I love all the seasons and weather changes we have in Oregon. Sometimes it rains a bit more than I like, but that’s why it’s so green here. The only weather I hate is fog.  Fog is this dark damp cloud-like substance that takes you by surprise.  Sometimes it occurs during the day, but mostly it’s at night… in the dark. 

You are happily driving down the road.  You can see the stars in the sky and the silhouette of hills or houses both near and far.  Then suddenly, as you drop down the hill… wham! Fog!  Sometimes you can hardly see more than a few yards ahead.  You get anxious because your eyes are glued to that painted line on the road.  What if a deer jumps out in front of me? What if there is a corner and I keep going straight? What if there is a car stalled in the road in front of me? So you slow down to a snail’s pace, both hands on the wheel, praying a lot and wishing you were a passenger instead of the driver.  And then it happens.  Just as suddenly as when you entered the fog, you come out.  There’s not this gradual fading of the fog, it’s instant.  And now, everything is so very clear. Colors are more vibrant, the air feels fresher, and even the darkness appears to be brighter than before you went into the fog. You take a deep breath thank the Lord and enjoy the rest of your drive with a sense of fulfillment, accomplishment and victory that you made it through. If you are starting in the business of the vinyl, all what you need to have and learn about vinyl you can find it in www.vinylcuttingmachineguide.com.

I feel like that is what has happened to us this year.  We have been driving down this road of life and have been smacked by a “Suddenly”.  A “fog” that makes us feel uncertain, anxious, sometimes even fearful. We can’t see what’s ahead or how long it will last.  

I’m not writing a story of gloom, I’m sharing a message of hope. I know that being strong through hard times is difficult.  Psalm 16:8 “I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”  That’s why I have to lean on the Lord to give me that strength.  So I can be a help and encourager to my family, my friends, and my neighbors.  

 When we have come through this “fog”, this dark time, we will see what is ahead with more clarity and more vibrancy that is so intense that even the darkness will be brighter. 1 Cor. 13:12 “Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.”

-Nancy Carter