God in all things, Photography, Scenery, Travel

Getting There

I remember this day very well (unlike many vacation days which become a blur with time). Our cruise ship arrived at port in St Thomas before we were up. We took a taxi from the Cruise ship port to the ferry port on the other side of the island. We then took the ferry over to Cruz Bay, on St. John Island. This is a photo overlooking Cruz Bay. Our travels were far from over as we had to take a taxi to the other side of St. John where we were planning to hike in the National Park. At the end of the day, we did the reverse- taxi/ferry/taxi. I think we spent a total of about five hours traveling back-and-forth and about three hours hiking. However, I can truthfully say that getting there (and back) was half the fun.

And so should our walk with God be!

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The Stalks

This is a photo of a banana tree in Panama. Which is really just a plant and not a tree. What looks like a trunk is really a “pseudostem” which grows from a “corm” in the ground. The leaves of banana plants are composed of a stalk and a blade. The pseudostem is made up of tightly packed leaf stalks.

When a banana plant is mature, the corm stops producing new leaves and begins to form a flower spike. The female flowers appear in rows further up the stem from the rows of male flowers and will develop into fruit.

So I wonder – if Jesus was born in Panama, would he have said “I am the corm and you are the stalks?” Doesn’t have quite the same vibe as vine and branches, does it?

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Raindrops

This photo was taken after a morning rain shower in Panama. I like how the rain drops stand out on the flowers. It is a beautiful image that reminds me rain/water is life-sustaining.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”

Isaiah 55:8-11

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Encircled

This is another photo from Panama. This is actually one tree growing around another tree. I think the outer tree is a Strangler Fig (Ficus aurea). From Wikipedia: Ficus aurea is a fast-growing tree. It germinates in the canopy of a host tree and begins life as an epiphyte before growing roots down to the ground. The roots fuse and encircle the host tree. This usually results in the death of the host tree, since it effectively girdles the tree. 

I’m tempted to use this as a metaphor for our spiritual life. In that God wraps us up and takes over our lives. But only to the degree that we let God take over. And it does not result in our death, but abundant life!

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