God in all things, Scenery

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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God’s Palette

This photo was taken at the Artists Paint Pots in Yellowstone. These are a group of hot springs and mudpots. Mudpots have no direct connection to underground water but steam and hydrogen sulfide gas bubble through the ground. Microorganisms breakdown the underlying rock, which produces the “mud.” Minerals in the rock contribute to the various colors seen.

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Peace

For various reasons, the word that comes to mind when I look at this photo is “peaceful.” I realized long ago that being near the ocean or other large body of water gave me a feeling of peace. The sun and mild breeze add to the peaceful feeling. Peace is so much more than the absence of conflict (worldly peace).

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.

John 14:27

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What’s in a name?

This is a photo of the Yellowstone River, taken from the top of the lower falls. That mist at the bottom of the photo is coming from the falls. The name, Yellowstone, was from the Hidatsa name which was translated as Yellow Rock River. It is not certain what the origin of this name was but it seems possible that it is related to the color of the rock in the Grand Canyon as seen in this photo.

God is identified as “Yahweh” in the Bible, usually translated as “LORD” in English. Yahweh is actually pronunciation of the Hebrew for “I am.” A simple name with deep meaning. God is and was and always will be. The source of all that exists. Even yellow rock.

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Perspective

This is a photo from the second time we visited the Grand Prismatic Spring. Quite a different view compared to our first visit 2 days earlier. The first day we were there, it was cold and drizzly. It was hard to see much of the water because there was so much steam rising. And with very little sun, the predominant color was grey. (Is grey a color?) The second visit, there was much less visible stream rising and the contrast in colors was striking.

I’m sure we have all had the experience of not “seeing” what if right before us the first time we encounter it. There are many instances in the New Testament that refer to individuals being prevented from seeing (understanding) what was happening. For me, this is another way to think about “perspective.”

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God with us

This was a view from near the top of amount Washburn in Yellowstone. The Grand Canyon is seen crossing in the center of the photo with Yellowstone Lake behind it. In the distance, you can see the mountains where the Yellowstone River begins. It was literally breathtaking, but some of that may have been due to the hike to over 10,000 feet.

It’s an incredible feeling, having such a vantage point. Very different than what you would see from an airplane. In fact, we flew directly over Yellowstone as we were traveling home. From far away, such on a plane, everything looks very two dimensional.

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