God in all things, Photography, Scenery, Travel

Seasons

This is a photo from Glacier National Park from September 3 years ago. I enjoy seeing photos from the park on their Facebook page. Sometimes, it brings back fond memories. Other times, I’m struck by how different the park looks at different times of the year. In different seasons.

I’ve only recently come to recognize our lives as having seasons. With children who are now adults and grand children who are growing up quickly, the cycle of renewal has become much more obvious to me. How fitting that we have been described s as God’s vineyard.

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Trust

This photo is from our trip to Glacier NP 3 years ago. This was on the Ptarmigan trail. Like most hikers, we were willing to follow the trail with only a vague idea of where it was heading. This particular trail heads to a tunnel which you cannot see until you are practically just a few yards from it. Despite not being able to see exactly where the tunnel was, we were confident we would make it to the other side of the ridge.

And so it is with our walk with God. We need to trust that the “tunnels“ will be exactly where we need them.

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Puzzle

This photo was taken in 2017 at Glacier National Park. As a disclaimer, we were not as close as this picture might suggest and there was a row of trees between us and the moose.

I thought of this photo because my wife and I are currently working on a puzzle that is in the shape of a moose. It’s challenging because the pieces have very irregular shapes.

Right now, my life feels a little bit like a puzzle with irregular shapes. It’s challenging because everything is so different from the routine. Taking the same approach to life and the puzzle – one piece at a time!

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Anticipation

This photo was taken from the train as we were approaching Glacier NP. I remember my anticipation of seeing the many sights we had been reading about. This view confirmed that we were about to see something very special.

The Israelites were looking forward to the promised land. Yet only Joshua and one other scout returned with a favorable report about the land. The others did not trust what God had promised.

How often do we ignore what is right in front of because we focus on the unknown?

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Blessings

This a photo of Virginia Falls, also from Glacier NP 2 years ago. I’m not sure why, but waterfalls make me think of God’s blessings. I guess because we sometimes speak of God’s blessings being poured out for us.

I found many definitions for “blessing,” but the ones I have in mind are “God’s favor” and “something that brings well-being.” Blessings impact our lives, in a positive way. Just as waterfalls can be dramatic or more subtle and inconspicuous, so can blessings. Waterfalls change the terrain (over a long period of time); blessings change our lives, sometimes it takes a long time to recognize these changes.

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Mountains

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.

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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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Fear

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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