An Honored Guest

Being in a location such as this and witnessing the magnificence all around me, I think “How do I get to see something like this? I must be an honored guest in this house to get such treatment.” I was thinking on that and it is true. An honored guest in God’s sanctuary. This is a place to see God’s handy work and worship Him, in places like this I feel closest to Him. He does see me as an honored guest and wants the very best for me. Sometimes it is hard for me to see that, live like it is truth. After all we are limited human beings. Like little kids not understanding why they cannot have candy for dinner. In between the hard learning parts of life, there these moments that stand out. Reminders of our Great Creator and His endless love that is beyond measure.

Surprises

Walking for Years

Out in the woods, walking peacefully. One foot after another, and another…breathing deeply. After all it is very steep and he has been walking for years. This is a picture of my almost 82 year old dad walking through the towering giants in Yamhill Oregon. I follow his footsteps often and then sometimes not at all. But in this I pray I get to keep following and keep walking for years too. Each step being a gift and treasured as such. Our lives can be fleeting and being thankful even for this. An interesting side note, the beautiful yell leaves growing up the very large Douglas firs is…wait for it…Poison Oak. I didn’t know it could be so lovely.

Looking Closer

Feathers and Fluff

"He has made everything beautiful in its time.  He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end."  Ecclesiastes 3:11-12.  My favorite verse right now.  My life seems to be just like this, what may have seemed like a horrible mess of choices and circumstances has somehow, miraculously, been turning into something beautiful.  This feather belonged to our silly hen called Jack is molting.  It is a miserable, ugly experience for chickens.  They lose their feather and have to grow a whole new set in a very short time.  Like chicken menopause.  But when the ugly mess is done, they are beautiful, fluffy and warm.  It kick starts their laying and begins a new season for them.  What a wonderful metaphor for what our lives are like.  We have to go through the hard miserable parts to get to the wisdom and joy that is waiting for us to be in the right place spiritually.  God has given us opportunities to grow, will we take them?
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11-12. My favorite verse right now. My life seems to be just like this, what may have seemed like a horrible mess of choices and circumstances has somehow, miraculously, been turning into something beautiful. This feather belonged to our silly hen called Jack is molting. It is a miserable, ugly experience for chickens. They lose their feather and have to grow a whole new set in a very short time. Like chicken menopause. But when the ugly mess is done, they are beautiful, fluffy and warm. It kick starts their laying and begins a new season for them. What a wonderful metaphor for what our lives are like. We have to go through the hard miserable parts to get to the wisdom and joy that is waiting for us to be in the right place spiritually. God has given us opportunities to grow, will we take them?

The Journey

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