reflection

Change

How quickly things can change!

I remember walking by this flower bed on Wednesday and there were no flowers blooming yet. On Thursday, I was surprised to see multiple flowers blooming and took the first picture. Friday, it seemed like all the buds had opened.

In life, sometimes we embrace change and sometimes we resist it. But we can’t avoid it.

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reflection, Scenery

The Cacti

This was another photo taken on our hike to Ram Head on St John Island. We saw more of these cacti, Turk’s Cap (Melocactus intortus), than I could count. We understand that we were about a week early to see them bloom. The flowers are supposedly edible. We talked to some other hikers who had been on the island for awhile and said the red “heads” had appeared in the past week.

This illustrates a common occurrence in life. We can be happy for that which we have and experience, or we can focus on/ long for that which is “missing” or out of our reach.

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reflection

What do you call it?

The tree is this photo is native to Malaysia and Australia. It has been introduced throughout the tropics, and in Jamaica it is known simply as “Jamaican apple” or the more common Otaheite apple. There are a number of English common names – the Malay apple, Malay rose apple, mountain apple, rose apple, Otaheite apple, pink satin-ash and pommerac. In Jamaica, it is commonly eaten freshly picked from the tree. But it is often used to make a refreshing apple drink (often with ginger added). Other times the otaheite apple is stewed with brown sugar and ginger, which makes a very nice sauce that is sometime serve with ice cream as a dessert.

I call my reflections “Seeing God in All Things” and talk about experiencing God visually, but there are many other experiences that are God moments. Maybe you understand something clearly for the first time – an “aha” moment. Sometimes, they are experienced as an overwhelming sense of peace, awe, or joy. Whatever you call it, recognize it as God’s presence.

Reflection from seeinggodinallthings.com

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reflection

Knowledge

This was the first time (and last time) I ever saw a flower that looked anything like this. The photo was taken during our visit to the Chicago Botanic Garden 2 years ago. It took a little effort (actually, not that much) to find the name of the flower – Passion Flower ‘Inspiration’ (Passiflora inspiration).

It continues to amaze me how much information we have available to us through the internet. Even more amazing- knowledge of God’s Word.

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reflection

Exotic

Another thing that I enjoy in Jamaica is the variety of flowers. This is a photo of Alpinia purpurata (Red Ginger Flower). One of the words that comes to my mind when I see these flowers is “exotic.” Which then makes me wonder, what qualifies as exotic? The common definition is “characteristic of a distant foreign country.” So I guess it would be considered exotic in Ohio but maybe not in Jamaica?

For some reason, this brings to mind the many parables and comparisons that Jesus makes to “the kingdom of God.” Jesus compares something “exotic” to something familiar.

“What is the kingdom of God like, and to what shall I compare it? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and threw into his own garden; and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches.” Luke 13:18-19

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