“Through the Fog”

The Upper Room devotional reflection for Tuesday, February 1, 2022 comes to us from Tim Tate of Virginia

2 One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. 3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the LORD, where the ark of God was. 4 Then the LORD called Samuel. Samuel answered, “Here I am.” 5 And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down.

6 Again the LORD called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” “My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” 7 Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD: The word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him. 8 A third time the LORD called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” Then Eli realized that the LORD was calling the boy. 9 So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10 The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” 11 And the LORD said to Samuel: “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it tingle.

1 Samuel 3:2-11 NIV

“Through the Fog”

Traveling through a thick fog, I was listening to a devotional program based on the calling of Samuel. The speaker gave an invitation simply to pray Samuel’s prayer, “Speak [LORD] for your servant is listening”. Then we were to be silent and listen.

The road on which I was traveling was crooked, and the thick fog created even more danger. I passed fields and thickets of trees from which deer could easily veer into my path. I cautiously navigated the road ahead and prayed, “Speak [LORD], for your servant is listening.”

God spoke by revealing how that moment was a great analogy for how to live by faith. I thought about how often it feels as if we are living in a fog, enveloped in the cares of our world while doing our best to follow the path before us. Then God reminded me that though the road ahead can be dark and winding, the light of Christ is always with us, leading us to where we need to be. I realized in that moment that if I trust the guiding light of God’s care, I will ultimately be okay. I did make it safely to my destination, with the words of Samuel still echoing in my mind: “Speak [LORD], for your servant is listening.”


Friends –

I grew up in Southern California, and Tim Tate’s reflection reminds of the many times that I had to drive through thick fog that had rolled in from the Pacific Ocean. Like many others, my instinct was to turn on my bright lights. Of course, that makes vision even more difficult, because it only makes the fog appear even brighter and denser. I agree with Tim Tate that it often feels like I am living in a fog as I go though my days, especially since the onslaught of the pandemic. I am reminded to trust God’s light, wisdom, and direction, instead of my own “bright lights”.

--Pastor bea


O God, be forever the light before us and the voice that calls us. Help us to listen and respond. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

--Tim Tate

Prayer Focus:

Those who travel dangerous roads.

Thought for the Day:

How do I take time to listen for God’s voice?