God in all things, Photography, Scenery, Travel

Truth

It is often said that perception is reality. Without a doubt, we each perceive the world in a way that fits with our own “reality”. There a number of ways to “see” this photo. Is the lake half hidden or half visible? Is the sky mostly cloudy or is there some blue sky peeking through? Are the leaves starting to change or is there not much color yet? These are not mutually exclusive, but speak to a particular “view”.

Which is not that same as saying that whatever you believe must be true. Truth is not relative or changing. There is only one source of truth.

(Photo: Eagle Lake, Acadia NP)

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Extra Effort

On our first full day at Acadia NP, we hiked the Gorham Mountain Loop. At one point, you come to a an intersecting trail with the option to do a short out and back to a small lake. Fortunately, it was a fairly short distance, otherwise I’m not sure any of us would have thought it was worth the extra effort to see something called “The Bowl”.

Actually, it is interesting that I use the description of “extra effort” because it was only 0.2 miles and about 60 feet elevation gain. So really, not much extra effort (we hiked about 6 miles that day). But it really wasn’t one of our “things to see” that day, and that definitely changes our perspective. Thankfully, we had at least a little bit of an adventurous spirit so we did make the “extra effort”. As it is said, life happens when you least expect it.

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Outstanding

This photo was taken at Lily Lake, near Estes Park, CO. I’m drawn to this elk, who seems to be outstanding in his field. Someone who is outstanding in their field is often used to refer to someone who has a particular area of excellence. However, it could be someone who is clueless to what is going on around them. Ironically, it can mean both at the same time.

I’ve come to learn how strengths can be weaknesses and visa versa. The Apostle Paul writes again and again in his letters that he will only boast of his weaknesses – because that is where God shines through.

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Reflecting

Reflecting on reflecting…

I recently heard an interview with Matt Maher the singer and he talked about serving God when he writes music and sings. He was paraphrasing a quote from Eric Liddell in the movie Chariots of Fire: “When I run, I feel His (God’s) pleasure.”

This seems like yet another way to see God in all things: in our actions and the actions of others.

(Photo: Reflection Lake, Mt Rainier)

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Peace

Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians‬ ‭4:6-8‬ ‭

(Photo: Lake Josephine, Glacier NP)

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Waiting

I was hiking at the Bergamo retreat center last week and came out of the tress to overlooking this open area. It isn’t that easy to see in the photo, but there was a deer in field (just right of center). I was pleasantly surprised to see the deer.

I read a quote from Simone Weil (1909-1943) last week: “We do not obtain the most precious gifts by going in search of them but by waiting for them.” There is another saying that is the flip side of being pleasantly surprised. “Be careful what you ask for.”

The bottom line is that we often don’t recognize what we truly want (or are asking for).

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Threshold

Better one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere. Better the threshold of the house of my God than a home in the tents of the wicked. For a sun and shield is the Lord God, bestowing all grace and glory. The Lord withholds no good thing from those who walk without reproach. O Lord of hosts, blessed the one who trusts in you! Psalm 84:10-12

(Bear Lake and Nymph Lake, RMNP)

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