This rhododendron bud is bursting with promise. But look at all that snow! Will the bud still open in the spring, or has its future been hijacked?
Up close, these barnacles look a bit alien, don’t they? Almost a little creepy! Here’s another picture to put your mind at rest about their danger: Continue reading Shut the Front Door!
The flowers of spring are a great reminder that even in the darkest, coldest winter we have hope of brighter days ahead. God is faithful!
Tracks or ripples? Your mind can play tricks on you! Here’s another look…
Your perspective can change your perception.
From what perspective are you looking at your life right now? From a mountain or a valley…climbing up or sliding down…sailing along serenely or being tossed by the waves…fighting or hiding…hungry or satisfied…
When my daughter was very young, she had a moving sand art picture. A picture frame held blue water with different hues of blue sand, and when the frame was tipped over, the sand would fall to the new bottom and create a different landscape. I think I played with it more than she did!
Our lives can often feel like that picture frame. Continue reading Rock of Ages
Isn’t he cute? We found this Red-Spotted Newt on the trail down from McAfee’s Knob this summer. I didn’t know it at the time, but this little guy is just a teenager (more properly called an eft)! These newts are hatched in the water much like frog tadpoles, breathing with gills and not having more than two front nubs for legs. They grow and develop, and go through a metamorphosis to become land creatures, where they will live for at least two years. After spending a few years on land, the eft goes through another metamorphosis and becomes an adult, losing the bright coloring (but keeping its red spots). The adult newt returns to the water, where it can live another 10 years or so!
I think as we go through life on this earth as believers in Christ, we are all in the eft stage. We are not what we were, as “anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun” (2 Corinthians 5)! At the same time, what we will be is not yet, but it’s coming!
…we will all be transformed! It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. For our dying bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies (1 Corinthians 15:51-53).
The best is yet to come!
“Look! He comes with the clouds of heaven. And everyone will see him–even those who pierced him” (Revelation 1:7).
“…they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Matthew 24:30).
We will see Him. Are you ready?
“No one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows” (Matthew 24:36).
We don’t know when, but we can be ready.
“And this is his commandment: We must believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he commanded us” (1 John 3:23).