On the Jungle Cruise ride at Disneyland, the boat goes behind a waterfall. The guide says, “Now here’s something you don’t see every day – the backside of water. I, however, do see it every day.” Corny joke but I always laughed. Somehow it was even more funny that every guide said it every time, on every ride. They not only saw it every day, they said the same joke every day, all day long.
Here’s something I don’t see every day – the beach. I took this photo while in Australia. I walked on the boardwalk every morning, enjoying the beauty of the ocean, sand and even some wildlife.
What about the things we do see every day? I don’t live near a beach, but I am only a few miles away from a beautiful, 10,000 foot high mountain. I enjoy looking at it and am thankful for the natural beauty around me. What do you see every day? Do you long for the beach when you have a mountain in your backyard? Let’s appreciate all we have and see it for what it is: a gift from God.
You just never know what you’ll find when you go for a walk. This must have fallen out of the tree. I didn’t have my camera so I went home to get it and came back for the photos. Fortunately the batteries in my camera lasted just long enough!
The world lost a brilliant man last week. Steve Jobs made an amazing contribution to the world of technology and communication and will be missed. He said he wanted to make a ding in the universe. I guess you could say he made a big one.
I think we all want to make at least a little ding in the universe. Most of us won’t make much of a mark, and I’m not even sure that’s what God wants for Christians. He no doubt wants us to contribute as much as we can to this world, but very few will have the impact of people like Jobs, Henry Ford, Leonardo da Vinci, to name a few. For the rest of us, our contribution will consist of what we find in Bible verses such as Romans 12:18 – If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Philippians 4:5 – Let your gentleness be evident to all (or moderation, or consideration). John 13:35 – By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
We may not all be able to change the world as much as Steve Jobs, but we can all affect those in our spheres of influence by letting the Spirit produce his fruit in us. By loving people and treating each other with kindness, gentleness and patience, we can change the world by letting our lights shine in the darkness. Steve Jobs’ candle has gone out. May the candles of the rest of us continue to burn brightly.
As I came around the corner of my patio, I was stopped in my tracks by this little – rather big – praying mantis sunning himself on the block fence. He agreed to pose for me a couple of times before taking off.
The other day while out walking, I was praying about a speech for a women’s retreat. I plan to talk about Jesus so I was musing on who he is. I don’t remember which thoughts led up to remembering a favorite line from one of my all time favorite movies, Galaxy Quest, but somehow I got there. On an alien planet, the “captain” was trying to figure out how to fight a creature made up of a bunch of rocks. When Guy tells him to go for his vulnerable spots, the captain shouts, “he’s a rock, he doesn’t have any vulnerable spots.”
God is described as a rock and as far as I can tell, he doesn’t have any vulnerable spots either. But if we were to take the liberty of thinking of him in this way, we might say he does have one soft spot. It doesn’t make him weak or leave him open to attack. It’s not anything that would cause him to be overcome, like Kryptonite did to Superman. It’s not an Achilles heel.
God’s vulnerability if I may, is his love for us. His amazing love is what moved him to become human and live as one of us. It’s so deep he died for it – to take our sins upon himself and conquer death so we will live. Yes, he’s a rock, with no vulnerable spots, except maybe his love for his children.