Have you ever arrived at a new location in the midst of a dense, heavy fog? Perhaps you can decipher a few signs, but that’s about it. Noises might seem magnified but you can see little about your surroundings. The uncertainty can be unsettling.
That happened to me years ago on a visit to Wengen, a quaint little village in the Jungfrau region of Switzerland. It’s a charming, bucolic spot, accessible only by cog-wheel railroad. There are no automobiles in the village.
We had taken a late-afternoon train to Wengen, arriving in the midst of extremely heavy fog. As we walked around the village before dinner, we heard hundred of bells ringing. What could be the source? It was far too many bells to be just a church carillon.
The fog restricted our view and shrouded the answer. Eventually, the puzzle was solved. We realized that it was dinnertime, and that a seemingly unending stream of dairy cows was heading in for supper. A beautiful old bell hung around each cow’s neck, and as the cows moseyed to their respective barns, the “bovinity symphony” was created. It was rich, resonant, and exquisitely beautiful.
Emotional and spiritual “fogs” in our lives can be just as real as that foggy afternoon in Wengen was for me. These longer-lasting fogs have many causes: grief, exhaustion, a repeated pattern of sin, a major life change, physiological changes (every 50-something woman is saying “amen”), and a host of other issues and circumstances.
In Wengen, we were walking on the village streets and there was little risk involved, even though we could barely see our hands in front of our faces. But in a time of emotional or spiritual fog, the dangers of a wrong step can be much more severe.
I’ve been in all three types of fog, and here are some of the lessons I have learned:
The thick fog in Wengen continued into the evening. The next morning, I flung open the curtains in the hotel room, expecting to see more “pea soup.” Much to my surprise and delight, this is the breathtaking view that I witnessed for the first time. Amazing.
Life can be like that, too. One day, you might be in a heavy fog. The next day, the fog lifts and you are awed by the beauty, joy and love that is surrounding you.
Don’t lose heart.
Even if you don’t understand the “whys” of what’s happening right now…even if you don’t feel a glimmer of hope, be encouraged by this truth: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
You can trust God with your future, with your todays and your tomorrows. This is a promise you can count on. It’s as rock-solid as the Swiss Alps. And every bit as beautiful.
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