Enjoying the View

Softly the evening came. 
The sun from the western horizon
Like a magician extended his golden wand o’er the landscape; Twinkling vapors arose; and sky and water and forest
Seemed all on fire at the touch, and melted and mingled together.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 

“Come here. I want to show you something.” 
I got his attention.
My husband willingly turned away from the computer, took my hand and let me lead him to another part of our home, the room with the best view.
“Look,” I said, pointing to the window.
I put my arm around him and he returned the gesture as we stood there gazing at the most stunning sunset.
 
“Isn’t it just so beautiful?”
 
“Yes, it is.”
He knows by now. I make a big deal out of these things. Because when you see something that takes your breath away, well, you just can’t help but praise the handiwork of the Master Artist who created it.
And that is what a sunset is to me.
It’s like God dipped his brush deep into the center of His creative heart, waved it across sky canvas and the result was this masterpiece we get to witness in the gallery of ordinary days.
And it comes at the end of each day.
A gift for the weary. 
After the business of living is done, just in case we missed it in all the other moments that came before, God reserves the most spectacular showing of love when we are most likely to notice it.
He gets our attention.
And when we are willing to follow Him, to let Him lead us away from the noise, we start to get the picture. That no matter what ugliness we may encounter in the course of an ordinary day, there is still beauty to be found. 

God wants to show us the wonder and the majesty of His power. He rejoices in watching us discover the passion and poetry of a sunset and He inhabits our praises when we do.And it’s here, in these not so ordinary moments that we feel the heartbeat of life itself.

When circumstances begin to dim the eyes of our faith, may we draw closer to our Creator and allow Him to reveal all the beauty we may be missing.

After all, He knows where to find
the best view in the house.

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No Foolin’ Around

The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” Psalm 14:1
It might be April Fool’s Day but…
When I look up.
And down.

And all around.

All I see is God’s handiwork.
 
He is alive and well. And that’s the truth.
 
 No foolin’.
 
Today is for seeing and believing. For breathing in life and tasting the goodness of the One who gives it to us.
 
 
Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
Psalm 34:8

Our Way of Escape

It’s amazing how looking at a photograph can instantly transport you to another place. A momentary escape from wherever you might be to wherever you might rather be.
These are a few pics I wanted to share from a recent trip to San Antonio. I hope you enjoy your stroll along the Riverwalk through these photos!

Do you feel like you need an escape today? Me too. Let’s close our eyes together and see another picture – the one of our Heavenly Father, with arms wide open, reaching out to us.

He draws us in and holds us close to His heart and, there, He whispers words of comfort, love and peace. Can you hear Him?


“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”
Isaiah 43:2

Thank you, Lord, that you are here with us – our shield when we need protection, our comfort when we need assurance, our escape when we need rest. Let us be encouraged by these truths. Amen

Words and Pictures

Below are some photos taken by my sister-in-law, Linda. You would think they came from a trip to some tropical paradise. Actually, they were taken at a local acquarium. Though there are no fish in these particular photos, you can bet they were just as spectacular as their surroundings showcased in these pics.

These inspiring images reminded me of some inspiring scriptures which I’ve included here. I hope that they go beyond mere words and pictures. I hope, as you meditate on The Word, your spirit will be lifted up and encouraged. Enjoy!

Praise


“Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves
and breakers have swept over me.” Psalm 42:6-8

Provision

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:26

Peace


“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.”
Psalm 23:1-3a