Walking out the kitchen door I was surprised to find myself surrounded by fog as thick as soup. I could barely see the distance of my arm in front of myself so I had to be careful where I walked. As I approached the dogs I could see what they were barking at, a young coyote on the other side of the fence testing our defenses. My two loyal dogs did the trick; he had no desire to try and cross the fence and tangle with these two. As he ran off, dejected and hungry, I took the dogs into the barn to give them a treat.
Now I had time to really survey the scene and it was one of wonder. Things that you see every day look so different in the fog. The Spanish moss on the trees with its coating of moisture looks like tentacles hanging down from the sky. Even the spider webs which are not noticeable show their wonder of creativity when holding a coating of moisture, many have shapes reminiscent of the Pentagon, with perfect straight lines in orderly fashion. But most noticeable of all was the quiet. For even when the dogs were barking, the natural muffling quality of the thick air deadens the tone dramatically and, when they are silent, the quiet is almost mystical. Even the rooster crows were dull, not sharp like they would be on a a crisp clear day.
Suddenly I hear a noise in the background that sounds like rolling drums, a steady beat growing louder and louder. While I still see nothing, I know what it is. Our horses have heard me and know I'm in the barn. They are on the way to the gate to await their morning breakfast. Sure enough they soon break through the mist like a cavalry charge rushing to the fence, only to change their direction into a circling action just when it looks like they might "crash the party".
Why do I write about this simple yet beautiful morning? After all, haven't we all seen fog in the morning? Why, of course, we all certainly have but I would like to suggest that on the next foggy morning take the time to slow down and watch nature in action. The changing conditions of weather and seasons are truly amazing and they are worth your attention. After all, each and every one is a special creation of God and He wants us to enjoy his handiwork. Take the time to do so and you will be truly rewarded.
Dear Lord: Thank you for the majesty and mystique of a foggy country morning. The natural beauty that you have so abundantly given us in so many different ways is a beautiful sign of your love and devotion to us mortals. Help us to understand through nature the power and the glory that you represent. And further help us to commit to promoting your Kingdom to others, for we know that if the earth about us is just a mere sample, the real product in Heaven above will be truly Divine. Bless us and keep us as we navigate a sometimes strange world and remind us of our obligation to you when we have doubts. In Jesus' name and for His sake we pray. Amen.
Enjoy another wonderful day and remember, live each day like it could be your last. After all, we don't know when He will call. Be happy, be secure and be ready.