God in all things, Photography, Scenery, Travel

The View

This is the Bass Harbor Head Light Station in Acadia NP. This famous view of the lighthouse is not easy to find. From one end of the parking lot, there is a paved path that leads directly to the base of the lighthouse. It is quite a way above the water with no path down. From the other end of the parking is a path through the trees that leads to water, but it is a little tricky walking on these rocks to get in view of the lighthouse.

Often, things of great value are difficult to obtain. Thankfully, God’s love is freely given!

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Extra Effort

On our first full day at Acadia NP, we hiked the Gorham Mountain Loop. At one point, you come to a an intersecting trail with the option to do a short out and back to a small lake. Fortunately, it was a fairly short distance, otherwise I’m not sure any of us would have thought it was worth the extra effort to see something called “The Bowl”.

Actually, it is interesting that I use the description of “extra effort” because it was only 0.2 miles and about 60 feet elevation gain. So really, not much extra effort (we hiked about 6 miles that day). But it really wasn’t one of our “things to see” that day, and that definitely changes our perspective. Thankfully, we had at least a little bit of an adventurous spirit so we did make the “extra effort”. As it is said, life happens when you least expect it.

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Reflecting

Reflecting on reflecting…

I recently heard an interview with Matt Maher the singer and he talked about serving God when he writes music and sings. He was paraphrasing a quote from Eric Liddell in the movie Chariots of Fire: “When I run, I feel His (God’s) pleasure.”

This seems like yet another way to see God in all things: in our actions and the actions of others.

(Photo: Reflection Lake, Mt Rainier)

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Big Picture

This is Delicate Arch (Arches NP) from the Lower Delicate Arch Viewpoint, about a km away. The arch looks much more humble from this distance. Without any reference point, it’s not obvious that it is about 5 stories tall.

At a far distance, it is easier to the “big picture”. And the big picture is important, but can hide a lot of important details. I can assure you, it looks far different standing up there looking down through the arch toward this point.

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The River

This is the Virgin River, in Zion NP. It is not easily seen in the photo, but the Parus Trail can be seen beside the river. While I stand here admiring this view, it is likely someone on the trail below is also enjoying their view, though it is very different from mine. Different even though we are not so far apart. A vivid reminder of how we each experience the same situation so differently.

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Early Rising

If the Lord does not build the house, in vain do its builders labor; if the Lord does not guard the city, in vain does the guard keep watch. In vain is your earlier rising, your going later to rest, you who toil for the bread you eat, when God pours gifts on his beloved while they slumber. Psalm 127:1-2

I read this Psalm recently and was taken aback. I consider myself to be an early riser, and admit that I take some pride in that quality. This Psalm serves as a reminder of where my strength lies.

(Photo: Kiawah sunrise)

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Deceiving

This is the Lower Waterfall in Hocking Hills. We visited there at the end of last December. I think the picture is somewhat deceiving because it doesn’t look a bit like winter to me. I suppose all of the trees in the photo are evergreens. It was not a very cold day, in the 40s as I recall. But I was not remotely tempted to get into this water, as inviting as it appears.

It is often said that looks can be deceiving. An important principle to remember when trying to make decisions about our future. People are not always as happy as they look. Struggles can be very rewarding. Point A to Point B is not always a straight line.

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Twists and Turns

This is a photo of the Oxbow Overlook in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. An oxbow is an U-shaped bend in a river or a curved lake left as a remnant when the loop gets cut off from the narrow part of the bend. The Little Missouri River actually does a double bend here, with the river doing a complete 270 degree turn within the width of this photo.

I have been reflecting this past week on how it’s hard to know where life’s twists and turns are taking us. I heard a recent podcast that talked about the mistake of committing to a decision and being unwilling to change course, even when events make it clear a change of course is needed. Although many of the examples were from the corporate world, it applies as much (or more) to our personal decisions.

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