On a cold mid-winter’s night, fog roles across the fields and engulfs all that stands in its path. Trees lurk as ghostly figures in the near distance. Creatures of the night can be heard close by, although not seen. They almost seem to live in another dimension. The night tries in vain to reflect any light back to its origin, rejecting the notion that this deep darkness can somehow be pierced. The air is dense with moisture, gently baptizing everything that dares venture out on this eerily mysterious evening. One is literally engulfed by the scene, capable of disappearing from sight with a single step. The clouds of the sky have reached downward as if seeking land upon which to rest. Time seemingly stands still, as I stand on my porch gazing into the shadows. I find myself feeling lost.
This moment can so easily be a metaphor. Here in this night, one cannot see what lies around the corner. Shadows surround me, but I cannot quite make out their character. Meanwhile, the chaotic fog engulfs me from all sides, ebbing and flowing as a current gaining momentum. Life as I have come to know it only exists in another dimension. Light reaches outward seeking to guide me, while darkness struggles to push it back. It can be so easy to feel overwhelmed and invisible here, to feel as if the voice of my existence is being muffled, and yet I know my way around the landscape. I must only have trust in my experience.
I trust the God who I have experienced walking by my side with every step I take. I trust the Lord whose light I have come to know as it shines upon my every path. I trust the Creator who is ever breathing new life into me, and whose hand I have perpetually felt holding tightly onto mine. For regardless of how dense the fog can get, I am never beyond the reach of God’s Love and Grace. To me in these moments, these gifts may seem to be but a shadow lurking, however in reality they are a sun shining so brightly that it will at daybreak burn up all that stands between myself and that sun’s source. My experience has taught me that light eventually always pierces the darkness of this world, no matter how thick a darkness it may be. Thus I step without fear into the unknown, in full faith that I walk not alone, for you My Lord are the light unto my path. Amen.
-Rev Jeffrey G Mikyska (pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Elgin, IL)