It dawned on me one day all the way up in New Hampshire on a foggy morning as I watched my husband kayak on Swanzey Lake …faith and fog feel an awful lot alike some days. The way seemed clear the day before but on this day — this moment — the path looks strangely dim …unrecognizable. Was this the right way? Are you sure about these directions? Did I miss a turn or something? Did I get distracted and not hear the signal or see the flashing warning lights?
But then I hear these words whispered clearly through the fog …
“We walk by faith …not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7)
“ For now we see through a glass, darkly…” (I Corinthians 13:12)
And God sings the words to this song quietly in the back room of my heart …
O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
( by Helen H. Lemmel)
And I wonder –when our faith is seen as sight, do things here seem a little more dim …not that big of a deal. Maybe it’s not a matter of stepping out into the darkness as much as it is stepping into the Light of His presence and His path … leaving the darkness behind.
And maybe, just maybe — it’s the small steps of faith on a path that seems a bit foggy that lead to that open space where the light breaks through …
“Because of God’s tender mercy,
the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us,
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
and to guide us in the path of peace. ”
Luke 1:78-79 (NLT)
Take heart, my friend …and keep taking those small baby steps. “The morning light from heaven is about to break upon us…” !