Last Monday morning began with a good bit of fog in our area. My drive into the office crosses the east fork of the Trinity River. With all of the rain we had last week the bottomland created by the river was covered with water. That extra moisture helped to create a denser fog for several miles along the highway. It was nice that everyone was trying to be extra careful on the freeway for a change!
Everything looked different when it was shrouded in the fog. Visibility in the thickest part of the fog was just a few hundred yards. It gives an eerie and almost spooky feeling when you can see only a short distance. You know that certain things are there because it is a familiar area but it is still weird when things suddenly materialize out of the mist and then disappear again as you drive away. The thick fog is mysterious because you do not know what may be hidden in the murkiness.
Many people have a fear-tinged fascination with things in our world that seem to be eerie, spooky, mysterious, or hard to explain. There is a fear of the unknown but also a desire to be able to experience something extraordinary. Palm readers, psychics, clairvoyants, and even witches have always found a niche in societies around the world. Most people have at least a passing curiosity in such things while others believe fervently in them. The level of interest in our society is demonstrated by television shows like Long Island Medium, the existence of palm readers and psychics in many cities across America, and even movies and books like the Harry Potter series.
Are there things in our world that are eerie and hard to explain? Yes, there are. Are there forces at work that we do not understand? It would certainly seem to be so. The Bible even indicates that is the case in passages like Ephesians 6:11-12, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
Is there any reason for us to be anxious, upset, or fearful about any of this? Not at all. Why? Because our God knows all things, is in control of all things, and has promised to take care of His faithful people. Moses told Israel in Deuteronomy 29:29, “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” This truth is still valid in that there are things God has chosen to keep secret from us, but what God has revealed can be clearly seen. When we believe it and obey it, we can trust Him to take care of us in every way.