Getting Ahead: ‘Fighting the fog’

By John G. Pfeifer - Religion Writer

When I take a shower every morning the mirror fogs up. I wipe it and the moisture streaks around, and then the fog builds right back up.

We have a very good exhaust fan in the bathroom, but it takes it awhile to clear the room of the steam from the hot shower. I found that if I cracked the door, it would allow some dry air to enter the room. Almost immediately the fogged up mirror would then clear up.

I didn’t even have to wipe it off. Did it clear up because something had come into the room that could absorb the moisture, or did it clear because I let the steam out of the door? I know that both factors are working but the dry air is by far the greatest one of the two.

The same principle is at work when the air conditioner kicks on when I’m defrosting my car windows. Just using hot air will work. But it is much better to have dry air to help absorb the moisture that is producing the fog on my windshield in the car or my mirror in the bathroom.

There have been many times that I’m trying to figure something out and it is as if I am looking in a fogged up mirror. When that happens, as hard as I try, I can’t see the solution to the problem. I try to get rid of the uncertainty and indecision, but it seems that I just created streaks, and the fog continues to obstruct the truth I so desperately need.

Could it be possible that there is something just beyond the closed door that could clear things up? Am I willing to crack that door to let in the thing I need? What if someone walking by could see in?

These and other life questions will be addressed Sunday morning as “The Gathering Place Family” meets at 240 Courthouse Parkway in Washington C.H. for Life Groups at 9:30 and in the lobby at 10 a.m. for our Pre-Service Connection where we enjoy coffee, juice and donuts. Our Worship Service and Children’s Church then begins at 10:30. Come at 7 p.m. and be part of our Wednesday night Bible Study and Children’s Ministry.

By John G. Pfeifer

Religion Writer