Ravi Zacharias* in his book Seeing Jesus from the East writes:
The story is told of a little seaside town where the fog was sometimes so thick that ships were prevented from making it safely into port. The townsfolk decided to build a lighthouse. On the day that the lighthouse was finished, they celebrated with bands playing, bells ringing, and trumpets sounding. The mayor cut a ribbon to inaugurate the lighthouse. That night, a huge fog descended once again. Two visitors who had attended the ceremony said to each other, “The light shines, the bells ring, the horns blow, but the fog comes in just the same.” They missed the point. The lighthouse was never intended to keep the fog from coming in. It was designed to guide ships safely into harbour, through the fog. The Son of God came not to keep the fog from descending but to help the human heart see through the fog.
This story spoke to me as I was reading Ravi's book at the weekend. Perhaps COVID-19 is the latest fog to roll in and threaten us with danger. Some question why God allows the fog to roll in, rather than taking comfort that he has given a light to guide us.
I have also been moved recently by a song which asks, Do you feel the shadows deepen…(we do), but do you know that all the dark won’t stop the light from getting through …(we do). COVID-19 may be casting a dark shadow, cold, dreadful, and causing fear.
The bible reminds us “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me...” (Psalm 23:4) and “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:5).
Jesus, the Light of the world can be trusted to guide us even when his light is all we can see and everything else is obscured. This light has been a guide for many millions of people, who through the centuries have known the fear of seeing the fog roll in and yet have found their way through life’s trials by following Jesus. Jesus never fails to shine and can be trusted even in the darkest night.
If you find your way through life obscured by fog, darkened by shadows or buffeted by storms, look to Jesus and his light will guide you.
God bless you
*Ravi Zacharias, Christian apologist and author, passed away 19 May 2020. His clarity of thought and teaching have been a blessing to many.