God in all things

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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God in all things, Photography

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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God in all things, Scenery

Hope

This photo was taken during a race out in Wyoming this summer. When they see a rainbow, some people may think about the proverbial pot of gold. My first thought is about the refraction of light (I was a physics major). But my next thought is about God’s covenant with Noah. And God’s faithfulness which is the basis of our hope.

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Glory

The heavens declare the glory of God; the firmament proclaims the works of his hands. Day unto day pours forth speech; night unto night whispers knowledge. There is no speech, no words; their voice is not heard; A report goes forth through all the earth, their messages, to the ends of the world. He has pitched in them a tent for the sun; it comes forth like a bridegroom from his canopy, and like a hero joyfully runs its course. From one end of the heavens it comes forth; its course runs through to the other; nothing escapes its heat. Psalms 19:2-7

(Photo: Bozeman, Montana)

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Everyday Experiences

I’m sure I will be mostly posting photos from our trip to Yellowstone over the next few weeks. So today, I wanted to post a photo taken nearby. This one is at Sugarcreek Park this morning.

It is fairly easy to see God in a place like Yellowstone. It isn’t always as easy to see God in our every day experiences. Or in people we see regularly, like family, friends, or coworkers. I guess that is another way of saying we often take for granted the people and things around us.

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Addition by subtraction

I usually carry my phone with my when I run and often stop to get a photo of something that catches my eye. This photo was taken in Kiawah this summer. The bird caught my eye and I was fortunate to to get my phone out quick enough to catch it flying across the water.

Of course, photos taken in a rush are seldom framed perfectly. I’m posting the original photo below. As you can see, I’ve cropped the original quite a bit. Hopefully you agree that I’ve improved the image.

I have come to understand that much of the process of being “fashioned” in God’s image means that there are things which need to be removed from my life. Things like anger, hate, jealousy and distrust.

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What is beauty?

When I traveled to Nebraska for a marathon last year, I really wasn’t expecting much scenery. However, I was intrigued by the name of the race, Bohemian Alps. I didn’t think of Nebraska as hilly, let alone mountainous.

The race director explained that many of the people who settled in that part of Nebraska were from a region in Czechoslovakia, also known as Bohemia. And while there were no mountains, it was certainly rolling with one hill after another. And quite scenic. He had lived there many years, and it was clear that he had a strong fondness for the area and the course.

It is said that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.“ I think it should be said “if you want to see beauty, open your eyes.“

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Scenery

Diversity

Kiawah Island

There are many things that I really enjoy taking pictures of, and birds would certainly be on that list. I’m not certain why birds fascinate me but two obvious things come to mind. One is their ability to fly and the beauty of flight. The other is the amazing diversity of birds.

There is also an amazing diversity among people. We are experiencing a time when this is a source of much pain. Let us pray that it would rather be a cause for celebration.

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Calling

This photo was taken earlier this week at Kiawah. It was not the first time I had seen so many birds gathered at this particular spot. There is nothing obviously different about this spot, as far as I can tell. Which makes me wonder why all these birds have gather here. Something must be attracting them.

In our lives, there is something similar which I would label a “calling.” God often leads us by placing desires in our hearts. These desires may make no “sense” from a worldly perspective. But they lead to fulfillment as we recognize the unique set of gifts/talents we have been given.

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