walking through the fog

i like to go hiking. i miss it though because we don’t go nearly enough. anyway, i was thinking, sometimes when you hike, you have a nice sun-shiny day. it’s beautiful and perfect.

RMNP path

sometimes when you hike, especially in the mountains, especially in the northwest, sometimes you hike through fog. it’s kind of fun when you’re in it, for a little while, as long as it’s not too cold. but then the fog gets old. you want to see what’s in front of you a little further then a few feet. you get tired of the wet, damp air, you want to see the views…that’s half the reason you go for hikes, right? (ok, side note, the east coast/Pennsylvania hikes rarely have views…what’s up with that? oh yea, there are too many trees and you never get above tree line…)  anyway, back to my thoughts.

i was thinking that sometimes life is like hiking through fog. you don’t really know what’s up ahead. you may have a map, but if it’s truly foggy you aren’t exactly sure where you are. in life, you may have goals, or destinations, or a “purpose” that you’re headed toward, or you may not. you may just be walking along enjoying the view until suddenly a fog rolls in.

driving over pass

personally, i get frustrated with the fog. i wish it would just go away so i could know where i am going, ALL the time. i hate being uncertain with where to go next, or what to do around the bend. i so WANT clarity and everything explained and seen. in reality, i can only see a few steps in front of me. or maybe just the next step. sometimes all we have is the next step…

sometimes you’re not even sure the ground will meet your foot on the next step…

but, wait.

isn’t that faith? isn’t it faith to trust that the ground will catch your next step when you can’t see it?

faith is to just keep walking. to keep going the direction, following the path, doing the next thing, taking that next step, EVEN WHEN we aren’t sure where it’s going to lead. EVEN WHEN we’re not sure how it’s all going to work out.

i’m reading Emily P. Freeman’s new book Simply Tuesday {it’s breath taking y’all. i can’t put it down! i’m sure i’ll talk about it some more…} and a line from it has been living with me the past few days:

“if i always had clarity, why would i need faith?”

stop right there and think about that a second. then go on:

… in John 14:5-6 Thomas asks Jesus, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?”…and she says, the most logical(to us) response of Jesus would have been, “I’ll show you the way…” but instead, Jesus simply says, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” {my paraphrase from pg 175}

you guys. it’s like a lightbulb went off. FAITH is the only way! Faith in the ONE who IS the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Jesus didn’t give us a map -per se. Jesus said something completly different. He said- I AM the way.

we will have moments in our lives when we are walking through the fog. where we don’t understand how we got there or where to go from there. but clarity in life is NOT the point. Faith IS.

on that same page she says,

“I forget to receive the gift of grace, to remember how Jesus is with me and has made my heart his home. I forget I can trust him with my life and trust myself to choose well regardless of how unclear things may seem{because He is in me!}. I forget my true home is an invisible kingdom I can’t find on a map.”{my paraphrase}

that was underlined and circled! ha. isn’t in awesome when something just hits you over the head and you can’t stop thinking about it? that’s how this was for me. and that’s why i wanted to share it with you.

RMNP emerald lake

what do you think? i’d love to hear. are you walking through fog right now?? or is life crystal clear skies? please share!

if you want to read more of her genius, seriously, check out her book! {and let me know if you do so i can talk with you about it! tee hee}

xoxo-kimberly renee.

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One Response to walking through the fog

  1. Pamela Holderman November 3, 2015 at 6:33 pm #

    Thanks I needed this. Yep lots of fog ahead and I do need to remember that He can see through it.

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