So, I don't know where you live but there was a serious fog outside my window the morning. It was so thick that they gave the kids a 2-hour delay. As I write this, it is lifting - but this morning I sat down in my writing chair and couldn't help but reflect.
What is it about dense fogs? What are they there to teach us?
There's this little island called Nantucket in the Northeast about 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod. Very cute, quaint, and preppy. My family vacations there and my Dad of course loved it as well. In fact, it's the last place I got to be with him just a week before he passed away.
The thing about Nantucket is that it's famous for it's fog. Little planes fly into the airport everyday. Many times they are grounded because the "Nantucket Fog" is just that dense. So you wait it out, sometimes until the next day. But the thing is, you don't really mind it - because there is just something about it. Sometimes when you are there it hangs around all morning and lifts just in time for you to go to the beach. Other times, it sticks around all day. Sometimes, day after day. But like I said, there is something about it. It gives you this warm and fuzzy feeling inside cause you get permission on vacation to sit around the house and do nothing but drink coffee, read books and cuddle up in a blanket.
There is just something special about fogs.
In them, we are given two choices. We can either go through the fog and just trust it will clear, or, we wait it out until it's clear. Either way, you know the fog will eventually lift and the sun will eventually shine. But you don't get to know when that moment will be so you have to decide how you are going to approach it. It's like any decision in life. We don't always know what's ahead. Sometimes it doesn't seem clear - so we either have to wait a little longer to get a better picture, or we take a step out and risk it, trusting that if God's leading us, he's going to take us right through it. It's like Proverbs 16:9 says, "The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps."
But there is something else about the fog. It's this feeling you get that, every little thing is gonna' be alright. It's this expectant hope you have for when the sun eventually shines. It's this peace in the time while you rest. It's a peace much like the peace we find in our relationship with God.
You know when I went to look up where "fog" is in the Bible, I found it in 1 Corinthians 13:12 where it says, "We don't yet see things clearly. We're squinting through a fog peering through mist. But it won't be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright. We'll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly as he knows us."
Let me give you the context.
This verse is within the chapter written about love. The Message Version of the Bible calls it, the "Way of Love," in which we are taught to love no matter what. There is one verse that says, "If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don't love, I've gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, no matter what I do, I'm bankrupt without love."
That's because love isn't supposed to be out of duty, but out of the love God has for us.
The next words say, "Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than self. Love doesn't want what it doesn't have. Love doesn't strut, doesn't have a swelled head, doesn't force itself on others, isn't always 'me first,' doesn't fly off the handle, doesn't keep score of the sins of others, doesn't revel when others grovel, takes pleasure in the flowering truth, puts up with ANYTHING, trusts God ALWAYS, always looks for the best, never looks back, but keeps going to the end. Love NEVER dies."
It's up to us to love while we are here on this earth, love like He first loved us. It doesn't matter if it's Lent. It's anytime. We have to love until the fog lifts and he comes back for us. This earth is a tough place to live. In some places the sun doesn't shine, but it WILL - and the best thing we can do while we wait - is learn to Love as God loves us - without pretense, condition or expectation - JUST LOVE.
I encourage you this week to read 1 Corinthians 13. Watch the video "Proof of your Love" by For King and Country I'll have posted and think about how you love. Think about where you can love more for the long haul like God loves us, and less for the temporary fix. Not only that, realize if you have to - the love God has for you. Listen to a song called, "One Thing Remains," by Brian Johnson and Bethel Music.
Whatever you do - let God guide how you love - and let it shine through you - until the fog lifts.