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My Walks with Remi
Devotions Inspired by Nature to Strengthen Your Faith Journey
byCindy J. Anderson
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Getting Through the Fog
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
Have you ever felt like not taking a walk? Were you too busy or too tired? Was it too cold or rainy or dark? That’s how I felt one foggy morning. I looked outside and the thick, morning fog just hung on. It prevented the sun from drying the droplets of mist in the air and from removing the blanket of clouds to reveal the lush scenery below. As I looked towards the bathroom window, I noticed the beauty of the orchid blooming there before me; the backdrop of the fog behind it. It seemed another flower had come out overnight and a new shoot had sprung out as well. I was stunned by its growth. My lack of gardening skills surely couldn’t have nurtured such loveliness. I must have placed the orchid in just the perfect place to get the right amount of sun and warmth. I only water the orchid once a week; it seems nature does the rest. That morning my spirits were lifted by the colorful beauty of the flower that overlaid the grey fog beyond the window.
Sometimes, I have found God sends us a glimpse of hope when we are in a fog. It may take many forms: an encouraging word, a visit from a friend, the love of our family, the beauty of nature, a child’s laughter, a song, the affection of a pet, a hug, happy memories of the past, recollections of how God’s faithfulness brought you through hard times … a beautiful orchid. These meaningful signs of God’s love and care give us the courage we need to get through the fog.
Your fog might take on varying degrees of thickness - perhaps you’re just having a bad day, or maybe you are facing serious life challenges, or dealing with a deep hurt or loss. Fog tends to diminish our view and perspective. It’s hard to judge distance, and the roads we knew so well in the light now look so different we can become disoriented. When we want to see farther, past our distresses, it’s as if we’ve turned on the high beam lights and caused the visibility to worsen. We have all experienced fog in our lives - things that distort our perspective, cloud our judgment, change the direction of our life, or lead us away from our goals. When we focus too much on our troubles and seek to see far out past them, it’s like shining the bright lights on them, wanting to know how it all turns out, but obscuring our vision as we strain to see our way through the miles before us. In order to get where we’re going, we need to slow down, turn off the high beams, and take it turn by turn.
God wants to help us through the fog in our life. He wants us to trust him to guide us forward, mile by mile, helping us navigate the immediate twists and turns in the road along the way. He wants to reorient us and give us confidence that we are on the right road, helping us reach our final destination. Just like the role I played in placing the orchid in the right spot to grow, we must do our part in positioning ourselves close enough to God so that he is able to care for us when we find ourselves on a foggy journey. When we allow God's son, Jesus, to shine through the fog in our life, it will be lifted, our path will be made clearer, a colorful life will return, the clarity of our vision will be restored, and we will find our way Home.
Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for sitting beside me as I drive through the fog in my life. Help me trust you to show me the way when I feel lost and confused. And if the fog is so thick I can no longer see, let me give you the wheel so that you will bring me safely through. In your name, I pray. Amen.
Reflection: Do you feel like you are living in a fog? Be encouraged that the fog will not last forever. What signs of hope has God given you to cling to until the fog lifts? In what ways could you be a ray of hope for someone who is experiencing a fog in his or her life today? Try to make time each day to read the Bible and pray so that you are in the perfect spot for God to be able to nourish, guide, and help you grow.
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About the Book
My Walks with Remi is a book of devotions illustrated with stunning color images of nature taken during Cindy’s walks in California with her handsome and spirited Portuguese Water Dog, Remi. As Cindy’s first dog, Remi has taught her a lot, but walking in nature with Remi helped her be more aware of God’s presence. The majesty of the mountains, the sparkling blue Pacific Ocean, and the vibrant colors of the flowers that were in perpetual bloom opened her eyes to the inspiration God brought her as he seemed to whisper in her ear, “Look at that!”
In My Walks with Remi, Cindy shares the life lessons she felt God taught her through photos, reflections, and prayer, as they relate to the images she observed. With Scripture that spans both the Old and New Testaments, the devotions are a witness to how God still speaks to us today. They will uplift and encourage you as you are awakened to God’s presence in the beauty of nature in your life.
My Walks with Remi will delight your eyes and nourish your soul.
About the Author
Cindy Anderson has been involved in ministry her entire life. As an educator, Bible study leader, and art docent, Cindy enjoys helping people find meaning in what’s in front of them, whether a text, Bible passage, piece of art, or an image in nature. Cindy has a B.A. from Augustana College (IL) in Elementary and Secondary Education and French and a M.A. in French Language and Literature from Northern Illinois University. Her skill in analyzing French literature has translated into a talent for seeing images in nature and applying God’s life lessons to them. She invites her readers to look for God’s presence in the beauty found in everyday life. A native of St. Charles, IL, Cindy lived in Connecticut and Kansas before moving to Southern California. She is fortunate to be surrounded by God’s artistry and enjoys life with her husband, who is her college sweetheart, and her affectionate companion, Remi.