Today I woke up early determined to run up the mountain to two beautiful lakes. This is exercise at it’s best and I was committed to reaching the lakes in less than an hour. The route is all up hill amid towering pines paralleling a rambunctious stream. As I labored upward there was only one thing on my mind. Make the trip in 60 minutes. Okay, I was also thinking of oxygen.
E-mails have been pouring in asking to see the “devil dog hill.” One poured in just now. So I rode the hill with my friend Spence Smith and filmed the ride for you. Imagine a dog attacking from the left, imagine hitting a large acorn. Enjoy the ride! If you missed the post…. about this you can read it here.
Have you experienced moments like this? I would love to hear about it.
Problems where did you go?
Pride where did you run?
Did the tears of joy wash you away?
Humility, worship, and awe engulf me.
All the others are invisible in the shadow of your creation.
Oh God! I am here in the presence of your handiwork.
I feel so small,
I am silent.
Sometimes a cheap camera is all you need to find out that a rose is not just a rose. Randy Elrod demonstrated this when he captured this beautiful photo of two roses in a shaft of sunlight. What did you see in his photo? Did you see Just two roses? If that is all you saw, you missed so much. The beauty of that photo is in the light and the shadows and the nuance of color and the discovery of colors that you would never guess exist in a rose……unless you actually looked deeper. A rose is not just a rose it is a myriad of sensory elements that when combined bring a gasp of amazement. God brings the same nuance to every day of life. too often my days are just days, a blank white space in a calendar. If I miss the tingle of cold on my cheeks, the rustle of leaves in the wind, the giggle of my granddaughter, the rose in her cheeks, then I will never capture the moment.
Every moment of our lives is crammed with awesome sensory evidence of a living, loving God. Go back and look at Randy’s photo again. Then look at today again……. See what I mean?