Clearing the Fog
Life is a marvelous gift from God. In His act of creation, He granted what He has enjoyed forever. He imparted to frail creatures of dust “life” to enjoy for a span of time on earth. Then, because of His great love and mercy, He then made it possible for us (sinful men) to have eternal life for all that repented of sin and placed their trust fully in Jesus. Although we often complain about life’s events, none of us are ready to surrender the privilege of living….ever. I have stood by the bedsides of those that were very critically ill and the physician and family members marvel at the will to live that is exhibited from a frail body.
Life is a mystery. We can replicate lots of things in our scientific age, but we still have not been able to create life. The chemicals that comprise the human body we have come to know. WE have also discovered the proteins, minerals, tissues, nerves, the components of blood, and organs. But what is that “something” that causes all of those things to suddenly become animated to live for 70 years or more on this earth?
The Biblical writer, James, asked a very similar question. In the short New Testament book by that name, he would record, “What is your life? It is a vapor that appears for a little while, and then vanishes away.” (James 4:14). The word that He uses for “vapor” would be better understood by our generation with the word “fog”. We know that fog is a mass of water droplets that is sometimes present in the early morning and as the sun warms the atmosphere, it vanishes.
That is similar to our earthly journey. Life appears at birth and we are “in a fog” in our earliest years seeking to understand this thing called “life”. Sadly, the “fog” lingers and intensifies for many people that never were able to cope with some aspect(s) of life’s events. They then live without clarity, focus, confidence, or joy because of the fog within their minds and souls.
According to the Bureau of Standards in Washington, a dense fog covering seven city blocks to a depth of 100 feet is composed of less than one glass of water. That amount of water is divided into about 60 billion tiny droplets. Yet when those minute particles settle over a city or the countryside, they can almost blot out everything from your sight.
Many Christians today live their lives in a fog. They allow a cupful of troubles to cloud their vision and dampen their spirit. Anxiety, turmoil and defeat strangle their thoughts. Their lives are being “choked by the cares of this world” (Luke 8:14). But “God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline” (II Tim. 1:7). Let’s not let the fog get us down! “Let’s live in the Sunshine! (Copied).
All of you clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the proper time, 7 casting all your care on Him, because He cares about you. (1 Peter 5:5-7).