Faith in the Fog

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Faith in the Fog


We have had more than a handful of foggy days here in Duluth. My meteorologist friend tells me it is due to the high humidity and weak wind. I wish I had that sort of well-defined and clear-cut explanation for the times I find my faith a bit foggy.

How does it happen that one day my thoughts of God are clear and comforting and the next they are foggy and cold? How does it happen that one day I can read scripture and have vibrant thoughts and understandings and the next time I feel nothing? How does it happen that some mornings meditation soars to the heavens and other times it is stuck in the swamp? How does it happen that sometimes I feel confidently absorbed in God’s love and other times feel limp and alone? 

I will never get to the point, this side of salvation, of explaining foggy faith as easily as my meteorologist friend explains foggy weather. But, I would like to get to the point where I don’t fear or become weighed-down by a day where my faith appears foggy. 

Scripture assures us that even in the fog we can believe and trust in God for “faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen” (Heb 11:1). 

In other words, have faith in the fog!

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