God in all things, Photography, Scenery, Travel

Waiting in Stillness

This photo was taken earlier this month at Longwood Gardens near Philadelphia. It reminds me that during Advent, we wait in quiet and darkness.

Lord of Light, our only hope of glory,

your radiance shines in all who look to you. Come light the hearts of all in dark and shadow.

O Root of Life, implant your seed within us, and in your advent draw us all to you,

our hope reborn in dying and in rising.

For you, O lord, my soul in stillness waits;

Truly my hope is in you.

(Marty Haugen)

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God in all things, Scenery

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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The Desert

Generally, if I think about the desert, the word that comes to mind is barren. The first two times I was in a desert were both while driving to California, in cars without air conditioning. Neither trip did anything but re-enforce my idea of deserts as being lifeless and void of beauty.

Nothing like actually spending some time exploring to change ones mind. This photo was from a trip to Moab, Utah. I found a place of amazing beauty, actually full of life. Nothing like getting out and exploring God’s creation!

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Amazing!

“I can’t believe what I just saw!” Jack Buck, radio broadcast of Kirk Gibson Home Run in the 1988 World Series.

Flying home from Utah, I was looking out the plane window and saw only a layer of white clouds. Just a little bit later, I looked out and saw something I had never seen before. I’m really not even sure how to describe it. Somehow, while the sun was still shining above the clouds, it was also shining through from below the clouds. Fortunately, I took a picture so you don’t really need my description. God continues to amaze me!

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Consolation & Desolation

We had a magnificent view from our house in New Mexico with amazing sunsets. This first photo was taken just after sunset our third night there. The effect on the clouds is dramatic, giving them a red cotton candy appearance.

I took this second picture a mere 3 minutes later with a remarkable difference in the appearance of the clouds.

Similarly, consolation can turn to desolation quickly in our lives. Consolation, or times we are moving toward God, becomes desolation when we lose our focus on God. Fortunately, we don’t need to wait on the “sun” to rise, God is always there, waiting to “shine” on us!

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