Where I live in PA we have had a lot of rain recently. And as a friend who works in excavating explained to me, it's fogy because the rain is falling on a ground that's still frozen. I was driving home the other day when I came upon a very thick fog. I mean extremely thick so that I could only see about ten feet in front of me. And as I crawled along at a very slow pace, I had one of those "Wow, I never thought of it like that before!" moments. I noticed a few things about the physical fog you see outside and what causes it. It is very similar to the spiritual fog that we sometimes struggle through.
Fog does something. It makes it difficult to see, but it also brings some other feelings as well.
-Fog makes you feel isolated.
When you're in the midst of a thick fog, it's easy to feel very alone. You can't see anyone else through it. It's very easy to feel alone, thinking only of your present problem which no one else could possibly understand. Right?
-You can't see the familiar landmarks.
All your life you have had those memories of the times God worked miracles in your life, but you don't see these in your fog. All you see is, well: fog. It's easy to forget that God is faithful when you can't see His faithfulness in your past.
-Life slows down.
You were dashing along at 70mph, now you're slowly crawling at about 10. You can't go any faster because you can't see the way, and you have no guide. It's depressing because you just want to get on with your life, but you have to take your time or you will simply crash.
So those are three things that the physical fog does, but how does that affect us spiritually? I have a theory. A spiritual fog can be caused by three things.
- False teachings.
It you don't have a proper understanding of God's word, it is likely that you will be led astray by false teachings. Sort of like the rain falling on the frozen ground, if your heart is still 'frozen' by sin. Then the different theologies and ideas that you don't understand can make the truth difficult to see.
If you have so much going on, so many things to do that your head is spinning. It's hard to think clearly, or see clearly.
Someone hurt you. You don't feel appreciated. You don't feel like it's worth it, you don't feel like you're worth it. When you feel hurt, you tend to see things in a different light.
Whatever the cause of your fog may be, God is the only one who can clear it away. Prayer and reading God's word are how we are able to discern right from wrong. The fog won't last forever. Just remember that even during the fogy times, God is there.