God in all things, Photography, Scenery, Travel

Around the river bend

I’ve shared more than one photo looking down a road, path or river with a bend which didn’t allow a view of what was around the bend. In this photo from Yellowstone, the surrounding landscape gives a good idea of what is “around the bend.”

Sometimes in life, if we don’t know what is coming, it’s because we are not looking in the right direction. Look up!

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God in all things, Photography, Scenery, Travel

Calm before the storm

This photo was taken during our trip to Panama earlier this year. I like how calm and peaceful the river appears. That all changed shortly after I took this photo as many of the students on the trip entered the river to swim, skip stones and generally splash around.

Sometimes in our daily lives, we experience a calm and know that it is about to change in a big way. It is important to be present in these quiet moments and know that God is there and will still be there when life gets crazy.

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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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God in all things, Scenery

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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