Fog veiled what lay ahead; darkness blanketed the past.

Fog veiled what lay ahead; darkness blanketed the past.

Rain pelted against the windshield — my car shrouded in fog and blackness of night. The headlights searched for a path on the winding mountain road. Fog veiled what lay ahead; darkness blanketed the past. The swish, swish of the wipers brushed the tears of heaven to the side.

I couldn’t help but think about the parallel in my life — the whys, the hows, the wheres — draped all about me like a foggy veil with relentless darkness behind me. Blinding tears fell freely and often. How would I ever find my way?

Lord, are You there?

Inching along the mountain road, I found my way by depending on the power of the small beams of light streaming from the front of my car. I couldn’t see very far, but I could see right in front of me. I realized I was leaning on instinct also because I knew this road — where the drop-offs were and the “S” curve.

I trusted in that which I knew.

The Lord reminded me of a Scripture I read that morning, “Lead me, O Lord, in Your righteousness because of my enemies; Make Your way straight before my face” (Psalm 5:8).

Yes, Lord. Lead me because the enemies of my soul have tried to make me lose my way. Things are fogged with confusion and darkened with fear. But Your light, O Lord — Your light guides me.

When I finally made it home, I searched through my Bible to, once again, read Psalm 5:8. A cross-reference took me to Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.”

What a beloved Scripture!

But the Lord took me deeper.

Trust Him when you can;t see through the fog.

Trust Him when you can;t see through the fog.

The Hebrew word for “acknowledge” is yada, meaning “to know through observation, investigation, reflection, or firsthand experience. The highest level of yada means to be in direct, intimate contact.” *

Acknowledge the Lord and He will direct my paths …

Observe His ways. Investigate and study His Word. Reflect on His goodness and, through firsthand experience remember His faithfulness. In all my ways acknowledge Him through direct, intimate contact — and He will direct my paths.

The Lord will make His way straight before me.

And through the foggy veil of my future, and the darkness covering my past, the light of His love will lead me through the storm all the way home.

Sweet friend, is your path veiled by fog also? Do you find yourself confused, afraid — maybe disillusioned by this thing called faith? The Lord desires to make Himself known to you. Call out to Him. Dare to take Him at His Word.

And allow Him to take your hand and lead you by the light of His love through the shroud of fog and the darkness from your past.

He will direct your paths.

  • commentary from Spirit Filled Life Bible, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2002, page 807


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