James 4: 14: Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is but a VAPOR that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.
Today as I was running errands, I drove by the turn-off to the hospital on Route 50, and noticed the fog hanging on the hills and filling the river valley of our town, with beautiful white fluff. This wasn’t a thin fog covering, but as some call it, “pea-soup.” Very thick, very heavy, and pure white. It was phenomenally beautiful. We lived on the coast in New England for many years and spent a lot of time on ocean’s edge and one beautiful show of God’s nature was the fog. Pea-soup. You could hear the channel buoy’s bells clanging to the water’s movement, and the deep sound of the foghorns. The fog muffles and yet amplifies at the same time. Distorting both sound and position.
The view from hospital hill this morning brought back many wonderful memories for me, and it made me think of my favorite poem about fog, by Carl Sandburg.
“The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches, and then moves on.”
The Bible tells us life is but a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes, or moves on. Our life, unlike fog which dissipates, moves on to an eternal life. Either one of glorious reward or damnation.
Sandburg said that fog sits on silent haunches looking out over harbor and city, and then moves on. We are not to do that. We shouldn’t sit on silent haunches. We are commissioned by our Savior to win souls for His Kingdom. He said He had given us all authority to go make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and to teach them to obey all He commands. “Then,” He said, “I will be with you always, even to the end of the age.” (MT. 18-20).
Are we doing that? Or are we sitting silent when issues arise that seem controversial? Are we ashamed to admit to being a follower of Christ? Do we have a good witness by our own lives for the cause of Christ, or do we damage the Kingdom with behavior unbecoming a Christ follower, or Christian?
Our lives, like that fog can be beautiful, or they can be dangerous to our future. The fog causes many shipwrecks. Our careless treatment and stewardship of our Christian walk, can shipwreck our lives and the lives of others.
That ship coming close to disaster has a lighthouse to guide it safely into the harbor. It sends out a light the sailors can see and brings them safely home. We too have such a lighthouse, ours is named Jesus. He guides us daily to get us home, (to heaven), safely, but the onus is on us. (I love saying that). We must choose to follow the light He places in our path. To obey, and to try to take as many with us on that voyage as possible.
We cannot sit on silent haunches in this wicked time of history. We must speak up for the salvation that Jesus offers so freely to us, that was so costly to Him. Tell your neighbor about Him today. Invite someone to church, give them a ride if needed. Have a friend over for tea or coffee and share the gospel with them. Live your life in a way pleasing to God. Grab hold of someone’s hand and say, “Let me tell you about my Jesus.” Until next time!