The other day I was driving home from Newnan when the weather turned nasty. The daylight was fading fast because it gets dark early during winter months. I always say that I could drive these roads with my eyes closed, but not that day. It was misting rain and the fog was setting in; getting thicker by the minute. I did what every southern lady does, I turned the radio down so I could see, but only to a whisper, it was good company for my drive home. My posture changed, I tensed up and leaned forward as I tightened the grip on the wheel and began to strain my already hard to see eyes. These country roads are notorious for wildlife jumping out in front of you, so I was watching for deer with my peripheral vision and looking down the road with the rest of what good vision I have left. With no white line on the right hand side of the road and the yellow line barely bleeding through the fog I was fighting it. My anxiety set in, I could've stopped but that wouldn’t have been good for the people behind me. Instead, I slowed down to a crawl and kept driving, pushing my way through the fog until I made it home.
I usually enjoy my ride home from town on those country roads, the stress from being in town leaves with each mile, it’s joyful and relaxing, I listen to praise music or a good podcast but not that night. The darkness had set in, the fog and rain had made it even worse.
If you’re experiencing a dark time in your life and you can’t see clearly, if you feel like you're fighting a losing battle with anxiety setting in; let me encourage you to keep pushing through the darkness.
The night Jesus sent His disciples to the other side of Galilee in a boat; the storms got rough, the rain came, and the fog was thick. I believe that Jesus knew what was ahead for them when He put them in the boat, yet Jesus came to them in the middle of their darkest night. The fear and doubt they were experiencing turned into a deeper faith.
As you read this, be encouraged. God has made provisions for these uncertain times and He will show up for you, too. His love is steadfast. He’s promised to never leave us or forsake us.
22 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.
23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.
24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.
25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.
33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.
8 And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.