Today I was driving the familiar route between my hometown and school, in awe at the beauty that is scattered along the Blue Ridge. The mountains were towering over me, making everything on the road seem tiny and insignificant in comparison. Suddenly, a thick, overwhelming fog swept over the road and made everything in my path so hard to see. It was as if everything in my trajectory suddenly disappeared. In an instant, the familiar land marks were erased, and all I had to follow were the lines on the asphalt and the barely visible tail light of the car in front of me.
The fog was so encompassing, that I truly considered pulling over the car and waiting for my route to clear. Upon anticipating this decision, I realized that the fog was such a metaphor for following God’s will sometimes. It can be so difficult to understand where God is leading you, sometimes it’s easier to pull over and take a time out from following Him until your life’s direction becomes more clear. Trusting that somehow, God will guide you in the right direction, despite your inability to see His will or comforts that make your journey easier.
But alas, we must press on. We must choose to participate in this scary give-and-take called trust. We must accept our lack of vision, and direction at times. We must instead allow God to lead us in His will, and trust that He loves us enough to help us find our way.
So, driving along the highway, I began to ponder this truth and chose to keep driving. It was very scary at times, and I found myself getting unsure. However, just when I started doubting my ability to cruise through the fog, the road ahead of me was illuminated with light. The fog slowly dwindled, and the road ahead was completely clear once again. And what a beautiful example of God’s grace that was. Just when we are sure we have lost steam, and cannot undergo any more hardship, He holds us in the palm of His hand and allows us to gain clarity. He opens the skies, and allows us to see His provisions clearly carrying us through trials.
So we press on. Trusting. Yearning. Listening. Waiting.
“I am He. I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” Isaiah 46:4
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23