It was extremely foggy driving into work this morning. I had to drive much slower since visibility was almost zero. I felt myself slowing down in the uncertain areas and speeding up in the more familiar ones. Headlights and traffic lights couldn’t be seen until you were almost on top of them. As I pulled into the steel plant where I work, the sun began to peek through. I knew the fog would dissipate quickly now. Heading towards my office, on the road that runs parallel to the Detroit River, the fog began to clear and I could see the diehard walleye fishermen in their boats along the shoreline, Canada directly across the river, the Renaissance Center in the distance and the road in front of me lined with piles of scrap metal and steel rolls. Pulling into my parking spot, it suddenly dawned on me how my drive in was a great analogy of how (at least in my life) God calls me to trust Him, especially through the tough times.
Let’s face it – most of the time we aren’t given a blueprint on how the circumstances in our lives will play out. Where He is calling us to go – What He is calling us to do. I’m lucky if I even know in which direction I should take that first step. To be honest, I feel pretty clueless much of the time. But through years of following Him, closely and not so closely, one thing I’ve realized is, even if you aren’t sure of the direction, God just asks for movement. One step in the fog. He will clear the way a bit for the next step. And then the next step. Slower through the uncertain areas, a bit faster through the familiar ones. Drawing closer to Him, it gets brighter. The fog lifts and the Son shines. In that Light, you may still find some ugly scrap piles but then again, you may just find that amazing view of the Detroit skyline that you love so much.
There aren’t too many times in Scripture where we can find God asking someone to do something and then giving that person all of the details, all the steps needed. The people of Israel trusted God to lead them day by day. Numbers 9:17-20 tells of the Cloud of God leading them. “Whenever the cloud lifted from over the sacred tent, the people of Israel would break camp and follow it. Whenever the cloud settled, the people of Israel would set up camp. In this way, they traveled and camped at the Lord’s command wherever He told them to go. Then they remained in their camp as long as the cloud stayed over the Tabernacle. If the cloud remained over the Tabernacle for a long time, the Israelites stayed and performed their duty to the Lord. Sometimes the cloud would stay over the Tabernacle for only a few days, so the people would stay for only a few days, as the Lord commanded. Then at the Lord’s command they would break camp and move on.” The Israelites had no clue where God was leading; they had to trust His guidance. By only showing us a step at a time, we learn to trust God and not ourselves.
“The steps of a man are established by the Lord.” ~ Psalm 37:23a When we truly, fully believe this, we will trust Him better.