The fog obscures the road ahead of me as I drive to campus this morning. Even this familiar route, one that I travel daily, seems unfamiliar. I only can discern what's immediately ahead: the tail lights from the car directly in front of me, the traffic signal just a moment before I pass underneath.
I'm able to reach my destination this way, but it's not as comfortable as when there's a spacious view of the open road. I tread cautiously. I pay more attention to every turn, every straightaway, every moment.
Sometimes our routes are obscured not only on the road, but also in life. We all have moments when we don't know how to proceed, moments when we can't see the end from the beginning, moments when we can only glimpse an inch ahead. During these moments, we have to trust that our paths will be illuminated, even if that illumination is only enough to see the singular step that we must take next, no more.
I remember the wisdom of Psalm 119:105, stating that God's word is a lamp for our feet, a light on our path.
If you're feeling engulfed by fog right now, remember that we'll never be left in the dark when we ask for direction.