God in all things, Scenery

Darkness

This photo was taken on a flight out of Chicago earlier this year. If you look closely, you can see the top of Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) sticking up through the clouds.

A number of phrases come to mind: the tip of the iceberg, up to my eyes in (fill in the blank), struggling to keep my head above water, lost in a fog. It strikes me that all of these have a negative connotation. There is something inherently frightening about darkness and not be able to see.

There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the darkness will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed on the house tops. Luke 12:2-3

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God in all things, Scenery

Glory

The heavens declare the glory of God; the firmament proclaims the works of his hands. Day unto day pours forth speech; night unto night whispers knowledge. There is no speech, no words; their voice is not heard; A report goes forth through all the earth, their messages, to the ends of the world. He has pitched in them a tent for the sun; it comes forth like a bridegroom from his canopy, and like a hero joyfully runs its course. From one end of the heavens it comes forth; its course runs through to the other; nothing escapes its heat. Psalms 19:2-7

(Photo: Bozeman, Montana)

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Autumn

This photo was taken in early November.

It is evident that autumn is upon us, as evidenced by the change in color of the leaves. Fast forward less than two weeks and it feels like winter is upon us.

Just as winter is associated with dying and death, autumn can be associated with the aging process. Similar to the leaves changing color as winter approaches, my hair is rapidly becoming gray. Wrinkles are appearing.

The seasons also remind us of the circle of life. Summer fades into autumn as then to winter which eventually leads to spring and new life. I look around and see new life in my grand children.

God said “It is good”

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God Speaking

This is the third photo of the Grand Prismatic I have shared. Each was from a very different vantage point. As a result, each is a very different image and elicits different feelings.

Ingnatian discernment techniques can be very helpful in choosing between two (or more) seemingly good options. Suppose you are in your 60s (me) and thinking about retirement. Rather than simply listing the “pros and cons” of each option, one places themself in the future having made one decision and discerns whether that path gives a sense of joy. Then spend time thinking about having made the other decision.

Ignatius found that dreaming about fighting in battle and winning the heart of a lady was exciting but subsequently left him flat and feeling empty. When he dreamt about serving God, it left him feeling fulfilled and joyful. And though it was a difficult decision, he followed the path where he knew he was being led.

God often speaks to us in simply ways.

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Highlights

This photo was taken on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone at Inspiration Point. When I was first reviewing the pictures from this spot, I did not initially realize that the Lower Falls were in sight, because they are so far off in the distance. In fact, it is difficult to determine (from this photo) if the falls are on the same river as seen at the bottom of the canyon. We had just come from the Lower Falls, so I already knew they were. Not to mention the multiple maps showing the connection.

Even if we can’t easily connect all the points, the highlights clearly stand out. And while we often remember these as “God moments”, God is with us in the valleys too.

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God works in many ways

Mammoth Hot Springs is a very unique formation within Yellowstone national park. And it is formed as a result of the acidic water moving up through limestone. Limestone becomes dissolved in the water but is then deposited at the surface creating these unique shapes.

So many different thermal features all resulting from the same force – magma just underneath the ground.

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