Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Of Fog & Faith

"Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.
The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights..."  (Habakkuk 3:17-19, NIV)  

We've been enjoying a lovely Autumn in Wisconsin this year.  Cool, crisp mornings give way to warm, crystal blue skies dappled with scarlet and golden leaves ready to make their descent.  Because of the temperature swing within each 24 hour period, we've awoken to frost-covered lawns and roofs which give way to a hovering fog once the sun crests the horizon.  The kids marvel as I push through each low-laying cloud while delivering them to school.  We praise God for the beauty of these unique days, knowing that while mysterious and sometimes scary, the fog won't last long.

How bland life would be without the wonder of this natural occurrence.  And yet, isn't it this very type of thing we try to vanquish from our spiritual lives?  When we find ourselves in the mist of unexpected diagnoses or difficulties, we shake our fists at the sky.  We buy into the lie that we should never feel discomfort or inequity in anything, even with our kids' competitive sports.  When trouble appears, as it too often does, we utter, "How could a loving God allow this?"  But we reveal our endurance to be waning and our memories to be short when we entertain such thoughts.

Today's passage imparts truth we can cling to.  Faith tested is, in fact, no faith at all!  It is by having pressed on through the fog that we begin to trust that pleasant hills or impending warmth lays on the other side.  It's knowing that God has seen us through before that we come to realize that He will never leave us or forsake us.  When we witness the eeriness of that lingering gauze in contrast to the crispness of brilliant color, we have the overflowing joy of seeing how big our God really is.  It's times like these where our faith is stretched and grown, and suddenly becomes beneficial to both ourselves and those around us.

Do you find yourself in a troubling place today?  Is it difficult to see ahead and even know what direction you're going in?  Trust your Creator in those times you can clearly see evidence of His presence.  He remains faithful still.

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