20th October 2018

The Bridge Through The Fog

“You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.”
Psalm 16:11 (NRSVA)

The Queensferry Bridge looked very eerie. Half of it – the section connected to the north bank of the river Forth – looked fine. The rest of it appeared to be missing. The southern half was completely invisible: the haar, a cold fog coming off the North Sea, had “cut” the bridge cleanly into two. I didn’t need to cross the Forth that day to get into Edinburgh, but I assume that I wouldn’t have let this scene deter me. There was no reason to believe that I would plunge into the river half way across the bridge!

Thirty years ago, I gave my life over to Jesus Christ; I was spiritually bust and knew that I needed to be under new management. Since then I have continued to follow the path laid down by God. Jesus promises that he is “the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6), and I have stayed on that road. However, there have been times when I have wondered just what the future holds. Sometime life feels like I have suddenly plunged into fog. A close family member is diagnosed with serious illness. A breakdown in relationships threatens to disturb good friendships. Insecurity at work threatens the ability to pay the mortgage. Just like when driving down the M90, the haar can be just like a grey wall, stretching across the countryside. I can see nothing beyond it. But I put my lights on and drove into that wispy wall. I have faith that the motorway continues beyond that grey boundary.

There are times when I lose trust in myself; I no longer consider that my own abilities will see me through my plight. That is when I most look to God, relying on the word of Jesus. But it can get worse. If the crisis prolongs, I begin to wonder about my faith; will it continue to hold in the present crisis? Will I fail in the confusion and chaos around me? Could I let salvation slip from my grasp? However, the haar teaches me that this is the wrong question to ask. My faith in the Queensferry Bridge isn’t the “force” that keeps it high above the river Forth. Nor does my salvation rely on the strength of my faith.

Jesus Christ is the way. Sometimes, I may feel that I am speeding down that way at 70 mph. At other times I may be walking cautiously, worried about the fog I am in. And there are occasions when I crawl along, hugging anything that looks stable and safe in the haar of life. But always beneath me is the stable road to eternal life, as built by the Son of God. Jesus Christ never stops being that solid ground underpinning my journey. Jesus said, “take courage; I have conquered the world!” (John 16:33).

So I will continue to follow that path laid down by God through Jesus Christ. I have no idea what the next “haar of life” will be; nor do I know how I will react to that fog. Perhaps I will stride confidently in Christ. Maybe my faith will weaken and I will slow to a crawl. But it’s not about me, it’s all about Jesus Christ. Thank God! Jesus is our bridge to eternal life. The fogs of life may bring doubt and confusion, but the way of salvation is a firm path beneath our feet.

Father, thank you for opening our eyes, for giving us the faith to trust in your Son. But there are times when our faith feels weak, when we dare not trust ourselves. When we feel that we are on the cusp of failure, or indeed have failed, remind us of Jesus’ completed work. He is the way, the truth and the life. He will see us through. Great God, how we praise you!

Study by Ian Woodley

About the Author:
Ian Woodley is an Elder and Pastoral Council member of the Edinburgh Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, a part of Grace Communion International (Gracecom for short).

Local Congregation:
Gracecom, Edinburgh
Gilmerton New Church
Ravenscroft Street
EH17 8QJ

Meeting time:
Saturday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Peter Mill
Email: peter.mill@gracecom.church

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