God in all things, Photography, Scenery, Travel

Top of the World

This photo was taken from Buck Hill in Theodore Roosevelt NP. It was a fairly short climb, and we decided to eat lunch overlooking this view. Even though we really weren’t at high, it was definitely an “on top of the world” experience. For some perspective, there is a bison laying down just to the left of the center of the photo.

This was an experience that made me ponder the goodness of God.

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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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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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Hearing

We stopped to spend the night in Asheville, NC on way to Kiawah this year. We met up with our son and his wife, also driving to Kiawah. We got up early the next morning and went for a hike on the Looking Glass Trail. This is a photo of the Looking Glass Falls which are close the the trailhead. The falls could be heard easily during the beginning of our hike, but quickly faded away.

It reminds me that to hear God, we need to remain close to God. What does it mean to be “close to God”? Regularly spending time in prayer, seeking God with our heart, loving our neighbor.

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Noticing

This was photo was taken at Guadalupe Mountains NP, on the McKitrick Canyon Trail. There are so many interesting details in this image – a patch of red leaves, the tree with white bark. I’m drawn to the white stone trail disappearing into the distance. Maybe it represents an ongoing adventure, sort of like the yellow brick road.

It brings to mind a reflection from “The Inner Chapel: Embracing the Promises of God” by Becky Eldredge. Notice what you are noticing. Discernment is about noticing. Noticing the promises of God at work in our life. Noticing the deep desires in our hearts to respond to the love given to us. Noticing the longings of other people. Noticing our gifts. We discover the unique call upon our lives when we notice the needs of the world around us and the gifts we have to respond to the needs. When we notice both the needs of the world and our gifts that give us joy and meet those needs, we have found our promised unique call.

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