out of the fog

Your own ears will hear him.
    Right behind you a voice will say,
“This is the way you should go,”
    whether to the right or to the left. Isaiah 30:21, NLT

In my daily travels recently for my current position, I have been blessed by the beautiful scenery offered by the mountainous terrain of the Blue Ridge. However, anyone who has ever made this trek over “the mountain,” as those of us from these parts call it, know-rainy days mean a foggy highway trek. If you are looking to see any mountainous terrain. Forget about it. You will likely see nothing. 

It was the first of one of these foggy mornings for me this year. And it seemed fitting for the reason I was heading this way. Grief counseling in a school dealing with a sudden crisis. I was expecting the top of “the mountain” to have less visibility. I was not expecting it to have zero. 

If you have ever been here, picture it with me. Hands gripping the steering wheel. Nothing but guardrails on your right and the fear of running up on a semi on your left. Or worse…a 50 car pile up. Because at this point, you can’t see two inches in front of you.

Everything is blurry. Murky. Cloudy. Vague. You knew where you were headed. But now you are not so sure. You are just hoping it’s not off the side of the mountain. If you don’t get some clarity soon, you are going to head in the wrong direction.

The same can be said about our spiritual path. The purpose God has for us. We have heard from God. We know exactly what He has told us to do, but somewhere along the way we end up in the fog, and we begin to see things with less clarity. Things seem vague. We don’t have clear vision, and we start to question and doubt what we know we heard.

So, what happened?

You got focused on the fog. You got lost in it, and it most likely had to do with mixed messages.

Perhaps a story will help.

Saul has just been chosen to become the first king of Israel, and he is doing a fine job. He has defeated the Ammonites (1 Samuel 11), and he gives all glory for this defeat to God. But then something happens. He stops seeking God for wisdom. Enter Samuel. Samuel also claims he was told by God to bring a message to Saul: “It was the Lord who told me to anoint you as king of his people, Israel. Now listen to this message from the Lord! This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has declared: I have decided to settle accounts with the nation of Amalek for opposing Israel when they came from Egypt. Now go and completely destroy the entire Amalekite nation-men, women, children, babies, cattle, sheep, goats, camels, and donkeys.” (1 Samuel 15:2-3).

Saul? He didn’t do this. What did he do? He “spared Agag’s life and kept the best of the sheep and goats, the cattle, the fat calves, and the lambs-everything.” (1 Samuel 15:9). He did this because he thought he was “called” by God to…simply because he was king.

Quite a “foggy” situation, don’t ya think?

Yet, this is where we find ourselves at times. We heard what God told us. We know the vision He placed on our hearts, but we end up in the weeds, because there is noise, constant messages, and chatter all around us, and the message becomes blurry. We begin to wonder if we ever heard Him at all.

We lose focus because we consult all our human devices, we consult people, we may even talk our “vision” to death and get too many opinions, and we lose the clarity that God intended when He originally called us to something.

So, how do we get out of the fog?

Well, on the top of that mountain on that dreary October day, I gripped the steering wheel, and called on Jesus. Because I was simply terrified. A simple prayer as I white knuckled it, and stared straight ahead. “Lord, please. Please get me through this fog. Please. Please help me off this mountain. Lord, please. Please get me off here safely. Please help me see again.” Until, the fog lifted, and I could see miles ahead.

Is this what you need? A simple prayer to drown out all the noise? “Lord, please help me see again?” But perhaps, it doesn’t stop there. Getting alone with Him is necessary too in order to seek the path He intends for you to be on. Not the one your friend is on. Not the one you keep hearing about in Bible Study. God wants us to seek Him, and not everyone else. When was the last time you did this? When was the last time you searched what His Word said about what He had to say about it, and not what the internet, or your buddy had to say about it?

Are you turning to the right and to the left for all the answers, and still in a fog? Still with no clear answers? It’s time to shut off that noise, and turn to Him. Turn to His Word, simply be still, and listen until you hear Him simply say-“This is the way.” Then, my dear…you’ll finally be out of the fog.

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