04 June 2019

3 Steps to Clear a Foggy Outlook.


A heavy fog suddenly draped one of the world’s largest cities. Darkness reigned at noon as if midnight had arrived early. Those on foot managed the dense moist air while in route to work. Those in cars struggled to make out silhouettes of people through dirty windshields and frantic wiper blades. The lungs of many a soul struggled to find breathable air. Therefore, a stroll in the park was not recommended. Walking the dog was now low priority. And life as everyone knew it was suddenly hazardous, even toxic, especially outdoors.

Unfortunately, said conditions were perfect for such a weather phenomenon as this; a mixture of smoke from commercial chimneys, residential fireplaces, and motor vehicle exhaust, all to mingle with nature’s wet air to create a lung-choking smog.

The fact that it was a windless day in London didn’t help matters. And the fact that it was December didn’t help either, it was cold. Furthermore, the fact that it was 1952 wasn’t good news because any effective legislative steps toward environmental preservation had yet to be conceived. Guidelines that were currently in place? Well, some said it made things worse.

The locals refer to these events as a “pea-souper”, because it colored the air to a yellow-blackish hue. The color alone caused alarm. But this particular occurrence was the worst ever seen in London. Various pollutants such a Sulfur Dioxide and the particles of soot from coal, the primary source for fireplaces in the city, were wreaking havoc on the air supply, and the human respiratory system.

Initially, it was estimated that about four thousand people died from the event. Later estimates however put residual casualties at about twelve thousand, all from an event that lasted only 3 days. The great fog event in London is probably the worst weather-pollution event in history. In the world today however, there’s a proverbial fog that’s amassing even more casualties.

A Different Kind of Fog

Since the 1950’s, both Europe and the United Sates have taken effective steps toward cleaner air and the restriction of emissions from all types of “chimneys”. What has not improved however is the spiritual fog that plagues so many in our culture here in the U.S.A. In fact, it’s getting worse. More and more folks seem to be walking around with an uncertainty, a confusion perhaps about what to believe, and what’s real. What’s true.

Increasingly, people aren’t sure what to believe, especially as our society waxes secular and once highly regarded Christian values come under attack. Many are left to make up their own rules about life, society and interacting with others. Problem is, most of them are self-serving. Which brings great harm to society as a whole.

Perhaps as a result, more weary souls than ever are drowning in depression and a sense hopelessness as they look for answers from the drug companies, alcohol producers and a myriad of pleasures of the flesh. Never before have so many been addicted to legal meds, let alone the illegal ones. Sounds like a perfect time to legalize even more drug use. What in the world are we thinking???

Whatever your fix however, there are 3 authentic steps one can take in order to eliminate the fog of life, restore clarity and clean up both heart and mind.
So many folks today are lost, and mostly within themselves. Maybe that’s you. Which is why so many reach for external, but very destructive solutions, which just make things worse. But you can stop today. Try these 3 steps, and then get plugged in with a Bible believing church somewhere. Christian love, healing and enlightenment awaits you there.

  1. Seek the truth of God first thing everyday. There simply is nothing more important in your life. The Bible has this remarkable ability to cut through the lies, deceptions and false promises of this world, and then provide real truth you can rely on. Basking in the pages of this ancient and wise book has kept many a foot from stumbling, as it is the truth of God. Daily doses of Scripture make it very hard for lies and deception to invade both heart and mind, and from creating that depressing and destructive fog within.
  2. Take a few minutes each day to praise and thank your Creator God. He’s given us life. He’s created our bodies and minds, the universe and the lives we now live. It all may not be perfect, but we sure in Heaven didn’t create any of it. So lets give credit where credit is due. I also like recognizing God for the compassionate God He is. And for how quick He is to forgive, as demonstrated faithfully through our Savior and life giver, Christ Jesus. Wow, what a gift Jesus is.
  3. Take every part of you heart to God. Your dreams. Your disappointments. Your struggles, etc. Yes, the good, the bad and the shameful. Just spill it. Hold nothing back. If you do this in faith, you’ll be amazed at the freedom that will ensue. Anything we bring to God, He promises to forgive, and to help you address. As we’re willing to face the truth about ourselves, God will bring us into the truth of life, love and freedom. Not to mention great peace. Things won’t change overnight, but keep doing this daily and the fog will eventually rise.