God used a peaceful fog (“pillar of cloud”) to lead His people through the wilderness. The pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of smoke by night embraced His people in His protective presence, just as He promised.
But they couldn’t see where they were going. The cloud (His peaceful fog) obscured their vision and compelled them to trust God for where He was taking them. God didn’t get lost when His people took 40 years to make an 11-day journey. God allowed all the people who left Egypt to die in the wilderness. They didn’t trust God and grumbled and backslid most of the journey. The fog was not peaceful to them. They were in a fog of their own. Of pride and disobedience.
So, the next time we find ourselves unable to decide what to do or how to do it, we might do well to relax. Let the peaceful fog of God’s omnipresent Spirit of love and protection obscure our foolish, fleshly wills. Then, we can let God’s Peaceful Fog roll in. Trust Him for the way. Trust Him for the outcome. Trust Him for the journey.