God in all things, Photography, Scenery, Travel

Long View

This is a view from The Beehive in Acadia NP. The phrase that comes to mind for me is “The long view.” There are trees in the foreground and coastline and islands in the distance.

The long view is an interesting phrase. It is often used in investing, meaning not to worry about the short term ups and downs associated with many investments but rather focus on the expected return over many years. This same idea applies to many areas of our lives – education, relationships, health/fitness and especially spirituality.

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Expectations

My wife and I traveled to Acadia National Park with another couple in October last year. This photo was taken our first full day of hiking, from the Gorham Mountain Trail. Egg Rock Lighthouse is visible beyond the Sand Beach. The leaves are beginning to change color.

At first, I was a little disappointed that we were missing the peak colors. It turned out that is was quite enjoyable to see the increase in colors as the week progressed. How often do we receive more that we had hoped for?

In the coming year, don’t hold back on your expectations. And don’t be surprised when your expectations are exceeded!

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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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Challenges

This is the view from the Grinell Glacier Overlook Trail (Glacier NP). My wife and I hiked here in 2017. That day my wife accused me of trying to kill (not that she really meant it). But it was a long, hard and hot day of hiking. This spur, in particular, was a 1000 foot gain in less than a mile off the main trail. But what a spectacular view!

It is said “What does not kill you, makes you stronger” (first attributed to Friedrich Nietzsche). In Proverbs, we are told that God purifies our hearts like gold is purified by fire. While I don’t believe that suffering is intrinsically good, I do believe God can work through the challenges we face.

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Big Picture

This is Delicate Arch (Arches NP) from the Lower Delicate Arch Viewpoint, about a km away. The arch looks much more humble from this distance. Without any reference point, it’s not obvious that it is about 5 stories tall.

At a far distance, it is easier to the “big picture”. And the big picture is important, but can hide a lot of important details. I can assure you, it looks far different standing up there looking down through the arch toward this point.

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Sunsetting

Blessed be the name of the Lord both now and forever. From the rising of the sun to its setting let the name of the Lord be praised. High above all nations is the Lord; above the heavens his glory. Who is like the Lord our God, enthroned on high, looking down on heaven and earth? Psalm‬ ‭113:2-6‬

(Photo: sunset in Medora, North Dakota)

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The River

This is the Virgin River, in Zion NP. It is not easily seen in the photo, but the Parus Trail can be seen beside the river. While I stand here admiring this view, it is likely someone on the trail below is also enjoying their view, though it is very different from mine. Different even though we are not so far apart. A vivid reminder of how we each experience the same situation so differently.

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