“Then I will lead the blind along a way they never knew. I will guide them along paths they have not known. I will make the darkness become light for them. And I will make the rough ground smooth. These are the things I will do. I will not leave my people.” Isaiah 42:16 (ICB)
We’ve had some miserable spring weather in our part of the country the last several days. Temperatures 25 to 30 degrees below average for this time of year, cold north winds, drizzle, rain, even a little bit of snow! This morning I woke up to a dense fog advisory. And they weren’t kidding! The only thing I saw outside my window were the streetlights glowing dimly.
As the sun began to lighten the sky, I was able to make out more and more of the landscape. By mid-morning, most of the fog had burned off and a brilliant sun was lighting up the sky. Even though I couldn’t see it for all of the fog, it was always there, just waiting to burst through. Now I could clearly see… it was going to be a beautiful spring day!
Sometimes we feel like we are living our life in a fog — especially now. So many things are still uncertain. We are still in quarantine in our part of the state so nothing is even remotely close to “normal” anymore. Restaurants are closed, stores are closed, playgrounds are roped off. Most summer activities are in question and many have already been canceled.
Maybe in addition to the fog of uncertainty that surrounds our country right now, your family is in the middle of its own fog. The fog of a parent who has walked away from their family, leaving behind the things they knew for a path they have not traveled before. Trying to navigate this new path without the light of the One who used to light their way. Living in a fog of confusion, disorder, uncertainty. A dense fog.
Your word is like a lamp for my feet and a light for my way. Psalm 119:105 (ICB)
Just as it was difficult for me this morning to make out any of the landmarks that normally surrounded me, it is difficult for your dad or your mom to find any familiar landmarks to guide them out of the fog. Gone are the things that used to surround them and keep them safe — their faith, their family, their church, maybe even their friends. Think how frightening this must be for them. To try and find their way in the dense fog without the things that used to guide them.
One of the most important things we can do to help them find their way out of the fog is to pray. Each prayer that is offered up on their behalf serves as a sort of light to direct them back on the right path. The more prayers we offer up, the more lights appear to guide them. God takes each one of our prayers, magnifies them, and sends them back to the ones we pray for. Even though they are still in a fog, these prayer lights can help them find their way out.
This morning I knew the sun wasn’t really gone; I just couldn’t see it clearly because of the fog. Once the fog disappeared, there it was, shining like it always has. This is a promise for your dad or mom who might be in a fog right now. The “Son” is always there. And once they find their way out of the fog, He will be there for them to lead them home.
“If you do these things, your light will shine like the dawn. Then your wounds will quickly heal. Your God will walk before you, and the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind. Then you will call to the Lord, and the Lord will answer you. You will cry out to the Lord, and he will say, ‘Here I am.'” Isaiah 58:8-9a (ICB)
A Stander in Nebraska