God in all things, Photography, Scenery, Travel

Detours

This photo was taken on our Lower Calf Creek Falls hike. It may not be obvious, but there is a pile of large rocks right where the trail used to be. Of course, hikers have made a new trail around rocks now, but it is clear that sometime in the not so distant past, the trail would been a very dangerous place to be standing.

As we follow the path God has placed in front of us, let us be thankful for the “detours” we encounter. They are there for a good reason!

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Paradoxical

On the fourth day of our Utah trip, we drove through the Escalante-Grand Staircase National Monument. We decided to do the hike to the Lower Calf Creek Falls. The falls were certainly beautiful, but this little pond was an unexpected bonus.

It was well after sunrise, but we were in enough of a valley that the water was mostly in shadows. It looked completely different as we hiked back from the falls. More (direct) light resulted in seeing less color. Quite a paradox.

In the Gospels, we are given many paradoxical statements about the Kingdom of God. It is like a mustard seed; it is like yeast. It is like a treasure hidden in a field or a fine pearl. It belongs to the little children. It is in our midst.

The kingdom of heaven is beyond our understanding, yet an everyday experience!

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Stillness

This may not be the greatest quality photo, but it is good enough to give an idea of the incredible view of the stars at Bryce Canyon after sunset. In fact, the park is designated as a Dark Sky Park by the International Dark-Sky Association. In the absence of background noise (city lights), the Milky Way becomes plainly visible.

In a similar way, our routine day-to-day lives are filled with “noise.” How can we God among all the hustle and bustle? One way is to set aside time to be quiet and listen. “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalms 46:10

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Paths

This is a photo at Bryce Canyon at the end of the day. I love the view of the winding trail from this vantage point. Why does the path weave so back and forth? Sometimes it is to go around obstacles. Other times it is to make it easier to go up a steep hill. And sometimes it’s to purposely take you out of the way to see a view you would not have otherwise had.

Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Psalms 25:4

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Openings

This is another photo from Bryce. The trail wound back and forth, around the hoodoos. Occasionally the trail actually went through the rock. Sometimes you could see the opening ahead; other times you rounded a corner and there it was!

In life, it often seems like we need to avoid or “overcome” obstacles. Now and then, God places a “opening” where we most need it.

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God working

Bryce Canyon is technically not a canyon because it was not formed by erosion from a central river/stream. Instead, it was formed by surface erosion which resulted in a series of large amphitheaters. The largest is Bryce Amphitheater, shown in this photo. It is 12 miles long, 3 miles wide and 800 feet deep. (Info from Wikipedia)

I never had any interest in learning about Bryce until I had been there. Our experiences shape our lives, probably much more than we realize and in ways that we do not always understand. Or necessarily appreciate.

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