“In a fog”; what an interesting expression. The reference is that of being in a state of mental confusion; unaware of one’s surroundings. It’s that moment when, in the midst of a conversation, the brain goes bye-bye and you hear your companion say “earth to Jeff”. Of course, if you hear this and your name is not “Jeff”, you have to insert your name in place of mine. I used my name as an example and as an admission that I have had considerable experience in the matter.
Anyhow, it certainly is hard to miss the visual connotations of being a bit foggy. If you have ever driven in fog, especially at night, you have the right picture. You are cruisin’ along and come to a low lying area, surrounded by marsh. Suddenly you become aware that the road and countryside have disappeared! Your only visible surrounding is being enveloped in a cloud – one which reflects the beams from your headlights right back at you. If you could see a signpost up ahead, you are sure that it would read “Twilight Zone”.
At this point, the first instinctual response is to flip on the high beams. Immediately, this becomes apparent as being a bad choice. The reflection back is intensified and you become further blinded and disoriented. Switching back to low beams, you realize that your only real option is to slow down and focus on whatever little of the road is visible straight ahead. Around this same time, believers find themselves raising a quick prayer; perhaps humming or whistling a favorite hymn (my favorites in this type of situation seem to be “He Leadeth Me”, “His Eye Is On The Sparrow” and “Be Thou my Vision”).
Sometimes my spiritual life runs into a fog, as well. This seems to be true of every facet of it. Perhaps you can identify with some of these foggy moments. Prayer. There are times when I will be earnestly praying and suddenly find my thoughts totally off course. The subject of my prayers has disappeared along with the Object of my praise. I find myself struggling to regain sight of my God, only to find the distractions enveloping me even more. I have to slow down and focus. Usually the only thing that gets me back on track and out of the fog, is to pray. Sounds silly; praying to be able to pray! But, it works; removing fear, doubt and disorientation.
Reading the Scriptures is another area of your spiritual journey, where you can run into fog banks. Some portions of Scripture seem to resemble fog in themselves. The harder you try to penetrate the meaning, the more isolated and lost you feel. “Where are you LORD? I’m trying but I can’t find You!” The Answer? Slow down. Pray for Light; for vision. Amazingly, things begin to clear up and the journey becomes more enjoyable; certainly less tense. You will stop going in circles and begin to make progress – away from and out of the fog.