God in all things, Photography, Scenery

Searching

This is another photo of the Horseshoe Falls at Caesar Creek. I had never heard of this spot until recently and now I’m seeing and hearing of lots of people visiting there. It is less than a mile hike to get there from the parking area, so I wouldn’t consider it remote. On the other hand, it is fairly removed from the more popular spots at Caesar Creek, so you are not likely to find it unless you set out looking for it.

I’ve learned that one of the biggest factors in a hiking trail being popular is word of mouth. Of course, these days the Internet magnifies word of mouth. All Trails is an app we like to use when searching for a new trail.

There are numerous web sites, blogs and newsletters that can serve a similar purpose for our spiritual lives. May this blog be serving that purpose for you!

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History

This photo was taken flying over Provo, Utah. The snow capped mountains create a stunning visual. What strikes me most though is the river traversing through the mountain ridge. How does that happen? Geologists probably have a good theory. Whatever the explanation, I’m sure you have to go way back in history for it to make sense.

Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy history much when I was in school. I certainly enjoy it much more now. In large part, that is because I want to understand why things are the way they are now and I recognize that you need to go way back in history for an understanding. I’ve learned a lot over the past 3 weeks. History that isn’t taught in schools. Experiences that others have had that I have not.

I pray that each of us will have the humility to listen and learn.

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Stepping Stones

This is another photo from Sugarcreek Preserve near Bellbrook. Many of the local parks have large stones serving as creek crossings rather than bridges. The stones certainly have a more “natural” appearance than a bridge would. On the other hand, a stone crossing is more likely to be impassable after a heavy rain (a common summertime occurrence around here).

When I see these crossings, I think about the amount of work that went into preparing them. And I appreciate the fact that I can cross the stream without walking in the water. In fact, those times when the stones are underwater make me even more aware of the privilege of having these crossings.

God does a pretty good job of providing us a way across the “streams” we encounter in life. Often we do not recognize the handiwork. And sometimes, we have to wait to cross.

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One Constant

This is a photo of the Yellowstone River after it has gone through the canyon. It looks dramatically different here as compared to the bottom of the canyon or feeding out of Yellowstone Lake.

As we go through our lives, it is likely that different people will see us differently. That doesn’t necessarily mean we have significantly changed; maybe our circumstances have. One thing is constant: how God sees us.

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Run with God

The sun will come up (tomorrow)

It is very easy to focus on all the pain and suffering in our world right now. And to think that God’s blessings are something we should only be looking for in the future. But that would overlook God’s blessings that we are currently experiencing. Such as the treatments being provided in hospitals. The thousands of deaths being prevented through social distancing. Or the loving and generous acts of so many who are the “hands and feet” of God.

My run this morning was a wonderful reminder of God’s presence all around me. May you also recognize God’s presence with you today.

Stairway (to heaven)

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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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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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