Sometimes the fog can be so thick you can’t see more than a few feet. Fog you can see is one thing; but spiritual fog is another. As Rhonda and I made the painful decision to close River Ridge Church, the fog thickened around me. I wondered where God was and why he hadn’t shown up (in the way I had expected). I felt that I had placed me on a shelf and was through with me as one of his pastors.

In the midst of my confusion, I recalled Jesus’ words, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27, NLT). I wondered if I had heard his voice. I feared that I would never be able to hear his voice again! That is not a pleasant place to be.

I want to hear God’s voice. Earlier this month Rhonda and I started a 40 day tv fast. Basically, we agreed to give up tv in the evening so we could spend more time in prayer and Bible study. I hate to say to admit it, but she was doing better than me. I am married to a wonderful woman who truly loves God.

Between services at Crossroads today God tugged at my heart. I re-read what Jesus had to say about prayer (check it out here). The 6th verse just slapped me up side the head and lifted the fog: go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private.” (Okay, God did not literally slap me; he just got my attention.)

God is more interested in our relationship with him than anything else. He knows what we need. He just wants us to spend time with him, to get to know him, to talk with him, to listen to him. We focus so much of our prayers on ourselves that we fail to see the importance of the relationship.

If you are having a hard time with life right now, or feel like your spiritual life is going nowhere, or wonder where God is at, just spend some time with him. Get away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and talk with God. The fog surrounding you will lift.