Light in the Fog | Religion

EEven in our dark times, God is still there. His light always shines. — anonymous

Around noon on New Year’s Day, I decided to take our dog for a walk, and as I opened the door in our neighborhood, I was hit by the fog outside. A fog resembling something like a scene from Sleepy Hollow permeated the air everywhere I could see. It was cold, it was dark, it was confusing, it was depressing, and suddenly I thought how fitting it was given the mood I think we were all in as we finally say goodbye to 2021 with good riddance.

Watching Ryan Seacrest and the company countdown to the new year felt like a flat soda. The atmosphere this New Year was simply not one of excitement or optimism as it was over 20 years ago as we entered the new century with the promise of peace and prosperity. . No, it was more an atmosphere of dread than of euphoria, of survival than of excitement and of weariness than of celebration.

Thanks to the return of COVID-19, polarizing politics stalled, and even the passing of the iconic Betty White, the collective New Year’s jokes on the internet this time around were meant to lower the bar of expectation for what lay ahead, thanks to the collective disappointments of 2021.

The emotional, mental, spiritual, economic and personal hardships that so many of us have endured have been like a long winter of the soul on par with “Game of Thrones.” Every few weeks we hear of another variant of this never-ending pandemic, and we wonder if things will ever return to anything close to normal. Dreams have been shattered, visions have been put on hold and promises broken. Disappointment dominated the day. And yet there is light in the fog, there is clarity in the confusion, there is confidence in the uncertainty, and there is hope and a future where chaos seems to reign. There is a god.

NASA recently launched the most ambitious telescope in history, the James Webb Telescope, and its mission is basically to try to better understand how the universe began and, therefore, what it is all about. The Bible tells us there is a creator we call God who is behind it all, and he not only knows everything, but is intricately involved in it all. Maybe in these foggy times it helps to have a clear picture of what it’s all about.

Who are we? Why are we here? What is the purpose of all this? Are we just here to play the game of LIFE, and whoever has the most toys, the best family, and the biggest 401K wins?

The Bible tells us, “God has put eternity in the heart of man” (Ecclesiastes 3:11). There’s a reason we crave unconditional love. There’s a reason we crave value, satisfaction, and purpose. Christians believe that we were created on purpose for a purpose, and that purpose is ultimately to know our Creator, to have a relationship with him through his son, Jesus Christ, and to live our lives for a name that will outlast the Egyptian pyramids. The story is the story of God working in the world around us and right now God is working in your life and mine, to catch our attention and bring us to the place and point where we find ourselves restless from the travels in the fog searching and searching for answers that will bring us home. Jesus Christ is that light in the fog, and when you choose to follow him, you may not have all the answers as to where he is taking you, but you can trust that the same God who created the Milky Way and engineered the intricate intricacies of the cell is also involved in the intricate intricacies of your life and works for your good, even if all you see and feel is anything but good.

It is often said that the only certain thing in life is uncertainty, but I would disagree. I believe another thing that is certain is that God is good, faithful and ultimately in control. We can trust in Christ, who is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

As civil rights leader Ralph Abernathy once said, “We may not know what the future holds, but we know who holds the future.” And for those of you who know it, we have a huge responsibility in 2022. We must let the light of Christ shine through us in the fog. We let it shine by loving our neighbor as ourselves, living our faith authentically, and trusting the Lord with all our hearts. Will you let his light shine through the fog this year?

Pastor Stephen Mitchell is the Senior Pastor of Trinity Bible Church in Severna Park. He is also the host of a regular podcast, Real Christian Talk with Pastor Steve, available on all podcast platforms.

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