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Butterfly Walk

April 23rd, 2012 | Tags: • , , , , , , , , , , ,

“The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing to find the place where all the beauty came from.” – C. S. Lewis

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The Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center was brimming with color yesterday and there were butterflies everywhere! As I looked through my viewfinder, these are some of the pictures I saw.



Morning Colors

April 17th, 2012 | Tags: • , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied withgettingso you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.” — Matthew 6:30-33, The Message
 

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After visiting the Lady BIrd Johnson Wildflower Center for a photo shoot, I closed my eyes for a moment. Nothing in my closet or in any clothing store can compare with to the colors I saw this morning, lit by the sunlight under a cloudless blue sky.

Lord, You are my portion and my peace. Will you help me keep remembering where to find true beauty?

 

Everything we call a trial, a sorrow, a duty: believe me. That angel’s hand is there, the gift is there, and the wonder of an overshadowing Presence. Our joys too: be not content with them as joys. They too conceal diviner gifts. Life is so full of meaning and purpose, so full of beauty beneath its covering, that you will find earth but cloaks your heaven. Courage, then, to claim it, that is all! But courage you have, and the knowledge that we are pilgrims wending through unknown country on our way home.

—Fra Angelico (1387-1455)

 



Both Sides

April 4th, 2012 | Tags: • , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

 

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Take a good look at God’s work.

Who could simplify and reduce Creation’s curves and angles

To a plain straight line?

On a good day, enjoy yourself;

On a bad day, examine your conscience.

God arranges for both kinds of days

So that we won’t take anything for granted.

I’ve seen it all in my brief and pointless life—here a good person cut down in the middle of doing good, there a bad person living a long life of sheer evil. So don’t knock yourself out being good, and don’t go overboard being wise. Believe me, you won’t get anything out of it.

But don’t press your luck by being bad, either. And don’t be reckless. Why die needlessly? It’s best to stay in touch with both sides of an issue. A person who fears God deals responsibly with all of reality, not just a piece of it.

—  Ecclesiastes 7:13-18 MSG

 

Standing underneath this rose-covered arbor at Zilker Park offers such a different view of the vines than looking at the same flowers only from above. On one side, the roses seem darker, less colorful; the air is cooler, more moist. On the other, a cascade of yellow buds and blooms covers the surface, spectacularly enhanced by the noonday sun.

Solomon’s words urge me to take a step back, walk around slowly, consider the beauty of different vantage points, and direct my gaze from a variety of existing angles, regardless of whether I’m pondering a rose garden’s delights or the depths of my heart.