2 Corinthians 5:7 – For we walk by faith, not by sight. (NASB)
Proverbs 16:9 – The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. (NASB)
As I was driving to work one day, a mist, like a bridal veil that gently sways in a summer breeze, was slowly coming towards me. As I drove ahead, this mist began to thicken in form and density. Trying to see beyond it became impossible: fog.
I have travelled this same road for many years and I know it like the back of my hand, yet when this force of nature obstructs my view, I tend to lose the familiarity of my surroundings. My foot automatically lifts off the gas pedal, and steps on the brake. Crawling along, I can't see beyond the front of the hood of my car.
As I slowly inched my way forward, I saw the thickness in front of me slowly begin to fade into nothing. At last, I had a clear view in front of me, yet, alas, behind me, a wall of solid white.
I thought about how our Christian walk is very similar. When a trial comes our way, we worry and are afraid, for we can't see what lies beyond our present circumstance. Yet, in our blindness, in our anxieties and fears, God is with us. He directs our path. He knows what lies ahead and what is best for us. At last, the way ahead becomes clear again.
Prayer: O Father, when we are afraid and we can't see an end to our present problem, grant us the assurance that You are with us. Help us not to focus on our present circumstances, but help us to look ahead and trust in You always. Amen.