When I was a little girl, I came upon a picture of the most beautiful place I had ever seen: Crater Lake National Park. Deep blue water was surrounded by jagged mountain peaks. I had no idea I was actually looking at the water-filled caldera of an ancient volcano; all I knew is I wanted to go there one day.
So, when we visited the Pacific Northwest in the summer of 2016, we dedicated a day to journeying to this place of my childhood dreams. As we approached, the air became hazier and hazier. Who knew that wildfires burning a long distance away would leave their impression on Crater Lake that day. Although I was disappointed that I could not see the crystal clear views I had dreamed of, the beauty of this place could not be denied.
“We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing Him directly just as He knows us!” 1 Corinthians 13:12.
Our day in Crater Lake brought to mind this verse. We often do not see things clearly on our journey in this world. But one day, we will. And until that day, we must resolve to trust the Lord and be obedient to Him. He knows what lies behind the fog and is able to guide us through.