The famous fog that shrouds San Francisco has a name...and a Facebook page. Karl the Fog is personified as a public figure with over 100,000 "likes." This last week afforded me the opportunity to meet Karl the Fog, and to wear a sweater, a jacket, gloves and socks in June in California.
Karl moves easily around the city. He hovers close and at any given moment moves in and changes visibility, the temperature and the atmosphere. Driving can become hazardous in moments. The world can become almost eerie as the white froth moves amidst tall skyscrapers and captures the famous Golden Gate Bridge.
Karl is well known. He shows up every day and is part of the lifestyle of those who call San Francisco home. Karl is almost a comfortable nuisance, tolerated and accepted. Cars slow, hazard lights are common and the dampness in the air leaves everything...soggy.
As we drove through the windy, hilly streets of San Francisco with Karl, I thought about the way that I sometimes adjust to the fog in my life. When I can't see clearly the next step, when I don't know the right answer, when I can't figure out how to pray, when I lose the path, life gets foggy. These times in my life certainly slow me down. I hope I have enough sense to put on my hazard lights, and yes, my thoughts are often "soggy" when I'm in the fog.
I also became aware of something else as we toured the city with the multitudes of people in the fog. When the sun showed through about 1:00 in the afternoon, the rest of the buildings came into view. As the sun burned through the fog, all the sites I had come to see were easily visible. People were drawn to the sunshine and warmth.
I'm thankful for the "Son" that burns through the fog in my life. I'm thankful that he has a name and it's a Name above every Name and that it has power to save, power to lead and to guide. I'm thankful that I don't have to miss out on what God is doing because I'm in the fog. Jesus, the Son, warms me. His light points the way. All hazards are removed by His love and protection. I can see what lies ahead and can move confidently in His grace.
Jesus, the Son of God, is indeed a public figure, but he needs no Facebook page. The pages of His very own Book have been read and loved and followed for centuries. He is the central character in his story. In it I read that He is the way, the truth and the life. He's fully capable of making my way sure and straight. His story is the "Good News," the lamp for my feet, the light for my path. His name indeed changes the atmosphere. All who call on that name shall find help in time of need!
Trust in The Lord with your whole heart and do not lean on your own understanding. Acknowledge Him in everything. He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-
Shelley Lopez, Executive Director
Shelley has been a member of the Springfield community for 29 years. As she lives and works and worships in the city, she uses the metaphor of an old Victorian house restoration to keep her focused on the work she is called to do. Inspired by the words of the prophet Isaiah, she pours herself into "restoring old ruins, rebuilding and renovating, making the community livable again" (Is. 58:12 MSG)