Have you ever felt like you were walking through fog? Have you ever asked the Lord what in the world is going on, why certain things are happening in your life? Have you ever prayed sincerely about something only to be left wondering why the Lord was delaying his answer?
The story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead (found in John chapter 11) begins with a confusing delay by Jesus. He received a message from Lazarus’ sisters Mary and Martha that his friend Lazarus was sick, but then Jesus delayed two more days before going to see him! The disciples were very confused by Jesus’ response. Jesus may have in fact been asking them, “Will you trust me even when I don’t make sense to you, when the timing seems off and you don’t understand what is going on?”
Jesus’ timing is not our timing and his ways are not our ways. Scripture is clear that his ways are higher than our ways. We humans see things from a very limited, finite perspective. It is because we don’t understand things from the Lord’s perspective, that we ask all the why questions; Why is this happening? Why me? Why now?
These are questions most of us don’t get answers to in this life. There are at least three possibilities with fog. One being we may not get any clarity in this life, as was the case with Job. The author of the book of Job shows us the back story, but Job himself did not get to see it.
Secondly, God might give us a glimpse of clarity after a long season of fog, as he did with Joseph when he eventually showed him that he was saving the lives of many people by allowing Joseph to be taken as a slave to Egypt. Finally, 1 Corinthians 13:12 says, “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully . . .”
I have a friend who often says, “God is seldom early, but he is never late.” God runs on Divine Standard Time. It is up to us whether we continue to trust him when we find ourselves walking in the fog.
Reflections: Don’t be afraid to ask God “why” when you are walking in fog, but also ask him for the grace to still trust him if he doesn’t answer our question quickly or if he waits until eternity.
I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!