The fog had descended. The family was asleep, lulled by the hum of the tires on the highway. An overnight cross-country road trip always sounds like a good idea. Then 3am hits and loneliness and exhaustion settle in. This night there was also fog, the kind of fog that makes it hard to see the passing Exit 147 sign. Still, I was determined to press on toward our destination, reliant almost entirely on the maps app glowing from my phone and the taillights of the truck in front of me.
The stuff of life is like driving through a fog. Moments of clarity come along as some light burns through and allows us to see, but only for a moment.
This was the experience of the disciples on the road to Emmaus. Stuff couldn’t have been more confusing. Fears that they couldn’t have even prepared for had blindsided them. Rumors were swirling with an uncertain hope. A fog had descended, and there was no map to find a way forward. And then a stranger showed up. The narrator clears the fog for us, pulls the curtain back on the scene, to let us know that it was Jesus.
And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
- Luke 24:27
After a meal the pair gets a burst of light to clear up the fog. Their eyes are opened. Jesus was present with them, teaching, talking, laughing, feeding, nourishing. And then He vanished. There is no doubt that the fog descended again. Things had changed, though. A map had been provided in God’s Word, and even explained. And the hope of the resurrection had been realized and now provided the light worth following through to the destination.
Faith is stepping out into the unknown with nothing to guide us but a hand just beyond our grasp.”
- Fredrick Buechner
Our vision gets clouded by life’s difficulties in circumstances, fear, and anxiety; equally through life’s pleasures, pursuits, and opportunities. The stuff of life this side of eternity is like driving through a fog.
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
- 1 Corinthians 13:12
Questions to ponder:
- What is clouding your vision this week?
- When have you experienced moments of clarity in understanding who Jesus is?
- How do those moments of clarity shape your ability to press on through the fog?
– Bill Riedel