God in all things, Photography, Prayer, Scenery, Travel

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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Joy

Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness. Come before God, singing for joy. Know that the Lord is God, who made us, to whom we belong. We are God’s people, the sheep of God’s flock. Enter the temple gates with thanksgiving and its courts with songs of praise. Give thanks and bless God’s name. Psalm 100:1-4

(Lily Lake, Estes Park Colorado)

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Remnants

This is a photo of Lake Haiyaha in Rocky Mountain NP. Notice the color of the water. I think this due to the remnants of glacier run off. Thousands of years ago there many large glaciers in RMNP, but all that remains now are a few cirque glaciers which are the remnants of much the larger valley glaciers. Other remnants of glacier can be seen throughout RMNP, including Moraine Park and Glacier Basin.

In a similar way, each of has had remarkable events in our lives that have long lasting effects. Daily reflection helps us keep these events in proper perspective.

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Truth

What was the first thing you noticed about the photo? Probably not that it was upside down. The reflection in the water (Gem Lake in RMNP) is so clear that it looks more “real” than the actual rock and trees.

We learn to rely on what we “see”, but our expectations sometimes allow us to be deceived. There is one absolute Truth in our lives.

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How the Wind Blows

When you look at the water in this photo, you might guess this is a stream or river. It is actually Dream Lake in Rocky Mountain NP. The ripples in the water are from the wind. I’ve written about the wind before, how you can easily see the effect of the wind though you can actually see the wind.

This seems like a great reminder that life can be easily misunderstood. Causes are more often theory than proven fact. In a similar way, intent is often judged by end result which may or may not be accurate.

In the current time, when we are a people so divided, make a goal to follow the principle of presupposition. Namely, we should be eager to put a good interpretation on someone’s statement rather than condemn it.

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Standing out

Bear Lake, RMNP

What draws your attention in this photo? The blue sky? The reflection in the water? For me, it is the notch in the distant hill. I’m not sure why, but maybe because it seems to disrupt the otherwise smooth lines in the scenery. Things that blend in, by definition, do not attract attention.

We may not want the attention, but there are times we are called to stand out. To be a a lamp on stand; city on the hill.

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Stabilizing

This is a photo of Great Sand Dunes NP in Colorado (seen in the distance). It is an amazing landscape with a fascinating geologic history. This valley was once covered by a lake. Sediment from the surrounding mountains filled the valley and the lake receded. Exposed sand was blown by the predominant southwest winds toward the Sangre de Cristos mountains, but during storms the winds blow back toward the valley. These opposing winds cause the dunes to grow higher and higher. Small dunes continue to form in the surrounding sand and migrate across grasslands, joining the main dunefield. Some of these migrating dunes become covered by grasses and shrubs and stop migrating.

There are multiple terms we could use for the stabilizing influences in our lives: rock (on which we stand) and anchor (for our boat in a storm) come immediately to mind. I guess we can add the grass and shrubs (for our sand dune).

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Timing

This photo was taken at the Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge in Fairbanks, Alaska. There were several birds on this small lake. It didn’t take too long to get a photo of one flying just above the water surface.

We also saw several sandhill cranes wandering around the fields. We heard that we missed the primary migration by a few weeks, when thousands of the sandhill cranes gather in the fields.

There is a rhythm to life. God’s timing is perfect.

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