Heavenly Lights

It’s easy to get used to things.

I live in a subtropical area, with palm trees, warm weather most of the year and an incredible amount of wildlife roaming about at any hour of the day.

People come from all over the world to vacation in this area.

I’m used to the beauty of it all, so there are times that I fail to appreciate it.

Tonight, I was looking at the moon while standing in my back yard.

It was a clear evening, and the moon was bright and almost directly overhead.

Photographing the moon is something I have enjoyed for awhile.

It is easy to just get used to the moon being there, without really thinking about it.

If I do think about the fact that something so incredibly large is right out there so close to earth, orbiting and yet always staying right where it should be, it’s almost a little frightening.

Just that initial thought of how small I am and how big the moon is—that moon that’s right above me.

I trust that God will keep it in its place, so I don’t really concern myself with it.

The fact that God is keeping it there brings me to consider His great power.

He is holding the moon in place and He is holding my life in place.

Even though I may feel overwhelmed at times, I know I can trust Him.

The moon above is a reminder that He is in control.

Give thanks to the Lord of lords.
His faithful love endures forever.

 Give thanks to Him who alone does mighty miracles.
His faithful love endures forever.
 Give thanks to Him who made the heavens so skillfully.
His faithful love endures forever.
 Give thanks to Him who placed the earth among the waters.
His faithful love endures forever.
 Give thanks to Him who made the heavenly lights—
His faithful love endures forever.
 the sun to rule the day,
His faithful love endures forever.
 and the moon and stars to rule the night.
His faithful love endures forever.

—Psalm 136:3-9

give-thanks

He Gives

He gives food to every living creature;
    His love is eternal.

—Psalm 136:25

I could hear a distinct bird voice outside.

Looking through my bay window, I could see a group of birds visiting the rock fountain in the yard.

They were enjoying the flowing water and flitting from one place to another.

God provides food and drink for all His creatures.

When I am blessed to see some of His creatures as I did by my fountain, it creates a joyful excitement within me as I witness the beauty of what He has made.

creature

And That is What Happened

 

Every creature God has made has its own beauty.

Every fish, every bird.

Every animal that walks the earth.

Genesis 1:24 reads:

Then God said, “Let the earth produce every sort of animal, each producing offspring of the same kind–livestock, small animals that scurry along the ground, and wild animals.” And that is what happened.

When I look at an animal’s face, I see the face of a living being that God made.

scurry

 

 

A Place for You

The waterfall was peaceful, surrounded by the beauty of the flowers growing near it.

The water that had pooled nearby reflected the blossoms in a dreamy blur, reminiscent of a Van Gogh painting.

There is true beauty in this world.

God has made it all, and it is wondrous.

When I think of Heaven, though, I imagine that it will be far more beautiful that anything we could ever imagine.

What we see here—even the most spectacular scene—will pale in significance to the beauty of Heaven, filled with the light of the glory of God.

My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?
 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
 You know the way to the place where I am going.”
—John 14:2-4

 

 

prepare

Wonderfully

When I saw the bird with it’s long flowing head feathers, I immediately began to photograph him.

How beautiful he was!

Ruby colored eyes and a long, sleek beak.

He was tall, with black feathers closely hugging his neck.

When I look at creatures God has made, I marvel at His works and I am blessed by the privilege of seeing them.

I was thinking today about people.

So often, we look at ourselves in a negative way.

We don’t feel as if we are worth much.

We think of ourselves as unattractive and unimportant.

What if—just for consideration—birds were the most intelligent beings on the planet with minds like people and all people had the minds of birds?

Just think of how the birds would look at us!

They might take a photograph and say,

“Look at that human! He’s beautiful! He has clear, brown eyes and sleek black hair. He has such a kind looking face.”

“Look at that human! She’s perfect! Red hair and eyes of blue. Look! I think she’s smiling at us!”

We forget that God has made us in a wonderful way.

Just look at us!

We stand tall.

We have fingers that do fine motor skills.

We run and jump.

We speak and sing.

We have hair!

And beautiful eyes!

We smile!

We love….

If another creature had a mind like ours, they would see us as wonderful creations of God.

Why don’t we see ourselves that way?

 

 

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

–Psalm 139:14

 

fearfully correct

Everything Beautiful

bookmark3-1-1-1-1-2-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1_zps08a42f53

Without really thinking about, I glanced outside the kitchen window.

It had been rainy for the last few hours.

Now, in the midst of all the wet grass and glossy tree leaves, golden sunlight was streaming onto my front yard.

For me, that was a resounding call to go outside with my camera.

After taking some photos of the sunset, I walked around my house, enjoying the coolness of the air and the gentle sounds around me.

Stopping at some flowers I had planted earlier in the summer, I found that water droplets were adorning each one like little clear jewels on pink pillows.

Everywhere I looked, I saw beauty.

Other flowers blooming.

Turtle nests.

A red-shouldered hawk, high in a tree.

How blessed I was to see it all!

God has made everything beautiful.

*

He has made everything beautiful in its time.

—from Ecclesiastes 3:11

*

Click image to enlarge.

in its time