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Patiently Waiting

Photography has changed considerably since the advent of digital pictures. One of the big changes is the number of pictures that we take now. Another is being able to see the photo immediately after taking it.

I took this photo this past Thursday afternoon at Sweet Arrow. I was just snapping a few quick pics “on the run” and as I took this pic, a butterfly flew right in front of me. I was sure it was in my picture but had no idea where in the picture or whether it was even focus. I really didn’t want to stop to try to look at the picture then, but was anxious to see it as soon as I got home. (Disclaimer: photo has been cropped.)

This experience made me realize how much we (I) look for instant gratification. Which is certainly not God’s way. God’s way is definitely more of “when the time is right.” I prayer that I can more patiently wait on God.

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Exotic

Another thing that I enjoy in Jamaica is the variety of flowers. This is a photo of Alpinia purpurata (Red Ginger Flower). One of the words that comes to my mind when I see these flowers is “exotic.” Which then makes me wonder, what qualifies as exotic? The common definition is “characteristic of a distant foreign country.” So I guess it would be considered exotic in Ohio but maybe not in Jamaica?

For some reason, this brings to mind the many parables and comparisons that Jesus makes to “the kingdom of God.” Jesus compares something “exotic” to something familiar.

“What is the kingdom of God like, and to what shall I compare it? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and threw into his own garden; and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches.” Luke 13:18-19

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This is Not Our Home

This photo was taken in Jamaica at Galina Breeze looking out over the sea on the night we arrived. Things can look so different at night. In large part, because we do not see in color at night. But there also a drop in depth perception. Yet another example of things looking different from different perspectives.

There is a current song by Laura Story that speaks to viewing things in our lives from a different perspective. I think the lyrics are very powerful:

What if your blessings come through raindrops?

What if Your healing comes through tears?

What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near?

What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise?

We pray for wisdom

Your voice to hear

We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near

We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love

As if every promise from Your Word is not enough

All the while, You hear each desperate plea

And long that we’d have faith to believe

When friends betray us

When darkness seems to win

We know that pain reminds this heart

That this is not our home

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Sweeter than Honey

One of the things I enjoy most in Jamaica (other than the people) is the food, especially the fruit. We were given a “garden” tour last week, and I took this picture of mangos on the tree. Mangos are probably my favorite fruit; almost sweeter than honey.

How sweet are your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Psalm 119:103

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Early Waking

God woke me early this morning, so I headed down to the water at the hotel where our group stays in Jamaica. It has been cloudy every morning, so there wasn’t much to see at sunrise most days. Today, however, was nothing short of spectacular.

Our group reflection at the beginning of the week was about encountering God. Today’s sunrise was a great example of the ways God “meets” us.

The Divine seeks us, desires us, and waits for the opportunity to meet us. Fortunately for us, God meets us where we are and in ways we are able to perceive the encounter. (Vinita Hampton Wright)

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