The tangerine color caught my eye among all the gray. I glanced past my daughter in the passenger seat to glimpse a beautiful sunrise amid the fog. Brilliant hues of peach, pink and orange turned to yellows as we traveled for a few hours the other morning. The majesty of the colors was a grateful reminder of God’s presence.
Valleys of dense fog quickly enveloped us so I could barely see the car ahead of me on the interstate. I knew the way but in a sudden moment of uncertainty, I made a wrong decision and turn. In this moment, my faith was in my GPS. It struck me how this is just like when God asks us to do something and the path ahead is foggy. We must walk in faith. Follow amid the fog. I knew the sun was present above the fog as I know God is with me as I follow.
This reminded me of when God asked me to go across the world on a medical mission trip. I had been grieving losses and sought to reset my attitude. It was then I saw an ad for needed medical personnel to go to Cambodia. I sensed God telling me to go. “Surely not me, God-I don’t even like Asian food!” My feeble reply was no match for the strong sense of what God was asking of me.
I had never done anything like this before. Never traveled alone. Never went on a mission trip. Never listened to God like this. After thoroughly researching, praying and discussing with family, I went. Before, during and even after, I never quite knew why God wanted me to go. But it was a lifetime experience I’ll never forget.
Months later, I was asked to join a newly formed mission/community service group at my church. They knew of my medical mission trip. I was unsure. We were going through some heavy medical issues with family. I wavered but followed because I felt God leading me. One thing led to another and from that I have found a new career path, help facilitate others’ mission trips at church and am writing here today.
All those moments of following over the last ten years happened because of the time God asked me to go and serve across the world. It was so much like driving in the fog yesterday. I knew God was with me even when I couldn’t see Him. I sensed His presence.
God is again telling me something. It doesn’t really make logical sense to everyone else. Many may not understand. But as someone recently reminded me, I know what I know. God asks us to do things and sometimes we think it doesn’t make sense or isn’t logical. But God is God and I am not as Hillary Scott reminds us in her song Thy Will. He knows all and I need to follow Him, even when I can’t see through the fog of this life to where He’s leading me.
One thing I know for sure: He has never left me. His beautiful presence is just like the sunrise that graced us the other morning. Following through the fog of life can be unsettling. We may make wrong decisions. But we need to keep following. When we do, we are graced with even more of His presence. And sometimes even a beautiful sunrise.
*Photo credits go to my daughter 🙂
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