A thick fog has settled in over my little corner of the world early this morning. It brings with it an eeriness and distorts the view of my surroundings.
Have you ever experienced a fog settling in on yourself? It’s not uncommon to hear someone say they have brain fog when they can’t think of something clearly or are trying to figure something out. Searching for the right words or trying to find car keys in the morning can sometimes make us think we are in a brain fog. We often address these experiences lightheartedly and brush them off knowing that a cup of coffee or a little time will usually clear our brains and make the fog go away.
What about a spiritual fog? Have you ever had a time when life seemed confusing and overwhelming and you felt like your spirit was in a fog?
I’ve experienced times like this. Because of physical tiredness, uncertain situations or confusion I’ve gone through times when life seemed to weigh down on my spirit so heavily that it felt like I was in a spiritual fog. These times may cause me to become overly emotional, and to not be able to sort through a situation clearly. Often these fogs bring on uncertainty of my position in Christ and how much he loves me and is walking with me to give me strength.
Just as fog on the ground can distort our surroundings and make it difficult to see where we are going, spiritual fog can also distort our view.
So what can we do in these foggy situations when we can’t see our way through?
- Remind ourselves of our position in Christ. Scripture tells us that we are children of God, we have the spirit of God living in us, and nothing can separate us from the love of God.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
- Put on the armor of God. Go to Ephesians 6:10-18 and put on each piece of armor carefully and prayerfully.
- Seek out a trusted friend who will help you process the challenge and find your way through the fog.
- Praise the Lord! Whether through music or speaking scripture aloud, praise, even (especially) when you feel like you can’t. Psalm 147 says God delights in people who praise and fear Him. Even if you think you are just going through the motions do it! You may be surprised how the act of praise will change your perspective.
The fog that was clouding my backyard view has cleared now and I have a different perspective on the day. If you find yourself in a spiritual fog today, I encourage you to ask the Lord to help you fight your way out of it and see clearly your position in Him. If I can help, please drop me a note.
blessings and peace to you today!