Glimpses of grace seen in the everyday

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God’s Beautiful World

In springtime, we especially enjoy the reawakening delights of the world around us: The ingenuity of camouflage.  The intricacy of cell structures.  The infinite variety of flowers.  The incredible endurance of tiny hummingbirds migrating across the Caribbean.  The perfect balance of the ingredients for life.  The wisdom of birds in my mom’s yard to figure out how to glue down their nest materials with mud after the wind blew away their first attempts.  The exuberance of a deer (seen on Facebook Smile) dancing in and out of a big puddle.  The devotion of a dog….

Eyes to see, ears to hear–all the senses to appreciate all these things.  Minds and hearts with which to thank and praise their—and our—Creator.

These are all “Rumors of Another World”—as Philip Yancey says in his book of that title.  Glimpses of the transcendence that people are so fascinated with and seek so avidly.  It’s all there if only we would open our eyes and hearts!

Heaven above is softer blue, earth around is richer green;
Something lives in every hue Christless eyes have never seen. 
Birds with gladder songs o’erflow, flowers with deeper beauty shine 
Since I know, as now I know, I am His and He is mine. 

by George W. Robinson

You can hear the song at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0S5BZJDlGw

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Musings on a Mountain Trail

We took a two-hour nature hike the other day.  It was gorgeous but tough, too.  At times it seemed like the trail must end at the top of a hill or at a rock face—but we had confidence it would continue and it would be okay.  Why?

1)  This trail was designed and maintained (to some degree) by a reputable resort.

2)  We could see the footprints of others who had gone that way recently.  In fact, we’d gotten a recommendation of that trail from friends who were just leaving as we arrived.

3)  My husband was with me, to give me a hand in the more treacherous places.

The spiritual applications should be obvious.  Smile

Photos of hiking

And as we went, a song kept cycling through my head:

Footprints of Jesus

Sweetly, Lord, have we heard Thee calling,
Come, follow Me!
And we see where Thy footprints falling
Lead us to Thee.

Refrain:
Footprints of Jesus,
That make the pathway glow;
We will follow the steps of Jesus
Where’er they go.

Then at last when on high He sees us,
Our journey done,
We will rest where the steps of Jesus
End at His throne.

 

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