God in all things, Photography, Scenery, Travel

An Imperfect World

This is the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone. When we were there, we saw the spring from multiple different views on two different days. This was the first day we saw it; it was a very cloudy and drizzly day. As a result, it was hard to get a really good view of the spring. We went back 2 days later on a much clearer (and warmer) day. What a difference in the views! That said, the views were still amazing this first day.

So what would my impression of the Grand Prismatic Spring have been if I had only seen it the first day? Disappointment? How often are we disappointed because something is not “perfect”? How do we even know what is perfect?

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Standing Out

This is a photo of Mt Rainier from our trip 4 years ago. The mountain certainly makes for a striking image. One reason is that the peak is so much higher than the surrounding area. As I understand it, this is expressed as the topographic prominence which is over 13,000 ft for Mt Rainier (most in the contiguous US).

We are called to stand out. To be a city on a hill. How? Through our love. Love of God, love of neighbor.

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The Path

This photo was taken at Capitol Reef National Park on the Cohab Canyon Fruita Overlook Trail. I almost laughed when I came over a small ridge and saw the path going ahead. You don’t usually see it so well marked out on a rocky surface. More often, all you have is a single cairn as seen in the lower left.

Similarly, there are times in our lives when the right decision seems clearly “marked” and other times more trust is required that we are following the right “path.”

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Seasons

This photo was taken in December on my third visit to these falls in 6 months. There was a striking difference in the water between the visits. In the summer, there was lots of water which was very clear. In the fall, there was almost no water flowing over the falls. The third visit found plenty of water, but it was very muddy.

I find these changes to be a metaphor for the ups and downs we experience in life. Water can represent so many different things: joy, peace, love, hope to name a few. It is important to recognize that in the “seasons” of life, each of these will be available in different ways and varied amounts.

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Our Heart’s Desires

This is a photo of an unnamed slot canyon near Las Cruces New Mexico. We found it by quite a coincidence. We had decided to visit a winery after we finished hiking on the last full day of our trip. In talking to one of the owners of the winery, she asked if we had hiked the nearby slot canyon. Turns out it was only about a five minute drive away so we went there because we had been hoping to find a slot Canyon to hike and all of the ones we had found were either further than we wanted to drive or too difficult (or both).

Often, what we most desire is exactly what God also desires. Unfortunately, we often want it right here right now. Fortunately, with God it’s going to be “right place right time.”

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Imagination

This photo was taken near Las Cruces, New Mexico. The clouds were astounding throughout the day. So many different patterns; I looked across here and saw waves crashing on the beach.

God has given us a wonderful and powerful gift of imagination. One way to use this gift is imaginative prayer, where you picture yourself in a scene from the Bible. This Lent would be an excellent time to practice this form of prayer

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