That title has nothing to do with this blog entry, except for the fact it is my FAVORITE line from the movie “Airplane!” (Not that I’m recommending any of you go watch Airplane, because if you are not into absolutely stupid guy humor, it’ll be a waste of your time …)
Fog … Condensation forming that is light and airy, and hanging in the air just enough to prevent good visibility. This morning I was driving up McCown towards the church and when I got to Mark Phillips’ house, I couldn’t even SEE Genevieve Pettigrew’s mailbox. Thick fog requires a knowledge of the road to drive in, a little luck, and a lot of faith.
Fog presents a great analogy on faith. In New Orleans, there is a double-bridge called the Lake Ponchartrain Causeway.
(Facts about that bridge copied from Wikipedia:
The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, or the Causeway, consists of two parallel bridges crossing Lake Pontchartrain in southern Louisiana, United States. The longer of the two bridges is 23.83 miles (38.35 km) long. Since 1969 it was listed by Guinness World Records as the longest bridge over water in the world; in 2011 in response to the opening of the longer Jiaozhou Bay Bridge in China, Guinness created two categories for bridges over water: continuous and aggregate lengths over water. Lake Pontchartrain Causeway then became the longest bridge over water (continuous) while Jiaozhou Bay Bridge the longest bridge over water (aggregate).
The bridges are supported by 9,500 concrete pilings. The two bridges feature bascule spans over the navigation channel 8 miles (13 km) south of the north shore. The southern terminus of the Causeway is in Metairie,Louisiana, a suburb of New Orleans. The northern terminus is at Mandeville, Louisiana.
Thank you, Wikipedia, for making all of our lives greater.)
When fog sops these bridges in, the police force for these bridges (Yes, the Causeway has IT’S OWN POLICE DEPARTMENT) will stack cars two or three together and tell them to follow the police car in front. The cars go across in a tight line, with speeds going as low as 20mph (depending on the thickness of the fog). The key here is have faith in the person in front of you … DON’T LET THEIR LIGHTS GET OUT OF YOUR SIGHT. The bridges are relatively straight, but you’d better follow carefully. Great faith is required, because if the policeman doesn’t know where he is going and You are following his lights, if he goes over the side I guess you are next. And then, the next guy. And then, the next guy. Not a fun thought.
Everyday presents opportunities to follow with faith. Spiritually, Satan pumps the fog in all around us. In front of us. Behind us. And the Holy Spirit is there. He is always there. Waiting to show us the way God wants us to navigate. The only really “safe” way, even though it might lead through treacherous territory. No matter how thick or dangerous it might seem, if we follow Him closely … if we TRUST HIM … we will make it safely to the other side.
So: Which will you choose today, on this foggy day in Florence, SC???