Praying Through the Fog – By Esther Zaiback

Cape HatterasI prayed for one of my daughters for several years, pleading with God to guide and direct her.

Through prayer and fasting, God led me to Isaiah 42:16, which says, “I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. … These things I will do for them, and not forsake them.”

I claimed this promise for my daughter again and again. But I saw no change in her heart.

One morning before sunrise, I woke up feeling utterly abandoned by God. I questioned whether He was hearing my prayers. I opened the porch door and walked a few steps to my usual devotional spot, a scenic location that faces the Atlantic Ocean and has a beautiful view of a lighthouse.

But on this morning I could not see the lighthouse or the ocean. As I started to pray, I noticed that the morning fog was so thick that I could not see beyond the place where I was sitting.

As I prayed for my daughter, the sun began to rise and its rays shone through the fog. Slowly, I began to see the outline of the lighthouse on the horizon. In just a short period of time I was able to see everything around me clearly.

At that moment, it struck me that I had just witnessed a metaphor for prayer. The lighthouse and ocean had always been there, but I couldn’t see them because of the fog. Yet the moment the sun came out, I was able to see beyond my immediate vicinity.

The same is true of prayer. When we don’t see a change in the person whom we are praying for, it does not mean that God is not at work. Psalms 77:19 says, “Your way was in the sea, Your path was in the great waters, but your footsteps were not known.”

Little did I know that God had already begun answering my prayer. Even though I could not see His hand, the supplications that I was making in silence would one day be answered before my eyes.

Fourteen years have passed since I prayed on that foggy morning. Today, my daughter is a married woman who is seeking God’s will and has a passion for helping others. I praise God for encouraging me to keep praying through the fog.

Esther Zaiback, a mother and grandmother, lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, where she enjoys her grandchildren, gardening, and journaling.

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