Sunflower from the Sunflower State

Sunflower from the Sunflower State

Friday, May 24, 2013

Clearing the Fog

The fog was like a wet blanket as I walked down my country road one day last week. If I'm honest, it matched my mood. My feelings were hurt, and my spirit felt the heaviness of the morning.
I really didn't want to walk. It's like that sometimes, when your feet feel as heavy as your heart. But I did it anyway.
As I was walking, the sun started to filter through the clouds and cast golden light on the horizon. Slowly, but surely, the light penetrated the fog. The Light was doing the same for me.

Instead of focusing on the darkness, I began looking with eyes wide open to the beauty. The miniscule dew drops looked like diamonds as they clung tenaciously to the wheat heads.
Moisture gave a luster and freshness to the flowering shrub in my backyard.
Soft sunlight illuminated the pasture fence that seemed to stretch forever as it disappeared into the morning fog.
 And wouldn't you know it? An email devotional showed up at about the same time:
Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you're going to live your life. Approach the day with a joyful attitude. A positive attitude is one of the greatest spiritual gifts. Help us remember to praise!
From a Guideposts email devotional
 
This week, as I watched coverage from the devastation that tornadoes brought to our neighbors to the south in Shawnee and Moore, Okla., it's easy to feel that "fog" pull me down again. But there is so much light - if I look hard enough. I could see it in the tired eyes of the emergency workers. I saw it as teachers hugged the students they had protected with their own bodies as the storm roared overhead. I could hear it in the brave words of people who have lost everything but the clothes on their back, but who were just thankful to be alive and who vowed to rebuild.
I see Light as delegates to the Kansas West Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church gather in Hutchinson. Today, there's a special offering being taken for UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief), and every penny goes to victims. If you'd like to donate $10 immediately, text RESPONSE to 80888. Or to give online,  click on the following link:
https://secure3.convio.net/gbgm/site/SPageNavigator/umcor_donate.html?type=1002&project=901670

We are not alone. This is happening all over the U.S. as people's hearts, hands and resources reach out to those in need.
And, on this Memorial Day weekend as we remember those who sacrificed for our country and those family members who were so important to our heritage, we can find light, too. Have a safe and blessed weekend, everyone!

4 comments:

  1. Kim,
    I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Are you doing anything special?

    We all have those foggy days. Your pictures and quotes are beautiful. I am glad that you were able to see the beauty of the fog and sun beam. Those little inspirational boosts we need come to us with perfect timing!

    When we gathered cattle to move to grass yesterday it was foggy. I wish I could have snapped a picture from the hill tops of the fog in the draws.

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    1. We went to do the annual "cemetery crawl" with my parents after church yesterday. Today (Monday), Randy's sister and family will be here to decorate graves. I'm making lunch for everyone. Hope you're having a great weekend, too!

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  2. I've been feeling a bit of that fog this week, too. So many things have made it tough, but as you discovered there is always something beautiful to see.

    For us that beauty is the new church building we are moving into for our 1st service on Sunday. When I think about all the hard work & prayers that have gone into making that new building a reality, I'm able to see the fog roll away & know that God has our backs & will make everything work out for our best & his glory.

    Some days all it takes for me to remember that everything will work out is reading your blog & looking at your pictures. Thanks for your part in being a fog-lifter for others.

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words. I always feel a little guilty when I am in that "fog" because when I look around, I realize how fortunate I am. I hope your church service was amazing on Sunday (forgive me for being late to respond). I truly appreciate your affirmations. They mean a lot. Happy Memorial Day weekend!

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