I suppose all of us at one time or another have had the words of a song ‘get stuck in our minds’. The day after Thanksgiving a local radio station was playing Christmas music, including “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer”. I never particularly liked the song, but the words kept replaying in my mind. The words “Then one foggy Christmas Eve” would not go away. So I started thinking about ways to shake the words. I wondered if the Lord was trying to speak to me. I searched my memory for fog events and one prominent fog event came to mind.
The event is rooted in New Hope’s ministry in Bayou La Batre, Alabama, after Hurricane Katrina (2005). During our ministry there, we stayed nearby on Dauphin Island. Many early mornings on Dauphin Island, I would walk out on the deck to find the entire area engulfed in fog. At times the fog would be so thick that it obscured familiar landmarks.
I am not an expert on fog, but let me share a few things I do know. I know with heavy fog, you can walk through it, talk through it, throw a rock through it, but you can’t see through it. It can conceal things that are right before you. There are events in our personal lives that may obscure our view of things that are eternal. Because of spiritual fog, we can lose sight of Jesus. “We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist” (1 Corinthians 13:12a, MSG).
THINGS THAT CAN OBSCURE JESUS FROM OUR VIEW THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON:
- Preoccupation with self, personal problems, illness, family problems, broken relationships, financial woes, and “getting older” can crowd our minds. Fog creeps in.
- Over commercialization is obscene! Yet, most of us get caught up in it to some degree. We spend ourselves into debt to buy things that are not needed. Fog rolls in.
- We are supposed to be a Christian Nation, yet Nativity Scenes are being banned in public places. Businesses are restrained from wishing you a Merry Christmas, etc. Santa is welcome, but not the ONE whose birthday we should to be celebrating! More Fog!
- Inside the church world, theologians and critics dismiss the Virgin birth, the Star, and the validity of the Scriptural accounts. Many ministers are too often taught in seminaries that The Bible is not necessarily the inerrant, infallible Word of God. Dense Fog!
- There are problems with busyness. “As Thy servant was busy here and there, he was gone” (1 Kings 20:40). This is one of the busiest times of year. Heavy Fog.
- Family gatherings, important as they are, may be elevated to a position above the Family of God. True worship is shoved to the sideline. Thick Fog.
As the days progressed on Dauphin, the sun would cause the fog to lift. May the Son of God help the spiritual fog of this Christmas season lift so we can clearly see Him.
“But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing Him directly just as He knows us!”
(1 Corinthians 13:12)
~ Brother Roy