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Bless the Lord

Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, You are very great; You are clothed with splendor and majesty, Covering Yourself with light as with a cloak, Stretching out heaven like a tent curtain. He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters; He makes the clouds His chariot; He walks upon the wings of the wind; He makes the winds His messengers, Flaming fire His ministers. He established the earth upon its foundations, So that it will not totter forever and ever. Psalms 104:1-5

Photo: Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone

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God’s Presence

This photo was taken on one of our last days at Yellowstone. When we arrived at this trail, we had to wait a few minutes because there were a large number of bison crossing the trail about where I was standing to take this picture. They are visible near the center of this photo.

There were a couple of times during our trip when bison crossing the road created a back up of cars. Close encounters with bison are not infrequent. In fact, I was surprised at how easy it was to observe them up close (from our car). They seem quite oblivious to the people and cars around them. Then you read reports about a bison attacking a car (or person) and you realize they not completely oblivious to our presence around them.

I think we are often like the bison – nearly oblivious to God’s presence around us. Occasionally, we do recognize God and can not help but react.

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An Imperfect World

This is the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone. When we were there, we saw the spring from multiple different views on two different days. This was the first day we saw it; it was a very cloudy and drizzly day. As a result, it was hard to get a really good view of the spring. We went back 2 days later on a much clearer (and warmer) day. What a difference in the views! That said, the views were still amazing this first day.

So what would my impression of the Grand Prismatic Spring have been if I had only seen it the first day? Disappointment? How often are we disappointed because something is not “perfect”? How do we even know what is perfect?

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Steam

This is another photo of the Grand Prismatic hot spring in Yellowstone National Park. From this angle, the main thing visible from the spring is the stream rising. I like how the steam seems to merge with the clouds in the background. Which I suppose is literally what happens (eventually).

We are told we are dust and to dust we shall return (Gen 3:19). Since our bodies are about 50-60% water, maybe a more scientifically accurate statement would be we are water and to water we shall return.

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Connectedness

This is a photo I took at Yellowstone last year. It is just now re-opened; I saw a video yesterday with the scientist in charge of the volcano observatory talking about activity in the park recently. Steamboat Geyser erupted on May 31 and was still emitting steam which it does for days after an eruption. Cistern Spring, which is located nearby, had started emptying out because there is some type of underground connection between the features.

I don’t think it is an exaggeration to compare recent events in our country to volcanic activity. And note that we are all connected in complex, often hidden ways.

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Contrast

There are so many amazing things to see in Yellowstone. This area was one of the most unbelievable. This is a hot spring in the West Thumb Geyser Basin. There were many, some much closer to the lake. One, the Fishing Cone, is actually within the lake. It is so named because the water in it is so hot that you could catch fish from the lake and cook it in the hot spring without moving your feet.

Photos can provide contrast in multiple ways: light/dark, sharp/blurry, a rainbow of colors. It’s not hard to imagine the heat and cold in this image. Life also provides us with strong contrasts: joy/sorrow, pain/pleasure, wisdom/confusion.

We are living in a time of great contrasts. God is present in all of it.

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One Constant

This is a photo of the Yellowstone River after it has gone through the canyon. It looks dramatically different here as compared to the bottom of the canyon or feeding out of Yellowstone Lake.

As we go through our lives, it is likely that different people will see us differently. That doesn’t necessarily mean we have significantly changed; maybe our circumstances have. One thing is constant: how God sees us.

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