Often we try to light our way with unreliable sources. Jesus, however, is the only faithful, constant, unwavering light that will keep us from all the cloudy, foggy situations we face every day. What light are you following?
ETERNAL PERSPECTIVES by Sally Bair
The sun shone brightly when I left the house one day. A few miles down the highway, however, I ran into a fog bank. As the ground fog became thicker in places and then thinner, I had to adjust my speed accordingly. At times I dropped to twenty miles an hour.
Cloudy days sometimes cause us to slow down, too, especially in winter when they bring snow or drizzle. Whether cloudy, foggy, or heavy with precipitation, the days take on a gray sameness—the sky, the air, the trees, and the earth itself.
Not only is it harder to delineate shapes and sizes on a gray or foggy day, but if the air is thick enough, such as in a fog, life can become dangerous. Ships have been lost, cars have crashed, people have ended up in dangerous places because of their inability to see through the haze.
The differences between the two kinds of days are dramatic. On a cloudless day, everything is brighter, even our shadows. The lines between sunlight and shadow are sharp enough to cut with a new pocketknife, we might say. Give us a sunny day any time!
During times of prolonged cloudiness and storms outside, even our moods and our outlook on life tend to become colorless. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The Bible tells us that "God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin." (1 John 1:5-7)
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (John 8:12) No matter how gray the weather, we can choose to walk in the light of God’s love. His light will never dim but continue to shine brightly through the worst storms and grayest days we face.
Lord, clear away any fog of doubt, unbelief, or disobedience that might be keeping us from the pure light of Your love. Give us wisdom to recognize what is Your light-giving truth and what is not. In Jesus’ name, amen.