2017: Page 49

Page 49 was a family day spent sightseeing and taking photographs.  My spring cold/sinus crud makes me wear down much more quickly than usual, so the writing of this page is being written the following morning as my mind was too tired to do so last night.  Our first stop was at France Park in Logansport, Indiana because I had read about a waterfall there that should be worth photographing — at least for Indiana standards. 🙂  Today’s photo is of that waterfall as it met expectations, and even more.  In addition to the waterfall, what appears to be the park’s centerpiece is an old limestone quarry filled with water and various trails around it and through the park.  After photographing the waterfall, we took a trail around the perimeter of the quarry and was able to view the vibrant blues and greens of the water from the edge of a cliff overlooking the lake.  

We’ve been through Logansport many times on our way to various parks and sightseeing adventures, but this was our first stop here.  I am always amazed at how much natural beauty goes by unnoticed for a variety of reasons.  Sometimes we’re not paying attention to it and we walk/drive right by.  Other times we simply haven’t heard that it even exists.  And then there are the times we have looked but didn’t have good information, or failed to follow the instructions given.  It kind of sounds similar to some of the reasons so many miss out on the beauty of God’s love.  Many people are simply living life day to day and moment to moment at such a pace that they never stop to look around and notice the presence of God’s love that could be theirs.  Other people simply haven’t heard, or at least haven’t heard in a believable manner, that God is real and He loves them.  Then there are those who are searching but either don’t know where to start or are following bad information — or simply ignoring the instruction given because they don’t like it.

Many times people will see photographs I have shared and ask where they were taken and how they can get there.  One of the reasons I like taking photos is because it gives me the opportunity to share some of God’s beauty and some of His story.  It would do all of us well to be intentional about living our life and sharing it in such a way that people ask where we got what we have and how they can get it.  Just as important as living and sharing, is “to always be ready to give an answer for the hope that lies within you.”  When the people around you see that God’s love exists, and hear from you in a believable way about its presence in your life, it is important to give them accurate information about how they too can be in relationship with the living God.

As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:

  • Schedules are great but there are times our mind and body says, “That’s enough for today.”  We would do well to listen to them as much as possible.
  • Hearing about something and experiencing it are two different things.
  • There is great value to be found in the old adage that we need to “stop and smell the roses” from time to time.
  • If you’ve ever had someone share about a place in a way that convinced you that you “just have to go there”, then you have a glimpse into how you ought to be sharing about your relationship with God.
  • Looking for something in a place where it is not can be quite frustrating and discouraging.  We must be careful to “seek the Lord while (and where) He may be found” and to do so according to the instructions given in His Word.
  • Your life ought to be lived in such a way that people see a hope in you that is desirable enough that they ask about it.  Then be ready with an answer.

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