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The Fog!

Romans 12:2 CEV: “Don’t be like the people of this world, but let God change the way you think. Then you will

know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to him.”

Colossians 2:8 CEV: “Don’t let anyone fool you by using senseless arguments. These arguments may sound wise, but they are only human teachings. They come from the powers of this world and not from Christ.”

We were vacationing off the coast of Maine one summer and I went for a walk. I watched this fog roll in from the sea and noticed that it rapidly engulfed the quaint little Maine town. A short time before this event it was crystal clear, and you could see for miles but now it was choked out by the fog. The scenic view was covered over and within minutes you could only see a few feet in front of you. My scenic walk became a walk in the foggy cloud. I almost tripped over a bench – almost banged my head into a streetlight post. The fog made everything more dangerous because you could not see that far in front of you. I observed near misses between cars and trucks all because the visibility has vanished. Everyone should have been more careful, but they were in a hurry it was for them the morning rush hour and so accidents started happening! First one then two. The fogginess was so thick you could plow right into people in front of you and never see them until you hit them.

Fog has caused a lot of accidents and severe consequences which have led to many deaths. In my research I discovered how bad it can really be:

The worst foggy accidents can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiple-vehicle_collision.

Let me pick out a few of the worst from wiki!

11 December 1990 - Heavy fog caused by the neighboring Bowater paper mill led to a fiery crash involving 99 vehicles, leaving 12 dead and 42 injured on Interstate 75 in Calhoun, Tennessee, United States, between Chattanooga and Knoxville near the Hiwassee River. The Bowater paper mill paid out more than $10M in settlements. A fog warning system has since been installed, and the highway patrol enforces speed limits aggressively.

14 March 2002 - One-time sudden fog caused a pileup on Interstate 75 in Catoosa County, Georgia, United States, involving 125 vehicles and killing four people and injuring 39 more.

27 February 1996 – 10 dies, 80 injured and it involved 200 vehicles. The Fog caused this accident on E17 motorway near Nazareth, Belgium.

11 October 2002 – 10 died, 36 injured and it involved 50 vehicles. Dense fog caused a collision on Interstate 43 in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, United States, just north of the Ozaukee-Sheboygan County line, involving 50 vehicles. It is considered the worst multiple-vehicle collision in Wisconsin history.

We see and even hear about the danger of fog.

The eerie spiritual fog of spiritual fogginess has descended on America today and seeped its way into many families, many churches and many communities. Many people are being engulfed into this dense fog and have no idea of the dangers around them. They speed along doing life with no clue that they are headed for a horrendous crash.

I want to shout to these Christians and Un-Christian - “Stop” “Slow down” “Wake up” “The hurry up sickness will kill you!” “Look out you are about to crash!” – “Warning the fog is blinding you to the danger ahead!” “Danger the fog is hindering your vision and perception!” I wish I could say it in a way that caused a spiritual urgency and people really slowed down, why? Because it really is the enemy of your soul, spirit and body! So please stop, become aware of the danger of the fog and go to the higher ground to get out of the fog!”

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