2016: Page 317

Page 317 was a Saturday and while there was an autumn chill in the air, it was a beautiful fall day to spend with my family.  After a late work night on Friday, it was good to start today at a slower pace with no real schedule.  I started the day going through photos from yesterday’s lunch break and sharing a few on social media.  By late morning we were all up and ready to start our day for real.  We loaded up our camera equipment and stopped for lunch on our way out of town.  After lunch our first stop was Bonneyville Mills County Park near Bristol, Indiana to shoot a few photos of the scenery and the mill which was established in 1832.  While not running today, the mill is still operational and runs a seasonal schedule a few days a week.  The setting is beautiful and provides many photo opportunities but the mill is the central feature.  I enjoy knowing that the work and construction of past years is still being put to productive work.

The next stop of the day was Lowe’s, followed by Sam’s Club and WalMart to pick up a few things that were needed and a few things that were wanted.  After dropping off the groceries and supplies at home, we headed out to Potato Creek to catch the sunset.  Our first stop at the park was to see if the bald eagles were visible in the area where they are most often seen.  Sure enough, the pair of them were perched on a branch but it was a long way down the channel.  Even with my “bird camera”, the distance and lighting made it difficult to get pictures that were very good.  The good news, however, was that their location was at a spot that should be visible from a trail on the other side of the lake so we drove around to the trail head and set off on a short hike.  The big question as we walked down the trail is whether they stayed put or not.  It wasn’t long before we could see them through the brush sitting exactly where we had hoped to find them.  As the trail wound through the woods, MJ went ahead to see if there was a good opening to shoot some photos and I stayed back where I could watch them while Susan found a bench to wait on.  MJ got some great shots but eventually the eagles decided they were not comfortable with our presence and left their location with one of them taking up watch on the other side of the channel.  While this put him a little further away, it opened up a clearing where I could get some good photos of him with the background of an oak tree still dressed in its fall colors.  As we left the trail on a bluff overlooking the lake, the moon was reflecting brightly in the water below us and the western sky had a beautiful glow to it even though we had missed the sunset. While not what we went to the park expecting to photograph, today’s photo is the result of making the most of the opportunity that presented itself.

As I think about the day, my mind reflects on a God who is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  We often like to think that new automatically means better, but sometimes it just means new.  God’s Word tells us to look for the ancient path, for the old way, because it is still the only way to Him.  When Jesus said that He is the way, the truth, and the life, He expressed a truth that He is the only path to the Father.  The way of surrendered obedience continues to be the only way that works to grow in our relationship with the living God.  There may be ways that appear more modern, more productive, more appealing, and less work, but they do not lead to the same place as the road which is narrow and leads to eternal life.

I pray that you and I would seek to walk the path that leads to eternal life.  I pray that we would hold fast to God’s Word and follow it rather than dismiss it as out of date.  I pray that we would live as ones who are free because we have gazed into, and kept, the perfect law of God’s Word.

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