Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Morning Fog

This morning was foggy. Very foggy, sometimes my driving visibility wasn’t very good. I’ve blogged on fog before, but doing it again in a different way. I love fog. I pulled off and shot this picture before the sun came out and chased all the fog away. Within a few seconds it changed. I loved the road, the trees and how the fog seemed trapped. I half expected a horse to ride out of this fog at me with a rider from the past on his back….don’t know why, it just made me feel like I was back in olden days….like I’d be holding a Canon camera vs. just a canon and jumping back into a minivan no less vs. a horse!

Sometimes the fog creates fear thoughts in me. “I hope people see my vehicle/me and are driving safe!” “Accidents happen in broad daylight, let alone poor visibility.” “What if a vehicle is slow or stopped and I come up on it too quickly” “What is a safe speed without being a danger to people coming up behind me?” - As you can see, my mind attacks me with these thoughts and more. It is fear based thinking.

Then the optimistic side of me is fighting the fear going: “I should stop and take pictures – it is so beautiful.” “I just want to sit under a tree and watch the fog!” “Ooohhh, that tree in the fog is awesome!” “Look how is hangs in the fields like a quilt covering God’s beauty” “It is moist and giving to the plants and animals in this dry time.” “Gonna stop – have to take pictures!” And you get the idea……

The voices within us are our humanness – we always have the choice to listen to the good or the fear. Sometimes we need to have both to balance us and let us chose the right way. While the fear based questions are valid, I have to not be consumed by them and they give me the caution with direction I need in life. I like when the good thoughts overcome my fears and liken that to the Holy Spirit directing my paths. Recently one of my children had to make a choice between the right / wrong choices in life and sadly they chose to listen to the “wrong” voice. As a parent the struggle is to allow the natural consequences to kick in so the lesson you hope they will learn helps them make the better choice the next time….as daily we have choices to make on right or wrong. Those options never go away as we walk the path in life, sometimes in the fog!

Psalm 23:3 New International Version (NIV)

3. he refreshes my soul.

He guides me along the right paths

for his name’s sake.

Yup – says it all!


Becky said...

Val, I never get tired of reading your blogs. I love your style and how you always bring God into the picture in the fog or with the kids. Thank you for what you do!

They call me Deb said...

This is soooo beautifully written!
I think much like you in times like that. But I am so glad you chose not to fear but instead to see the beauty and capture it to share this lesson with us. Sometimes this world looks quite foggy - doesn't it? Downright frightening. But we have a choice in what/who to listen to.
Thanks again for sharing this one.

Dee said...

Val, I love fog also and have been tempted a few times to get up on a foggy morn just to take pictures. There is a very old grave yard near me that would be awesome in the fog. I feel myself coming back to blogging soon...my creativity is returning slowly.

pfeiff19 said...

Your writing style is beautiful, Val! Thank you for the sharing the bigger picture. ~Stephanie

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