“For it is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”

– 2 Corinthians 4:6 (NRSV)

The other morning, I was driving to Lake Junaluska in the mountains of western North Carolina to attend a committee meeting of our United Methodist Southeast Jurisdiction. As I was driving west, from the Piedmont up into the mountains, I rounded a corner in the road and looked at a thick blanket of fog that was covering the mountains a few miles up ahead of me. I do not like to drive in the fog, but there I was, heading right into those unfamiliar roads curving up and down those fog-covered mountains. Then, an amazing thing happened. Just as I was approach the foot of the mountain, about to make my ascent into the fog, the fog began to lift. The sun must have broken through just at that time as I watched the clouds lift up into the air and evaporate away, right before my eyes. I had heard people talking about the fog lifting, but I had never seen it happen so close before. The sense of relief I felt was palpable. “Thank you, Lord,” I prayed, as I proceeded on my journey.

That experience has stayed with me for several days now, and I am wondering why. It was a wonder to behold, and it has made me wonder what else there may be that I am missing. Then, another kind of fog lifted, the fog that clouds my mental and spiritual faculties. It dawned on me that this lifting of the fog from the mountains is very much like something that happens also in our hearts and minds and souls. The fog that prevents us from perceiving the love of God in the world and in our lives also lifts. The eyes of our hearts are opened. Our spirits are awakened. Our minds are convinced. The light of Christ shines through, as Paul so beautifully describes in the passage above from 2 Corinthians. When that happens, when the spiritual fog lifts, it makes all the difference in our perception, and in our ability to proceed on the journey.

Many of us have experienced that spiritual fog-lifting, and what a witness it can be for those who are trying to navigate the fog of a life that seems nothing but a fog. What a witness it can be for us to testify that we know all about the fog, but we also know that there is a light that shines through the fog and lifts it away. We ourselves cannot make the fog lift, but we can testify that the fog is not all there is to life. There is an awesome and wondrous Beauty that is more real than the fog, a Reality whose glory shines into human hearts through the face of Jesus Christ. This word of hope and faith and love can make all the difference for sojourners on the journey.

I wonder how the fog has lifted for you, and how you might want to share that Good News with others who are still trying to make it through the fog.

 

Grace and Peace,

Jeff