I sat at home this morning, laying on my couch, watching out the windows as a gloomy day passed in Arkansas. A little rain here and there, colder weather, and lots of fog... Honestly my favorite type of day to stay inside! The house was quiet, as everyone was either at school or work- perks of being a college student on Winter break. I was reading a book, but I could not take my eyes off of the fog. As the day went on, the fog really set in. It was not only strangely dark and pretty, but oddly very peaceful.
Naturally, it got me to thinking... lately, our little town has lost several people to sickness and cancer. I had lunch with a friend yesterday and we dicussed the sadness that brings to a small town, whether you are directly affected, or not. As I was studying the fog, and thinking/praying, a thought suddenly came to mind. We are often faced with a fog in front of us. Maybe physically it's not there, but mentally, we do not know what the future holds- it is clouded by fog. As you all who follow me know, I have become even more aware of how important it is that I trust in the plan God has for me, even though because of "fog", I don't always know exactly what that looks like. We can all overthink too much, playing out in our heads what will happen, but no one knows except for God because He is on the other side of that fog, guiding us through. Somedays the fog is thicker, some days, very faint; but, still present. Regardless, it is there distracting us, obscuring our vision.
With the fog this morning, I knew what was beyond it. The homes and trees of course, because I have seen the world outside my house in full color and clarity. I believe the only way to see through the "fog" and uncertainty we face in every day life is to trust in God. Having faith in Him is the only way for us to truly be okay with the fog.
I can think back to times in my life where I was attempting to navigate through the thick fog all alone and of course, I failed miserably. Life is too short and too fragile to waste it wondering and worrying what lies beyond or within the fog. Just like the fog, life is mysterious, dark, light, and full of potential. Often in fog, our vision is clouded making our decisions clouded. The fog hides the truth from us and let's be honest, the longer we hide in the fog the worse things get.
I encourage you to find your light. For me, that is Christ. Use whatever or whoever you choose to help you walk in the light- to live in the light. The fog is breathtaking, but at the end of the day, we all thrive from a little light. Love your neighbor, hold on to your friends, and cherish the time you have walking in the light because the longer the fog sticks around, the easier it becomes to get lost.
1 Corinthians 13:12
"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!"
Southern and Thankful
Blessed is an understatement when it comes to my life. Each and every day I am amazed by God's steadfast love. In return, I have claimed this space to show my thanks and whatever else comes along the way. A recent graduate from Texas Christian University who loves any creative insta post, all donuts, and dress pants that make you do a double take. I pray God has a grand purpose for me and I plan to get there with a little Southern and a lot of Thanks! Join me!