I spent most of Friday night in pain as a result of poking, prodding and twisting that came from the good doctor who was doing an independent evaluation for a work-related injury to see if a third surgery would be of any benefit. I tried to lay down and sleep, but despite the pain meds I’m taking, sleep was short lived and restless at best. I eventually gave up on it.
My family was asleep, so alone with my thoughts and pain, I went outside with the dogs to get some air. Being out here in the country, we are blessed with amazing views of the stars and moon during the late night hours. Stargazing is one of those things I enjoy and have since I was a teen, and as I’ve gotten older, it’s become my chance to talk to God and really marvel at his handiwork. We are currently in the “full moon phase” and being wintertime, it looks so close at times, it’s almost as if you could reach out and touch it. I was sitting there, watching as these clouds kept obscuring the “man in the moon face,” and it hit me that our lives (at times) are just like that. We get so busy or distracted by any number of things that we find ourselves having what I call a “Fogbank” between us and God. It’s not that he’s not there. It’s all the business from our “to do lists,” the things in life that come along as well as the “storms” we find ourselves in the midst of. Of course, the devil will always try his hand messing with things in the midst of everything else, but his “bag of tricks” is old and tired, and as my very wise wife pointed out as we were talking, is quite small once you see him for what he is and really understand the truth of what Scripture teaches us. We as believers and Gods children have authority. (Luke 10:19 – Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.)
Sadly, the “Fogbank” slips in at times and we find ourselves in a separated state that has snuck up on us in ways that we weren’t aware of. That is where Faith comes in because just like the cycle of the moon and the air currents that push the clouds away, the moon is always there, just like God. Just because we can’t see Him doesn’t mean He isn’t watching over us. (Deuteronomy 31:6 – Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.)
As I was sitting and letting all that just kind of run through me, a tune started to form in my head which I aptly named “Fogbank.” (Listen to “Fogbank”)
Wherever you find yourself, always remember that God has promised us that He will never forsake us. We are His children and His love surpasses all understanding. Sometimes we are tested and/or life gets in the way, and we find ourselves behind the fogbank. That’s when it seems like God is far away – much like the moon. When that happens, I encourage you to stand strong in your Faith even though it may feel hard to do. God will show up – most likely not in the way we would want or expect but He will show up!
Image courtesy of: BernalKC. Used by permission.