In the midst of this global pandemic called COVID-19, we are learning about living day by day and moment by moment; it’s a bit like driving a car through the fog. That fog may wear a slightly different face for each of us…but fog is fog.
Since exercise is well known for raising endorphins and reducing stress, I headed out for a walk today. The lake is a mere few blocks from our home and even when it is covered with ice, it still beckons me. I encountered other walkers, a runner or two and a few cars but, otherwise, it was pretty quiet.
In some ways, it was a typical March day in the U.P. It seems every year March teases us with the promise of the coming Spring even as “she” drags her feet through continued deliveries of “wintry mix”. Today, my senses were on alert and I was more aware than usual of what I was seeing smelling and hearing.
A gentle fog covered the landscape, almost like a soft baby blanket a mother sweetly places over her sleeping baby. The naked tree branches reached high, maybe in expectation of being clothed soon in the lush greenery they knew was coming?
The once huge snowbanks were shrinking, much to my delight. The brown grass and mud that was hidden beneath the snow was being unveiled,not so pretty now, but soon to morph into green grass. And the sidewalks were becoming wet (as opposed to icy) and navigable once again. Be still my heart!
A gaggle of geese flew overhead in their classic V formation, honking away while four of their kind were on the ground, honking back as if to say, “wait for us”! Aside from the noises of Gods creatures, the silence was almost like a hush.
As I made my way though the fog and the stillness and the grayness, it occurred to me that I could choose how to embrace the moment: was it depressing, heavy or dull? Or, was it soft and quiet and comforting? Could it be in that moment I was living out Psalm 23 where God says, “he leads me beside quiet waters”? It’s like He was describing my walk next to the lake, through the fog. From the heart of God in Psalm 46: 10, “Be still and know that I am God.” Be still….
But let me share with You what happened at the end of my walk. THE SUN CAME OUT! Well, it didn’t literally “come out” because it was there all the time. The fog cleared up and suddenly the world around me changed. It was still lovely, but in a different kind of way.
And that’s the point! The sun doesn’t go away; it’s always up there. On the ground looking up, clouds block the sun but from an airplane we see a whole different perspective.
Because of my belief in the sovereignty of God, no matter how “foggy” life gets, the SON is always with me. The Bible says in Romans 10:9, “That if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your hearts God raised HIm from the dead, you will be saved.” When Jesus indwells HIs children (as He does upon salvation), there is no fog that can make HIm disappear.
Yes, we are dealing with a global and serious issue with many unknowns. But here is the good, great and wonderful news! None of this is a surprise to God! He doesn’t put His finger to His chin, shake His head and say, “wow, I didn’t see that coming.”
So, as we walk through the fog, what are we going to choose? Are we going to wring our hands and live in fear? Or do we look up, knowing the fog is blocking but not obliterating, the sun/Son?
God promised Joshua, as he was getting ready to lead several million people into the land God had promised them, “I will never leave you nor forsake you”. (Joshua 1:5). Will we claim that promise and live, not in fear, but in the confidence of His promise?
The second part of Joshua 24:15 says, “But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Trusting in God’s eternal purposes are wrapped up in that statement. Will you, with me, look for HIM through the fog?