For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. They all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. 1 Corinthians 10:1-4
My wife grew up on the coast of central California. Contrary to what many of us on the opposite coast think of the golden state, it was not uncommon for her to wake up to cold, dreary fog. I'm not talking about a mist; I'm speaking of the kind of fog where you can only see a few inches in front of your face. For this reason, when we go to visit family, I often find myself white-knuckle driving around town in the morning.
Whether it's driving in traffic or navigating the circumstances of life, it can be disorienting not know what's in front of you. We all encounter situations that make us question our faith. Why is this happening to me? What's the purpose? Where are you, God?
We stumble trying to find sure footing while everything around us is a haze. This is nothing new.
Throughout the Bible, we read countless stories of people responding to uncertainty, trials, and difficulty. The Israelites ran smack dab into the Red Sea when they escaped slavery. While wandering in the desert they worried about provision and food. The list goes on and on.
There are few things as beautiful as the California morning sun rising and burning off the fog. The film lifted away and was replaced by a captivating scene of sand, beach, and waves. And similarly, God didn't leave the Israelites in their predicament. He provided for their physical needs in the moment as well as provided for their spiritual need down the road through the life of Christ.
Everything we read in the Bible points us to the cross. Everything we experience we can funnel through the lens of Christ's love. EVERYTHING.
Our willingness to depend on Him alters our ability to respond to the things that come our way. God utilizes it all, both the good, bad and ugly, to draw us closer to Him. God shapes and molds us through our circumstances.
He desires for us to trust Him while in the middle of the fog and praise His faithfulness when it lifts away...no matter how long it takes.
Where do you currently find yourself in a fog? Why are these circumstances causing you to worry or leaving you confused?
How could Christ be using your situation to give you a glimpse of His love and faithfulness?
God, in the midst of the confusion, I will still praise Your name. While I might not understand why I'm experiencing the things around me, I can trust that Your hand is over it. I know You want my good. I know You will never leave or forsake me. I will rest in Your love today. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.