vanish: letting go of our cares and concerns

November comes in shyly, concealing its icy depths in a cloak of mist. Many days are washed in vapour, made mysterious by the hiddenness of things, the way the familiar can vanish in an instant.

Reducing, darkening daylight hours make us yearn for the light, seek colour and warmth and savour each tiny bit of golden, autumnal glory while we can.

Maybe we could view this concealment as invitation to turn away for a while from the allure of the world around us. To let go of our cares and concerns, and begin to mimic these chillier days by being still and rested in our souls.

Vapour in the mist

Sky shades to silver as a veil of grey
falls like a leaden blanket, allowing
mere slivers of azure blue hues to
filter through

This pale, dove-grey covering conceals sun’s
heat with filmy rays, and invites us to
come aside from busyness and rest
here instead

So we pause a while, breathe a little freer
as we let loose constraints of the day
and watch worries vanish as vapour
in the mist


When skies shade to grey and our emotions are tempted to follow suit, help us instead to focus on your bright, shining Light that is always with us. May we see mellow, misty moments in these darkening days as an invitation to come aside, breathe, pause and pray, trusting that all our cares and concerns are safe in your hands.

May we reflect on the colour and vibrancy that surrounds us. Give us eyes open to receive and  hearts able to appreciate the onset of winter, sensing awe and wonder in the stark beauty it brings to everything.

Fill our souls with gratitude for the gifts to be found in each season of life and faith.  And remind us how one season will slowly segue into another, eventually vanish from our memories, until it returns in its own form of splendour, with joys we hadn’t anticipated.


11 thoughts on “vanish: letting go of our cares and concerns

  1. “…come aside from busyness and rest…” Oh, how I need to remember to do that. It’s easy to let busyness crowd out times of rest, but the rest is so important. Thank you for reminding me of that. It’s always refreshing to come to your blog and read your words, dear Joy. They are a balm.

    Blessings love and hugs to you, dear sister/poet/friend! xoxo

    • Gayl, I think God gives me this topic fairly frequently because I need constant reminders as well! Those who live with chronic illness inevitably exist in a boom and bust scenario, running high while there is a scrap of energy to be had and quickly losing it when we overextend ourselves. Despite the constraints my health challenges place on my days, I’m not always as good at resting as I should be. Thank you so much for your lovely, generous comment! I’m really pleased to hear you feel refreshed by the words I share and find them a balm for your soul. That’s why we write, isn’t it? To be a source of hope, encouragement, inspiration and refreshment to others. If we can manage even one of those things by God’s grace, then it serves as motivation, affirmation and encouragement to carry on! Blessings, love and hugs returned to you, dear friend. xoxo

    • Dear Michael, oh how often the skies seem to mirror our moods our speak out like our situations! Or maybe we simply perceive it as such because we look up and inevitably link our emotions to what we see. Your walk has been arduous of late, heavy on heart and soul. I do hope and pray you will not only be sustained but also become replenished, refreshed and restored somehow in the midst of this weariness. Prayers are continuing for your welfare and that of the family. Bless you, Brother. ❤

  2. Dear Joy,
    Thank you for sharing these soft flowing words today! My heart cries out along with you in this prayer: “May we see mellow, misty moments in these darkening days as an invitation to come aside, breathe, pause and pray” It is so easy to let that gray mist descend as a fog over my heart, instead of seeing it as His opportunity to be still. Thank you for this precious reminder. I needed these words today, Dear Friend! Hugs and Love to you! xoxo

    • Dear Bettie, it is a constant battle, isn’t it? Darkness seems so tangible sometimes, as it seeps into our souls. We require holy deliberation and determination to seek out the Light, while resisting soul heaviness. Thinking of you as you mourn your loved one. This is a season when we all do to some extent, with remembrance of the fallen fighting forces in past wars, and those fighting still to secure freedom and overcome oppression. Peace and rest can seem a long way off. Praise God for giving us peace in our hearts during turmoil and rest for our souls when weary or full of pain! Love and hugs to you, sweet friend. xoxo

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