God in all things, Photography, Scenery, Travel

The Long View

If you look closely at these two photos, you’ll see that the water looks very different between the two. The first is a “regular” photo; the second is an iPhone “long exposure.”

I written many times about seeing things differently from different perspectives. I like how these photos illustrate what a difference it makes to view a situation from the long (time) perspective.

(Photo: Ohanapecosh River, near Mt Ranier)

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Mostly cloudy?

This photo was taken last weekend in Philadelphia during a hike with my wife and son at Wissahickon Park. Among topics discussed was a debate about the sky being cloudy, mostly cloudy, or partly sunny. As I understand, all three of these would be correct technically although partly sunny is less preferred because you can’t use the term at night. And cloudy is less precise than partly cloudy.

McKenzie and Nelson (2003) wrote about the importance of reference points and framing effects on how we might use different terms to describe the same situation. So if it had been raining, we might say that it is now only “partly” cloudy. If it previously had been a clear day, we might say it is “mostly” cloudy. These are simple examples of how our reference point influences what we “see“.

Which brings me to seeing God in all things. When we encounter things as we want them to be, it is easier to see God in the picture. It is more difficult to see God when we encounter things that are not the way we want.

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Anticipation

This photo was taken from the train as we were approaching Glacier NP. I remember my anticipation of seeing the many sights we had been reading about. This view confirmed that we were about to see something very special.

The Israelites were looking forward to the promised land. Yet only Joshua and one other scout returned with a favorable report about the land. The others did not trust what God had promised.

How often do we ignore what is right in front of because we focus on the unknown?

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Being Present

I took this photo a couple of weeks ago when we were hiking at the Narrows Park. I remember the afternoon vividly. The air was crisp but not too cold. It was a sunny day and nearly no wind as you can tell from the calm water. I remember looking over and seeing the pile of rocks and thinking that it would make for a good picture. I took pictures from a couple of spots but liked this one the best.

One thing about taking pictures is it makes you pay more attention to details. Another way to think about it is that it forces you to be present in the moment. Being present is certainly an important part of seeing God in all things.

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Highlights

This photo was taken on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone at Inspiration Point. When I was first reviewing the pictures from this spot, I did not initially realize that the Lower Falls were in sight, because they are so far off in the distance. In fact, it is difficult to determine (from this photo) if the falls are on the same river as seen at the bottom of the canyon. We had just come from the Lower Falls, so I already knew they were. Not to mention the multiple maps showing the connection.

Even if we can’t easily connect all the points, the highlights clearly stand out. And while we often remember these as “God moments”, God is with us in the valleys too.

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What’s in a name?

This is a photo of the Yellowstone River, taken from the top of the lower falls. That mist at the bottom of the photo is coming from the falls. The name, Yellowstone, was from the Hidatsa name which was translated as Yellow Rock River. It is not certain what the origin of this name was but it seems possible that it is related to the color of the rock in the Grand Canyon as seen in this photo.

God is identified as “Yahweh” in the Bible, usually translated as “LORD” in English. Yahweh is actually pronunciation of the Hebrew for “I am.” A simple name with deep meaning. God is and was and always will be. The source of all that exists. Even yellow rock.

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