Just as rivers can flow and give their strength, they can remain still in silence and peace. A source of nourishment and contemplation, we are put to ease and rest. From the beauty, balance and order, we are made made whole for a time. Time enough to regain a perfect peace. By providence and Spirit as the winds and waters settle upon us.
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Treading among the high places can bring about the presence of beauty and mystery. Even as memorable snapshots to capture what the place would say. Ever watchful, ever present, the spirit within available to the truth of creation and its existence. To spiritually feed on the place to observe, learn and testify about the wonder and glory of God.
Continuing along in my reading of John Piper’s book, “What Jesus Demands from the World”, I just finished the section entitled “Abide in Me.” Numbered as demand #7 with references Jn 15:4, Jn 15:9 and Jn 8:31-32.
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” -Jn 8:31-32
That dwelling, continuing and remaining with Jesus comes from believing in him and his love daily. By being in daily prayer and abiding in His word, He will produce fruit within us and from us. And I would also add that worship is a crucial practice to glorify God in us in order that we are most satisfied in Him.
Looking carefully at the terrain before you, there are sections that provide even relief. Far less dangerous yet farther out and more strenuous to get there. Remote and exposed the farther out you go. Given in return is the time earned with the beauty experienced. More so it is often about what the experiences do from within. Ups and downs, seasons and valleys of life, to love and love others well.
“It is by far the grandest of all the special temples of Nature I was ever permitted to enter.” —John Muir
What I consider fascinating is this idea of the “Book of Nature” just as there is a book of scripture. First introduced to me by Dr. Hugh Ross as a scientific companion for observation and study. Not necessarily as a book per se, but as a philosophical idea that we are living within to read, measure, observe, test and understand. To quote Wikipedia, “The first use of the phrase [book of nature] is unknown. However, Galileo used the phrase, quoting Tertullian, when he wrote of how ” “We conclude that God is known first through Nature, and then again, more particularly, by doctrine; by Nature in His works, and by doctrine in His revealed word.”
To further see a physical manifestation of a book of nature, there is a medieval book of incunabula (Buch der Natur) which serves as a guide which also testifies of Ps 24:1, “The Earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. ” Both the book of scripture and the book of nature are used as a means to bring people to faith in Jesus Christ. Both books corroborate each other.
Contents of Buch of Natur (yr. 1475)
by Conrad of Megenberg
- The nature of man
- Sky, 7 planets, astronomy and meteorology
- Ordinary and aromatic trees
- Plants and vegetables
- Invaluable and semi-precious stones
- 10 kinds of metals
- Water and rivers.
What isn’t so obvious between these books is their relationship to God’s spiritual book of life as written about in Revelation 20:12. The books that were opened in John’s vision when he saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne. So in addition to the book of life, were the books of “nature” and scripture opened among them?
“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!”
Over the course of the last week, I have been spending a lot of time in Proverbs. After slowly and prayerfully going through 1st and 2nd Chronicles end-to-end, I sought to do the same in Proverbs. While coming to an end of the book, I have looked back on prior notes of impressions made. To compare what I thought then and what came to mind now. The supreme idea that wisdom gained is a chief interest. What folly looks like in principle and by example among the wicked, faithless and godless. That without wisdom we have no hope. By knowledge and humility we have a form of prosperity. As noted, there is no hope for the unwise and that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. -Mt 5:45
It is September 23rd and the Lord still makes his sun rise and his rains fall. Both on the just and the unjust. Where the beauty of his people still walk this earth. Where the love of Christ is still made plain to those who are his.
Fully extended upward over a range of many years. The growth of a stand of Sequoias that together proclaim their being. Their beauty and statue commands an observer to take notice in comparison to the rest of tree life in their immediate vicinity. A stand of Sequoias to visit at peace. To contemplate, to read, to photograph and to pray at a place most welcome.
Low elevation overcast skies at a distance to remind an observer of a different mood. By place and circumstance, there is a separation of daylight and darkened skies. To affect a perception among a population about the quality of the day. At least for awhile until the layer burns off. For a period of time while people go about their lives in a thin middle area between the earth’s surface and its cloud cover. A middle layer of providence and calm, or a layer to veil what is just beyond and what is to come.
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- Vanishing Act November 12, 2017
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Daily WordExodus 17:1 - 20:26 :
And all the congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin, after their journeys, according to the commandment of the LORD, and pitched in Rephidim: and there was no water for the people to drink. Wherefore the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said unto them, Why chide ye with me? wherefore do ye tempt the LORD? And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses, and said, Wherefore is this that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?