Pastor’s Ponderings: Finding Clarity during Foggy Moments (8/9/22)

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Pastor Jim submitted the following devotional thoughts on 8/9/22…



PLEASE READ: Joshua 1:9 

“I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go”


A couple of weeks ago I was driving home at night from a meeting in the Cape May Courthouse area. At certain stretches while driving home on Rt. 47 and Rt. 347, I hit pockets of foggy travel.  Anyone who has driven through fog, especially when it just suddenly appears, knows how “exciting” the driving experience can become. I slowed down wanting to be careful as at times it was becoming difficult to see properly especially when coming upon twists and turns in the road.

After I drove north of the Millville area the fog seemed to be gone. As I continued driving now on Rt. 55, I began to think about driving through that fog. I realized that through different areas of fog how the fog can create feelings of isolation, vulnerability, and even fear. 

Very often we do not know what to expect as we travel through the fog. The sensation can be one which makes us uneasy and very nervous as noted.  Still, perhaps there is a spiritual lesson for us here.

Often our lives change suddenly and without warning. One minute our lives are “bright” and “clear,” and then almost instantaneously, the outward circumstances have become difficult to maneuver through, we feel challenged, at danger, uncertain, perhaps confused, like we are in a fog. If we’re not careful these “foggy” moments of life can leave us disoriented, not sure of our direction, uncertain about our decisions, and derail our attempts to move forward into the future.
The Bible reminds us that God is in the midst of those “foggy” moments of life.  We can draw great comfort in verses such as the ones presented below (click/tap on each tab to open the promise.  Click the link to see the verse in context with its chapter):

“Fear not for I am with you; do not look anxiously about you for I am your God: I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you; yes, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”   Isaiah 41:10

  (Jesus said) “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20c   

“…for He has said, I will never leave you, or forsake you.”  Hebrews 13:5c 

“For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.”  NKJV     Isaiah 41:13 

“The LORD is indeed going before you—he will be with you; he will not fail you or abandon you. Do not be afraid or discouraged!” NET     Deuteronomy 31:8 

Friends, the Good News for people of God is this, as we navigate through the periods of “fog” in our life, whether they are brief patches or long thick stretches of “fog,” we need not fear because God can see our destination. God’s “Light” can see through the fog and lead us safely on the journey.  And equally as important, God is with us during those “foggy” times.

Pastor Jim 



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