God in all things, Photography, Prayer, Scenery, Travel

Following Closely

This photo was taken shortly after the start of the Creede 50k. If you look closely, you will notice that everyone in the photo is walking. That is because this was a fairly steep hill, even though it may not look that way in the photo.

Before I started running trails regularly, I thought it was important to run even the uphill portions of a race. That wasn’t even possible (at least for most of us) on this course. But even on a course less difficult than Creede, it is inefficient to try to run all the uphill stretches. Holding back on the difficult climbs actually leads to running a faster overall time.

I came across the following challenge recently: “What area of your life do you need to leave behind in order to follow God more closely?” At first, I thought of only “bad“ or negative things to leave behind. But I have come to realize, as with running, there are things which may seem good but are counterproductive and hold us back.

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Unexpected

This is a photo of the Rio Grande River, taken during the drive to Creede, Colorado to run the 50k. The fog over the river was striking. I’ve seen this fog over water many times before, but don’t remember driving beside the fog for such a long stretch.

It takes a specific combination of circumstances to produce fog in this pattern. It also takes a specific combination of circumstances to produce a rainbow. Both are predictable, to some degree. Predictable and yet often seen unexpectedly. Blessings are often like that – predictable but often unexpected.

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Colorado River

I am the Lord your God, who teaches you for your own good, who leads you in the way you should go. O that you had paid attention to my commandments! Then your prosperity would have been like a river, and your success like the waves of the sea; your offspring would have been like the sand, and your descendants like its grains. Isaiah 48:17-19

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Resolutions

Great Sand Dunes NP

With the New Year, many people make resolutions. Often, they are based on spur of the moment choices. Not surprisingly, many people have already broken their New Year’s resolutions by the end of January.

A few years ago, my wife and I resolved to visit as many National Parks as we could. As we reflected on our experiences hiking in Grand Canyon and Yosemite, we realized this was the type of trip we really enjoyed. Great Sand Dunes was the 7th National Park we visited last year.

The best decisions are usually made after serious reflection.

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