A couple weeks ago I was riding my bike extremely early in the morning. This particular day, though, was very special due to the fact that I could hardly see more than 30 feet in front of me because of the over abundance of dense, all-consuming fog. It was unreal.
There are few things I love as much as hitting the streets while the city sleeps. It’s just so peaceful and freeing. But when all you can do is focus on what’s right in front of you because anything beyond that is obstructed by fog, there’s an added level of exhilaration and necessary concentration. Every second was exciting and the fog forces you to stay focused.
This bike ride triggered a deeper moment of reflection for me. I started to parallel the foggy morning on my bike to the foggy days in my life — in all of our lives. Sometimes we can hardly see 30 feet down our life roads and it is generally a frustrating experience. It’s nice to see what’s coming and where we are going, but why can’t we enjoy the excitement of the unknown?
Lately my thoughts have been consumed by an opportunity I have to further fulfill some personal dreams this coming summer. At first I could see everything so clearly and things were building well, but with every passing day the plan seems to get a little blurrier and confusing; it’s as real, but more invisible than ever. What was once clear is now shrouded in fog.
It started to frustrate me a little, so I asked Jesus what was up. Many days went by before I got a response, but was it ever simple and clear. I was struck and stunned by the clarity of His voice as He told me “You can’t see down the road and your vision/desires are so blurry because that’s not what I need you focused on right now. First things first.” It was everything I needed to hear and His tangibility was awe inspiring.
This reminded me that not knowing what’s coming next in life isn’t always the negative thing we often consider it to be. Sometimes we are given foggy days because there are more urgent and pressing matters sitting just in front of us. Sometimes we are given foggy days as a reminder to trust God in the moment and to live faithfully off of our daily bread (Matthew 6). Sometimes foggy days are really blessings in disguise.
God cares more about what’s down the road for us than we could could care for ourselves and He has a plan (Psalm 139). Sometimes He uses the fog to force us to stay focused so that plan can fully come to fruition.
Don’t be afraid of the fog, sometimes it is in our best interests.