Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I Wonder...

Sometimes I wonder what Adam and Eve thought while walking in The Garden of Eden.  How beautiful it must have been just after God created it and said that it was good.  I think the creation is beautiful today but to see it in the beginning would have been absolutely awesome.

I find comfort reading the Bible, especially in these uncertain times.  It's comforting to know that what we see is not all there is or will be.  What God has planned for those who love Him will be beyond what we could ever expect or imagine.  The Bible says, "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him." (1 Corinthians 2:9) 

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Cool Weather Scene

Here's a scene that might not be that common these days, but soon this will be familiar again as we enter into the cool nights of fall.  Today I stopped at the Heathman Lodge in Washington to use the wireless internet and lobby as a field office.  This fireside scene caught my attention as a relaxing place to settle in with a good book on a fall afternoon.

Towards the end of each season do you find yourself looking forward to the next one?

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Fancy Squirrel Bridge

Yesterday while in Longview, Washington I thought I would show this unique squirrel bridge again with it's summer view.  This crosses a busy street in front of the public library and gives the squirrels a safe way to cross... in case they need a book.  I showed this bridge in March with a different view.

Friday, August 20, 2010

For Yolanda

 (Haystack Rock - Cannon Beach, OR)
The last couple of days I've been working at the coast.  Yesterday afternoon as I was approaching a favorite spot of Yolanda at Giving it a Shot, I decided to stop and take a couple of photos for her.  She's going through a difficult battle and I thought this might brighten her outlook these days. 

We all need a Rock in life.  Haystack is always there even when it's covered in fog and we can't see it. It's always there.

Yolanda, your positive attitude in spite of what you're going through is an inspiration to many.  I hope these photos don't make you homesick.  Just remember, you'll be back soon.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Anatomy of a Leaf

The other day while walking through a healing garden at one of Portland's hospitals I decided to stop and look at things. Just take a moment to bring the issues of the day to a scretching halt and relax.

After choosing a couple of photos for posting, I was prompted to do a search on the anatomy of a leaf. The cross section showing the complexity of it was a reminder of not only 8th grade science class but of the amazing world in which we live.

Years ago I took an astronomy class. I was blown away by the vastness of the universe and what a small piece we are to the entire puzzle. Can there be life on other planets in other galaxies? So far we don't know but one thing is for sure. The design and order we find in something as simple as a leaf is most definitely a love note from our Creator.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Isn't it Amazing?

Isn't it amazing that we're on a planet swirling around the universe yet we're surrounded by beautiful and orderly things such as this?  I know that there are some who believe in evolution, which is to say nothing + nobody = everything.  But the design in the universe doesn't seem to be random.

Over the course of his life Albert Einstein became a deist - a believer in an impersonal creator God.  He once stated, "I believe in Spinoza's God who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with fates and actions of human beings."  Einstein was half right.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

"Happy Faces"

This morning I had to stop the motorcycle and capture these "happy faces".  As I stood there taking photos I had the urge to say, "You're all probably wondering why I called you together for this meeting in this field."