Sunday, November 10, 2019

Clarity in the Fog

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

“But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?
Job 12:7-9 ESV

Most of you know that beyond writing, photography is my second love. It's been amazing to spend time really looking at the world around me and I've been blessed by the spiritual lessons God has taught me through this endeavor.

I've begun sharing my photographs and these insights on social media, but I wanted to also post one of them here. 

Foggy Clarity
One of my favorite conditions for sunrise photography is cloudy and foggy. I know that seems odd—one would think the ideal condition would be sunny. But so often the beauty of a setting is enhanced by less than perfect circumstances. 

I’ve found that true in life as well. Perfect settings and ideal circumstances make me lazy. But stormy times can bring out beauty I don’t even suspect is there. Stress makes me rely more fully on God. Challenges force me to grow and become more Christ-like. And all of the struggles make me appreciate all the beautiful people and circumstances surrounding me.

So next time the clouds roll in, look for the opportunity to experience the beauty of life in an unexpected way.

Clarity in the Fog - @EdieMelson (Click to Tweet)

Edie Melson is a woman of faith with ink-stained fingers exploring life through the lens of her camera. She’s been known to quip that she’s creative out of self-defense. Not a surprise since she’s the daughter of an artist-mother and musician-turned-photographer-father, and admits she’d have been a disgrace if she hadn’t been true to her own creativity. Her award-winning images—just like the books she authors—challenge her audience to examine life from a different angle. As a popular speaker, she’s encouraged and equipped audiences across the country and around the world,. She lives in the upstate of South Carolina and can either found with her typewriter or wandering the mountains with her husband, a dog, and favorite camera.


  1. God’s always teaching us something, isn’t He, and yep He uses adversity as a refining tool for sure. Often, “What are you trying to teach me, Lord?” has been the fastest way out of the valley.
    Great picture, Edie. Lots of interesting choices on how to crop this photo. I love the streams of fog running criss-cross through the valleys. :)

  2. Fog speaks to me, too, Edie. Its ethereal translucence hovers above the ground, the water, the road in a similar way, I imagine, as the saints and angels and God Himself hover close, oh-so-close, to us. We can see fog but cannot touch it; we feel its dampness on our skin and its lullaby on our soul. It hushes our hearts and hollows our hardness.
    Thank you for sharing your photo, which to me, shows the pattern God patiently follows nestling in the crevices and creases of our hearts, kissing us softly with His love, never forcing love upon us.