There are certain photos I have taken in which I remember exactly what I was thinking when I took it. This Photo is one of them.
I was struck by the image of these individuals emerging out of the fog, where seconds before they could not be seen. The beauty of their emergence affected me immediately. It reminded me of how life is sometimes like the fog. The busyness and stress of life can creep up on us and before we know it, it has so densely surrounded us we can no longer see anything else. We keep moving forward in this fog, but the pressures of the world, of our troubles, become so thick. It then clouds out all the simple, beautiful moments that are happening around us. We begin drowning in a vapor of condensation either of our own making or by the hurt inflicted on us by others. Regardless of where the pain stems from, it creates a veil over our eyes. We are unable to see sun, the light. It becomes a barrier to the gifts and blessings of the here and now. And as it thickens, it stops us in our tracks. It can become so debilitating we can not move. We can not take a step forward, for we cannot see anything. But, there is HOPE! The fog can be lifted! Look for the light in the fog that is Christ. The things of this world will try to keep you veiled in it's dreariness, but the light is there. 2 Corinthians 5:7 says, "For we live by faith, not by sight." Persevere! Keep taking that step forward in faith even though you cannot see. The peace that is found in the Lord, is at the end of your fingertips.....reach for it! He is always there. When it feels like he's absent in that cloud of trial, remember Deuteronomy 31:6 "Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you or forsake you." You CAN emerge from the fog! You may be weary, scared, or broken, but as you cling to the hope that is in our God, light will emerge. The fog WILL dissipate. Sometimes slowly, sometimes right in front of your eyes. Nonetheless, it will lift and you will be strengthened.
This fog, I know it well. I am those shadows emerging on the beach. My scars remain, but the Lord has changed them from wounds to seeds. The further I walk on the beach with the Lord, the farther I leave the fog behind. Hold tight to the anchor of hope in Jesus. Emerge, my friend! One step, at a time, emerge!
Romans 8:24-25 says, "For in this HOPE we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience." May you hold tight to the hope that is in Jesus Christ. May you perservere in the fog. May you emerge from the cloud by putting one foot in front of the other even though you cannot see. May you follow the voice of the one who loves you above all others. May you reach for the hand that will lead you to the light. In all your troubles, may hope grow, the fog lift, and your wounds turn into seeds.
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