reflection

God only knows

I chose this photo to share because it makes me think of all the trees that were uprooted or broken in two by the tornadoes on Memorial Day. Viewing the damage to homes and property is heart-breaking.

Why does God allow these things to happen? The short answer is “I don’t know.” The longer answer is “only God knows, and I’m not God.” I do know that we tend to focus on the temporary and immediate. There have been times in my life when something happened that I believed was bad. But in hindsight, I am able to see the good that came as an outcome. Other times, things have happened and I never understood why or what good came from them. But I am able to believe there was good that resulted.

(Photo: Bandelier National Monument)

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Artsy

When we travel, I take a lot of what I would “touristy” photos. The kinds of shots many people would take when traveling to that location. I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to to travel to so many amazing places in the past few years. It’s not hard to take great photos when you’re somewhere like the Grand Canyon or Glacier National Park.

I also try to take photos that I would call “artsy.” Maybe something most people would see but not take a picture of. Sometimes, a view from a spot that gives a unique perspective on a common sight. In the picture below, I was struck by the contrast between the tree in the foreground and city of Albuquerque in the distance.

In a similar way, there are some Bible passages that have a clear meaning. Other times, I appreciate being able to read the reflections of others for a perspective that I would not have on my own. Among the many resources available, I suggest looking at the daily reflections from itemissaest.org or jesuitprayer.org.

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Monkey no climb

This is a photo of a tree that we saw on St Kitts. The spines along the trunk serve to prevent monkeys from climbing the tree to get the fruit. The common name of the tree is the sandbox tree, but it is also known as the monkey no climb tree.

For me, this is a reminder that God opens doors and God closes doors. Best not to try going through closed doors!

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Awesome

This photo was taken a few years ago in Kruger National Park in South Africa. The park is a large animal preserve, one of the largest national parks in the world. It is roughly the same size as New Jersey.

This photo does not begin to capture the moment. As I reflected on my memories, the word that came to mind was “awesome.” This morning, as I drove to work this song was on the radio:

Heaven and earth are singing

Glory hallelujah

Let the whole world see

The greatness of our God

In awesome wonder

He reigns forever

(Newsboys – The Greatness of our God)

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God of the Living

This Saman tree (also known as the rain tree), is over 400 years old. It is not native to the Caribbean islands but was likely brought by the indigenous Caribs, probably from South America. Seeing a tree this old makes me think of all the people who have lived before us. And continue to live with us: “He is not God of the dead, but of the living.” Mark 12:27.

Photo taken at Romney Manor and Gardens (Caribelle Batik), St Kitts.

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