God in all things, Photography, Scenery, Travel

The End

A Greek philosopher once said that “you cannot step into the same river twice.” That seems to be an apt thought at the end of the calendar year. We will not experience anything exactly the same as we did this past year.

I picked this photo of the sunset for my last reflection of the year. Just as evening is a good time to reflect of the day, this is a good time to reflect on the past year. Where have you encountered God during the year?

(Photo: Little Missouri River, Theodore Roosevelt NP)

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Outstanding

This photo was taken at Lily Lake, near Estes Park, CO. I’m drawn to this elk, who seems to be outstanding in his field. Someone who is outstanding in their field is often used to refer to someone who has a particular area of excellence. However, it could be someone who is clueless to what is going on around them. Ironically, it can mean both at the same time.

I’ve come to learn how strengths can be weaknesses and visa versa. The Apostle Paul writes again and again in his letters that he will only boast of his weaknesses – because that is where God shines through.

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Ageless

This is a photo from Bruce Point in Bryce Canyon, which is technically is not a canyon since it was formed by weather erosion rather than a central stream. The exposed layers of rock are about 100 million years old. In nearby Zion National Park, the exposed layers are 140 to 240 million years old. The exposed layers in the Grand Canyon are 200 to 600 million years old. There are shared layers between these parks, creating what is called the Grand Staircase. You can look out over the Grand Staircase from a spot in Bryce Canyon called Yovimpa Point.

I have a hard time wrapping my head around the idea of something being 100 million years old. How much harder to grasp the concept of God being truly ageless.

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Sunsetting

Blessed be the name of the Lord both now and forever. From the rising of the sun to its setting let the name of the Lord be praised. High above all nations is the Lord; above the heavens his glory. Who is like the Lord our God, enthroned on high, looking down on heaven and earth? Psalm‬ ‭113:2-6‬

(Photo: sunset in Medora, North Dakota)

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Wander

“O give thanks to the Lord who is good, whose faithful love endures forever.” Let the redeemed of the Lord say this, those redeemed from the hand of the foe, and gathered from far-off lands, from east and west, north and south. They wandered in a barren desert, finding no way to a city they could dwell in. Hungry they were and thirsty; their soul was fainting within them. Then they cried to the Lord in their need, and God rescued them from their distress, guiding them along a straight path, to reach a city they could dwell in. Let them give thanks for the love of the Lord, such wonders for the human race: God satisfies the thirsty soul, and fills the hungry with good things. Psalms‬ ‭107‬:‭1‬-‭8‬

(Photo: White Sands NP)

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Be Radiant

I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall be always in my mouth. My soul will glory in the Lord; let the poor hear and be glad. Magnify the Lord with me; and let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord, and he answered me, delivered me from all my fears. Look to him and be radiant, and your faces may not blush for shame. This poor one cried out and the Lord heard, and from all his distress he saved him. The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he saves them. Psalms‬ ‭34:2-8‬

(Photo: Wind Canyon, Theodore Roosevelt NP)

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Looking

Despite making many trips to Kiawah Island through the years, I don’t have many sunset photos. That is probably related to two factors: there aren’t as many clear views of the West as there are of the East and sunset is fairly late in the summer when we have always been there. So I was more than happy to stop and get out of the car to take this photo last month.

God is always there. We are not always looking.

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Expectations

This photo is from White Sands NP and that evening was possibly the most spectacular sunset I have ever seen. And we almost missed it! We were driving from Guadalupe Mountains NP where we had spent the morning hiking. It was a very long drive and by the time we got to White Sands, it was so cloudy that I didn’t think we would be able to see the sun setting. Never happier to be wrong!

We have an amazingly poor ability to predict the future. I think our judgement is affected by our expectations which are closely tied to our desires.

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Joy

Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness. Come before God, singing for joy. Know that the Lord is God, who made us, to whom we belong. We are God’s people, the sheep of God’s flock. Enter the temple gates with thanksgiving and its courts with songs of praise. Give thanks and bless God’s name. Psalm 100:1-4

(Lily Lake, Estes Park Colorado)

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