God in all things, Photography, Scenery

Be Prepared

I have been trying to get a good spider web photo for years. This is by far the best I have gotten. As often happens, I just happened to be in the right place at the right time (with phone in hand). I was on a Sunday morning run when I saw this web glistening in the sun. It was easy to see from far away.

So often we find God when we aren’t even really looking. A good reason to always be prepared.

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The New Normal

This is a photo I took a couple of weeks ago at the Sweet Arrow Park. It is still a relatively new park but has become a regular place for me to hike or run since it is so close to our home.

Forming good habits is difficult. (Breaking bad habits can be even more difficult.) Lots of people have formed new habits during this pandemic. “The new normal” is a phrase that is being used to describe many things that are different now like attending church online. Long walks/hikes. Regular quiet time for reflections.

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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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Preparing

I took this photo in Montana, minutes before the start of the Bozeman marathon. One thing I have learned about running marathons is that as a marathon approaches, life gets simpler. There are things I do to help prepare for the marathon and things I avoid doing.

And so it is in dealing with this pandemic. In some ways, life is simpler. There are things we are doing to stay well and things we avoid doing.

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Laboring

Seeing God in all things does not literally mean I think God looks like these flowers. I read a reflection last weekend (www.americamagazine.org) that suggested adding the word laboring: God laboring in all things. I don’t use the word “laboring” often, but I like the idea of seeing God in action. I see God providing beauty through these flowers. In an even larger way, I see God providing love and kindness through the actions of so many people reaching out to family, friends, neighbors and strangers in need right now.

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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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But it looks good on you!

I encourage everyone to wear some type of mask (not medical) whenever you are out and will be anywhere there are other people. This is me at the end of my morning run today. It wasn’t so bad.

I realize there isn’t a lot of evidence this makes a big difference but even if it only helps prevent spread by a small amount, it is worth it. The lives we save my be yours or one of your loved ones.

(Pardon the Caddyshack quote)

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The snail

I was listening to a podcast earlier week (Short Wave) and they were interviewing a woman who had been bedridden with a prolonged illness. A friend gave her a snail to keep her company. She became fascinated by the snail and read everything she could about them. She subsequently wrote a book titled “The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating.” And yes, she could actually hear the snail eating.

Ironically, I took this picture just over 2 weeks ago while I was out on a run. It is likely that while we are in “lockdown” we will be noticing things that we never noticed before. Seeing God in all things can be a silver lining in this dark cloud.

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