeks, and even months, but I know that I know that I know that God had a plan for it. I didn’t like, wouldn’t want to do it again, but know without a shadow of a doubt that my foggy season was for a reason and in the midst of it I had a chance (as do you) to glorify God.
What will you choose?

Proverbs 3:5-6
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will direct your paths.”


Coming out of the Fog,

19 Mel's World Friends Comments:

melissa @ the inspired room 12:27 AM  

It is so true! I have also had many conversations with people lately who feel they are in the fog. You are so right, we can look at the fog as an opportunity to show our faithfulness in spite of not seeing clearly what is ahead.

I felt I was in a fog for a long long time, I thought maybe that was just how life would always be for me. But just over a year ago I woke up one morning and I can say without a doubt God had lifted the fog and my life and my purpose came in to Technicolor clarity. It was such a God moment.

What should've been so obvious to me wasn't clear at all because of the fog God allowed to surround my vision. When God decided I was ready for the mission He was setting before me, he lifted the fog! It was not a moment too soon or too late. God knew exactly what He was doing in my life! What looked like a fog of confusion to me was really God giving me a chance to grow and yearn to be God's servant in every way! God is so good to us, so patient. He is there in the fog, gently prodding us along and watching us for our obedience. If we seek Him, even through those dark, lonely, foggy days, we WILL find Him. God does not fail us.

Thank you so much for the inspiring post!

Blessings,
Melissa

A Stone Gatherer 6:34 AM  

When I think about being blind and being lead, I know I can trust that person because they care for me, but the unknown still makes me shuffle and walk slowly. Thanks for the awesome picture! God is leading me even in the "fog". I know that I know that!!! Have a great sunday!

Denise 7:27 AM  

Amen, God will meet me in the fog, and lead me out of it with the precious light of His love. This was wonderful my friend.

Praise and Coffee 7:55 AM  

Amen girlfriend.
I'm right there with you these days. Lots of uncertainty, but God is faithful.
He is the never changing rock that we build our lives on.
He is unshakeable.

I sure wish He would lay out the whole plan, but He knows that if I knew the whole plan, I would probably mess it up!
One step at a time we serve Him.

You serve Him beautifully sister!
Love ya,
Sue

Penless Thoughts 10:31 AM  

Great post of truth, Mel. When it's easy....it's easy....it's the tough times that builds and shows our character and if our walk with our Lord is what we proclaim in the good times. "In season and out of season"
Susan

Deb 11:04 AM  

So true!! When we started this Biker Ministry( Redemption Riders) I cant tell you how foggy it can get!, but I know through many, many experiences and TRIALS, that is a time for seeking Him and preparation.The more we spend in His word, and alone with Him, He will show us how He is preparing us for the next adventure in our life.It is only a season, and a time to learn and grow. Thanks for the great post and the most amazing picture. You are such a blessing to all:)

Linda 3:49 PM  

Beautifully written and a beautiful reminder. Thanks Mel.
Blessings,
Linda

Mocha with Linda 4:38 PM  

Right on!

Music really speaks to me, and like so many things, this brings to mind a song from my younger years.

"'If we could see, if we could know'
We often say,
But God in love a veil doth throw
Across our way.
We cannot see what lies before
And so we cling to Him the more,
He leads us 'til this life is o'er--
Trust and obey."

Karen 4:49 PM  

Great post Mel. In the Island where I was born fog can descend for days - I got trapped for 3 days once, couldn't get a flight out! I have found for me that I need to 'do' something when this fog sits, take a step of initiative to keep the momentum, even if I'm not sure, now for a girl who hasnt' been one to leap into initiative, it's a new day...so this was a cool post indeed.

Angela @ Refresh My Soul Blog 6:41 PM  

Great post!
Coming out of the fog with ya!
Angela

ChristiS 7:00 PM  

YES, God is still there in the fog. The fog is starting to clear for me, somewhat lately. But even when my path was unclear, God was there, holding my hand, leading me all the way!

Monkey Giggles 11:02 PM  

Hello sweet friend,

Oh yes...I have been in the fog and have tried to find MYSELF out of it but my grief would not let me out. I believe satan wanted me to stay in that place. But God had work for me to do. He loved me enough and was patience with me to lead me carefully through my grief of fog. I am screaming AMEN!!!!

I could have NEVER done it without Him!

Mel thank you for sharing your heart.

Love ya
Hope

Brandy 12:00 AM  

Beautiful post! Thank you for sharing it. I too am trying to get out of the fog. Looking forward to reading more from you.

Brandy

Joanne 12:00 PM  

Mel,

Proverbs 3:5-6...I needed to read that today.

Great post!

Blessings, Joanne

Heather@Mommymonk 2:05 PM  

Last week we were driving home from AWANA, it was pitch dark out on the country roads we traverse and the roads were covered in glare ice. If that's not bad enough, the fog was so thick you couldn't see more than a few feet in front of us. It really made me think about taking this walk one step at a time. Slowly and safely. When I want to rush ahead, the fog engulfs me with confusion and chaos.

justabeachkat 6:43 PM  

Great post Mel!

Hugs!
Kat

sassiekiwi 9:40 AM  

Ouch! Thanks Mel ... :)

It's sparked a new blog post for me ... which will explain the "ouch"!

http://carpentershand.blogspot.com/2008/02/trust.html

Sassiekiwi

Julie Stiles Mills 11:54 AM  

ohhh. I've been dealing with this for a few years. I call it "flux" and I see it as not where I was, not where I'm going to be - but don't know where I'm going to be. Faith is what I have have in the meantime. I've written about this a LOT in my devotions blog.

Thanks so much for this post!

freetofly 3:08 PM  

Mel, this is so good & so appropriate these days! You might like this, too!

http://inchristwearefreetofly.blogspot.com/2008/01/hows-your-vision-are-you-sure.html

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