Part 1: Reflections of Florida

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May we know who we are in Jesus Christ. May we rejoice for who we have become in Him.

1 Corinthians 13:12

Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.  Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

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May we anticipate the fullness of who we are meant to be in Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 3:18

And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

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May we reflect Christ despite the shadows of this world.

Proverbs 27:19

As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man.

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God’s Kaleidoscope of Beauty: Part I in Words

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Fall in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan: View from Bare Bluff

Fall in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan: View from Bare Bluff

I knew it would be challenging. We were warned by those who had walked the same path. My mindset was a slow and steady pace. On the narrowest sections, I hunched down to lower my center of gravity. I had to stuff that fear of heights as we hiked around the face of the cliff. But oh the view, we were told.

We had two choices on this trail: the easy way or the hard way. We chose the harder way for the challenge. For the sense of accomplishment that we can still do this smack dab in the middle of our middle age. And for the practical reason to put the hard part behind us while our legs were still fresh.

To endure the trial of the trail and pop out on the bluff face was relief, followed by instant awe. My eyes couldn’t take it all in. I stood in place to simply absorb the view. Brilliant fall colors dotted the hillside. The immense blue of Lake Superior framed the view to the east.

For that moment in time, I believed it was the most beautiful place in the world. Other hikers came and went, but we didn’t want to leave. We lingered, for where could we find a better view and a more perfect day of sunshine to enjoy God’s gifts for his beloved?

God’s creation is God’s kaleidoscope of beauty: constantly changing, constantly inspiring and constantly calling us to discover the next glimpse of God’s glory. It will be on a different day at a different time in a different place with a different view. But it will still prompt me to pause and thank God all over again for his kaleidoscope of beauty in my life.

 

Psalm 98:7-8

Let the sea resound, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy;

 

2 Corinthians 3:10-11

For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. And if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!

 

 

Say, What Is That Called?

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Most of the surprises at our house are not good. It usually means another project to add to the to-do list. But now and then, this house surprises me with unexpected joy. One of those moments happened recently.

The spring sunshine and warmer temperatures beckoned me outside to work in the landscape. A landscape of weeds, out-of-control shrubs and more weeds. That’s when I noticed it. A single white flower with a delicate yellow center framed by grass-like leaves. The flower’s simplicity captured my fancy. Over the next few days, more of these flowers appeared in seemingly random locations.

I so wanted these flowers to be a variety of snowdrops and a special message of reassurance from God. But God had a better surprise in store for me. An internet search revealed the name of the flowers: Glory of the Snow. What a wonderful name. What a wonderful reminder that God will display his glory in every season of our lives.

Song of Songs 2:11-12

See!  The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. 

2 Corinthians 3:10-11

For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. And if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!