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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Night, Not Fog

As I was driving to work this morning, the fog was overwhelming. Just before I left the house, I heard the schools were on a two hour delay, due to its danger. I chuckled as I left, thinking the school was over reacting. However, my entire way to work, I found driving in this fog more dangerous than driving in a storm or at night. Once I finally got on the main road to our church (and no longer had to turn left through intersections), I started thinking about the fog.

One encouragement about the process of inspiration (and possibly a proof) is the profound nature of Biblical illustrations. It's important that we don't take the illustrations too far (a brief look at commentaries on the parables will show you some people regularly do this), but we also don't want to ignore how well these illustrations hold up.

This world is not a battle between fog and clear skies...it's a battle of darkness and light.

God is Light. (I John 1:5)
You once were in darkness but have been called from that. (Ephesians 5:3-21)
Darkness and Light have no place together. (2 Corinthians 6:14-18)
Jesus offers light. John 8:12)
The gospel is our only access to that light. (Acts 26:18)

As I drove to the office, I noticed that my headlights had no effect on the fog; either way, I still lacked visibility. However, in darkness, even dim headlights have a great impact. Even now, as I look out my window, the fog has lifted slightly and yet it is coexisting with clear skies in an indistinct way. Yet it is light outside; the sun is out and the darkness is chased away. It was a great reminder to me, as I prepare for our student gathering tonight, that my mission is not to lift fog, but to shed light where there is darkness.

And glory to Him Who is Light and shone His light on my dark soul.

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