I lived north of Seattle several years ago and would take advantage of the few sunny days we would have by walking to work. It gave me time to enjoy the day before the business part of life began. One day, I started the two and a half mile walk through the neighborhoods as I talked with Yahweh about my day. I was sharing with Him my joys and my frustrations, and thanking Him for always guiding me and seeing me through the ups and downs in life.
As I walked, I was looking forward to the moment when I would turn the corner up ahead and directly before me would be the most incredible view of the snow-capped Cascade Mountains with the blue ocean waters nestled below them. It literally takes your breath away. The anticipation was building with each step I took. It reminded me of that feeling you get when you are waiting to open a present. You’ve seen the box sitting on the table but the time has not yet arrived for you to pick it up and open it. The excitement builds and you begin to imagine all the possibilities of what might be hidden inside the box. When the time finally arrives, you are so full of excitement and joy that you find yourself fumbling just to get the paper off the present.
Well, the anticipation was building the closer I came to the bend in the road and just as I turned the corner, I saw it. No, not the mountains. Not even the water. What stood before me was a thick fog that had settled in and hidden everything from view. My heart sank. I was looking forward to that moment. I had anticipated it. I had envisioned it. But sadly, I couldn’t see it.
As I continued my walk, God reminded me that the view was still there. The fog may be hiding it for the moment, but the mountains had not moved and the ocean had not dried up. That breathtaking view was still there. He asked me, “Can you see it?” I said, “Well, of course not. The fog is in the way.”
But He wasn’t satisfied with that answer. He again spoke to me and said, “Are you going to allow a little bit of fog rolling in to cause you to forget the very thing that you know is there? Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t there. I want you to open your spiritual eyes. Now look again. Can you see it?”
It was at that moment, in the thickness of the fog, that I saw the sun come pouring through an opening in the heavens as rays of sunlight filtered across the morning sky. The mountains were not visible to me with my physical eyes, but as I looked across the horizon I could see them. At first it was faint, but then it was as if the fog momentarily rolled back and I could see before me the snow-capped mountains radiating the light of the sun and the brilliant blue waters at the foot of the mountains.
It all took place so quickly, but the Father used that moment to remind me that there will come times in your life when the dream that He has given you is alive and vibrant, and it fills your days with excitement as you turn the corner along the journey and become overwhelmed with the grandeur before you. The vision is vivid and breathtakingly beautiful. But then there comes a day, and it happens to all of us, when you turn the next corner expecting to be encouraged by the vision, and all you see is nothingness. Your heart sinks. You begin to doubt whether that dream is even real anymore. You wonder if it is there, if it can still be attained.
I want you to know that your dream is not gone. It hasn’t moved away or dried up. Ask the Father to open your spiritual eyes so you can see beyond the fog that is in front of you. Look past the sickness that has been attacking your body and the financial troubles that are in your way. Look past the family issues surrounding you and the heartache you are feeling. Yahweh didn’t give you that dream and start you out on your journey just to lead you into a fog and walk away. No, He positioned you and put you on the very path you are on because He knows the way and wants you to trust Him in getting you through.
Your dream is still there. Quiet you heart and tell all those “what if’s” to be quiet. Remember that moment when He spoke to your heart and gave you that dream? That very first moment? Allow that joy and passion to flood your heart again. Then step out in faith, trusting that the Father will do as He has promised. He didn’t give you that dream for you to quit along the way. Don’t you give up. You may only see fog before you right now, but your dream is on the other side.