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I am surprised that I had not previously shared this photo. It was taken 2 years ago in Glacier NP on our hike to Siyeh Pass. There are so many things I like in this view. The wild flowers in the foreground. The spindly pine trees on the right. The creek running through the middle. But what really draws my attention is the mountain in the distance.

Mountains are a symbol of strength. We talk about “mountaintop” experiences. God spoke to Moses on a mountain. Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount.

Thankfully, we do not have to climb a mountain to encounter God.


It was Good

I like this photo for several reasons. I remember this day of hiking at Glacier National Park very well. We saw a number of bighorn sheep that day as we hiked to Grenell glacier and back. It was amazing to watch them walk and run along the mountainside. We heard that we just missed a couple of young rams butting heads. Maybe this was one of them.

I love the detail visible in this photo. He was close, but not really as close as you would guess – this was taken with a telephoto lens. The horns fascinate me, the way you can see the ridges so clearly. There may even be a couple of rings closer to his head; these mark the years of his life.

I think what I like best is the way he seems to be sticking his tongue out. Like he is taunting us, “you can’t catch me!”

God made every kind of wild animal, every kind of tame animal, and every kind of thing that crawls on the ground. God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:25.

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This was our first day of hiking at Glacier NP. As such, this was first of many chipmunks we saw. I am certain that chipmunks avoid larger animals as a part of self-preservation. I don’t know if they experience fear or if it is a simple “fight or flight” response.

I have noticed that as I get older, I am a little less fearless. I wouldn’t call it irrational fear, but I am definitely more aware of the risk of injury than when I was younger. Things like climbing ladders. Riding skateboards. Walking down steps with my arms full (ok, that one might be irrational).

I know I also avoid confrontation. Which means there are many subjects hard to discuss. We no longer seem to be interested in searching for common ground or what we can agree on or even able to agree to disagree.

The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is my life’s refuge, of whom should I be afraid? Psalm 27:1

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Highs and Lows

This is a photo of St Mary Lake and Wild Goose Island in Glacier NP which sit at an elevation of 4,484 ft. In the distance (just right of center), you can see the point of Gunsight Mountain peak (9,258 ft). Citadel Maointain (9,035 ft) is just to the left, and Little Chief Mountain (9,541 feet) a little further left.

One of the most striking features of the views in Glacier NP is the dramatic contrast between the mountains and valleys. It is an old cliche, but it is hard to appreciate the highs without the lows in life.

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Looking Back

This photo was taken towards the end of a long and memorable day of hiking at Glacier NP. The jagged ridge (arête) seen near the center of the photo is the result of parallel glaciers many years ago. A ridge we climbed to the top of for an overlooking view of Grinnell Glacier. It looks a lot different from where this photo was taken as compared to halfway up the trail to the top!

For me, this is a great reminder of the value of reflecting at the end of the day. Very often, events take on more or a different meaning when we recall our day after allowing some time to pass.

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God in Everything

As I was driving home from Columbus yesterday, I was listening to the radio. I realized that the artist (TobyMac) was singing about seeing God in everything. In fact, that is the name of the song (Everything).

Here are part of the lyrics:

“I see You in everything, all day

And every beat of my heart keeps reminding me

I see You in every little thing, all day

No matter where I go I know Your love is finding me

I see You in everything”

(Photo of Middle Fork Flathead River, just outside Glacier NP)



This was another photo taken at Glacier NP. It was a surreal moment; there were quite a few people standing at the edge of the lake, watching and taking pictures of this moose in the water. It almost felt being at the zoo.

Sometimes these moments can be wonderful, sometimes awful. Almost always memorable. What makes something memorable? As someone who struggles to remember names, but can remember silly trivia, I wish I had a better understanding of the process of remembering.

I’m sure I’m not the only person who struggles to remember something, and can only remember it when I stop trying to remember it. (Not very helpful on tests.)

Thankfully, God remembers. He knows us and calls us by name.