How many of us have been driving in the morning and encountered a thick fog covering our roadways? Some of us have even been in fog so thick that you can barely see beyond the edges of the highway — and that gets pretty scary when you aren’t the only vehicle on the road.
Today, our pastor shared an experience he had when he went on a spiritual retreat recently: During his drive he encountered a very thick fog, so thick that he could barely see the outlines of the wind turbines that were erected alongside the way (these structures can be 300 feet tall, the height of a 30 story building). And it occurred to him that this thick fog could be easily likened to sin:
The fog blocked out the sun, making the drive dangerous because it was nearly impossible to see the dangers along the roadside.
The “fog” of sin is likewise dangerous because it, too, obscures the Son’s Light, making is nearly impossible to see the dangers along life’s roadside.
As the sunlight of the day shines, it burns off the fog, allowing the traveler to see his path more clearly.
As the Son’s light shines, the “fog” of sin is likewise burned off, so that one can see the path more clearly.
And, just as one can find his way back out of the fog and into the sunlight, so too a person can find his way out of the curse of sin and into the Son’s light. It’s just a matter of taking caution and not recklessly running into the hidden dangers of sin. Sometimes, this means patiently waiting for the Son to shine the Light that burns off the fog so that you can see clearly. Sometimes this means cautiously continuing forward towards the Light until it is revealed. Either way, if you seek the Light, His Grace will burn off the fog so that you can see your path more clearly.
We had a recent example of this “burning off” that came up in the news over this past weekend:
Chuck Colson was once lost in the thick fog of sin. I was only a preschooler at the time that he was involved in the Watergate scandal, so I wasn’t privy to this dark part of his life. I hadn’t even heard of the man until I gave my life to Christ in 2004, by which point Colson had become an effective, and sincere, evangelizer. I have always enjoyed listening to his message on my local Christian radio station, so imagine the bombshell on me when I discovered that he was a high profile criminal in the Watergate scandal! His actions earned him a federal prison sentence, and I couldn’t believe it. I was stunned. So I read more about his conversion: Just before his prison sentencing a friend had given him a book, titled “Mere Christianity“, written by the renowned C.S. Lewis. This book was the SonLight which began burning off his fog, and Colson proved his acceptance of Christ by admitting to his wrongdoing, against his lawyer’s advice. He proved his acceptance of Christ by willingly taking the prison sentence which was put upon him. And after he finished his debt to society, he strove to build up ministries as the Lord led him. On April 21, 2012, Chuck Colson died at the age of 80 years old, after about 40 years of ministry.
I couldn’t help but see a co-relation between Colson and the Apostle Paul. Both men were prominent public figures who were deeply lost in the fog of sin. Both men were notorious for their deeds. And both men met Christ, accepted Him, and lived the remainder of their lives in His service.
The lesson to take from this?
Don’t give up on those who are still in their fogs. Keep praying for them. Don’t lose sight of the possibility that one single action could end up burning off their fogs with the Light of Jesus.