God in all things, Photography, Scenery, Travel

Seeing

This is a photo from the Coal Vein Trail in Theodore Roosevelt NP. In this area there was a 12-foot-thick coal vein deep underground. In 1951 it caught fire and burned for 26 years. As it burned away, the rocks above were left unsupported and the surface collapsed, forming a depression. When the underground coal fire was burning, this area looked more like a wasteland than a grassland. After the fire burned out, prairie plants reclaimed the land slowly over time.

What does it mean to see as God see? Looking at a burned out field and seeing verdant green.

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Choices

As we were finishing a short hike at Theodore Roosevelt NP, a couple standing at the parking area asked us if we realized we were being followed by a bison. We turned around and saw this guy not far behind us. We climbed a small hill and watched him walk by.

There continues to be stories in the news of people who think it’s OK to walk up to these animals and wind up being injured by them. And I do admit that they seem very mild manner when you see them walking by like this. However, I’m never tempted to get close to one. So what leads to the tragic error in judgment for those who wind up in the news?

I’m currently reading a book, The Whole Language by Gregory Boyle (Homeboy Industries). In it, he talks about the sad choices former gang members had made. Often his message is don’t judge but rather try to understand why choices are made. I often say “there but for the Grace of God go I”. I realize I have made plenty of bad choices without ever finding myself in a hopeless situation. If we are to learn to love others as God does, we need to stop seeing others as different than ourselves.

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A Prophet Among Us?

This is a photo of a prairie dog town in Theodore Roosevelt NP. Prairie dogs are very social animals; they live in large colonies or towns that can span hundreds of acres. They can detect predators from a great distance and alerts other prairie dogs with a special, high-pitched call.

I could see myself as a prairie dog. People are also social animals that generally live in large towns. I just need to work on my call for warning others.

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Splendor

Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, bless his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Tell his glory among the nations; among all peoples, his marvelous deeds. For great is the Lord and highly to be praised, to be feared above all gods. For the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and power go before him; power and grandeur are in his holy place. Psalms‬ ‭96:1-6

(Photo: Boicourt Trail, Theodore Roosevelt NP)

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Power

We encountered these wild (feral) horses shortly after entering the Theodore Roosevelt NP, driving on the South Unit Scenic Loop Road. These horses, also known as mustangs, convey an image of power. Hence the use of the term horsepower for engines and Mustang for a type of car and plane.

The Bible is filled with references to God’s power. It is more than an image.

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Longing

This photo was taken during the Maah Daah Hey Trail run in July. It was hot – very hot. As you can see, there were a few trees but almost none provide shade for the trail. This lake was just over 8 miles into the run. Combine this with the fact that the first aid station was not until after mile 10 and you can understand why I was longing for cool water.

As the deer longs for streams of water, so my soul longs for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, the living God. Psalms‬ ‭42:2-3

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Long Time

This photo was taken just south of Medora on the Maah Daah Hey Trail which is a 144-mile single track trail that winds through the Little Missouri National Grasslands.The trail extends through the South Unit almost to the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt NP.

Maah Daah Hey is a phrase from the Mandan Indians meaning “will be around for a long time.” That’s an interesting concept, a “long time.” We are told that to God, 1000 years are as a day (2 Peter 3:8). I can’t imagine what would seem a long time to God.

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Layers

This is the Painted Canyon area in Theodore Roosevelt NP. There is a very nice visitor center there which is just off the highway. The colors are not easy to appreciate in this photo, taken early in the morning. Aside from the vegetation (green), the color is largely a result of different minerals in the rock layers.

Life is not one continuous event; it occurs in “layers.” At the time, these periods may be challenging because change is difficult. But there is also joy to be found (with God as your light).

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Thrive

We saw this horse near the end of our first day of hiking at Theodore Roosevelt NP. There are a number of wild horses in the park. Actually, the correct term is feral horses. Feral horses are descended from domestic horses that strayed, escaped, or were deliberately released into the wild and remained to survive and reproduce there. (Wikipedia)

Something about that definition catches my attention – remaining in the wild to survive. As I reflect on my life, there are definitely times that I was “in the wild,” just surviving. How much better to welcome God’s care and thrive!

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