Last night as I was driving home I had a hard time seeing where I was going. It had been one of those damp days when condensation gets everywhere. I turned on the defroster and tapped the windshield washers. To my surprise, not much changed. The difficulty was not with my windshield, the problem was a really thick fog. Combine that with being on a strange, busy main street at night. At times it was hard to see anything at all. Once I even missed my turn. I was glad for my GPS that helped me get back on track and for its giving me a sense of when and where the road turned. I was glad to get home.
Sometimes life is like that. When things get foggy and dark our first instinct is to think we might be the problem. Sometimes that is true. But like my difficulty seeing where I was going was not the result of anything I had done or could change, sometimes the dark and difficult places we find ourselves traveling in are not because we haven’t been keeping our spiritual windshield clean, but are because of things that are outside of us. Sometimes we come to dark places not because we have gone spiritually wrong, but because we have been going right.
In times like that we need to trust that God is not leading us wrong. Like I trusted that my GPS was giving me correct information about the road I was on, its twists and turns, and where I needed to turn to get home, even when I could hardly see it myself, we need to trust that God knows what He is doing, where He is going, and will get us Home.
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal (Isaiah 26:3-4, NIV).