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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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Pictures of Infinite Beauty

Every so often, I’m looking through older photos, and I see one that I had completely forgotten. This photo was taken in Arches National Park a couple of years ago. At the extreme left in the photo, you can see part of the Fiery Furnace. In the distance are the La Sal Mountains. In between is the Salt Valley.

I had all but forgotten about this moment until I saw this photo. Then, a flood of memories came back to me. This was our first day in Moab, we had just hiked to Delicate Arch – the famous arch featured in Utah license plates. It was late afternoon and we wanted to see the Fiery Furnace before sunset. We were treated to spectacular colors with the sunset.

Let me paraphrase a quote from John Ruskin:

God is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty.

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Savor the Gift

This photo of the sunset was taken shortly after we arrived at Mykonos on our 3 day cruise last year. We were happy to get there in time to see a spectacular sunset, but subsequently we were mildly disappointed that it was hard to do much exploring of the island once it got dark. Adding to our disappointment was knowing that people taking the same cruise closer to summer would have additional daylight.

So it was definitely a glass half full/half empty experience. Focus on what we were “missing out on“ or simply savor the gift of a beautiful sunset.

Often in life, it is tempting to wish that we had met someone sooner or tried something sooner or were even living in a different era. And yet, we can be certain that God does not make errors in where (and when) we are placed. Savor the gift.

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Two Sparrows

I took this photo at the end of a run a few weeks ago. I had forgotten that there was a man and his dog on the trail (barely seen in the distance). We seem quite insignificant against the backdrop of God’s creation. And yet we know that that is not true.

“Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. Even all the hairs of your head are counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Matthew‬ ‭10:29-31

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