2017: Page 145

Page 145 was a great family day that was full of good things right up to the end, so I’m writing this page the next morning. 🙂  The day began with the sky full of clouds and a steady breeze coming off the water.  We spent the morning at a county park and a botanical garden where, between the two, there were plenty of photo opportunities — including the photo that made today’s page.  While we were out, the clouds cleared and the sun came out to brighten the day.  We came back “home” for lunch and then finally made it to the pool.  After we had soaked in a fair amount of sun, we headed out for a late afternoon walk which resulted in ice cream for dinner.  Our evening was spent relaxing at the beach as we photographed the setting sun.  It is nice that we have a common hobby.  One of the ladies around us, who was also taking photos, commented that it looked like we had a competition going.  I told her, “no, just both of us doing something we enjoy.”  After the sun had set, it was back to the room to go through the 400 photos I had taken during the day.  My basic photo editing doesn’t work on the computer I have with me, so it was just time spent enjoying them as I browsed through looking for favorites and ideas for future photos.

Today’s photo was taken at the botanical gardens and it reminds me of how easy it is for things to bug me.  There are a lot of things in life that have the ability to “get under our skin” and bug us if we allow them to.  Yet many of those same things can help us to grow and become more effective in our walk with God if we would only learn from them.  Insects are not a favorite creature of mine, unless they’re butterflies, as a good number of them “bug” me.  Yet as I look at the beauty of the intricate detail captured in this photo, it serves to remind me of the beauty that God can make out of the things in life that tend to bug me.  Perhaps all of us need to pause and consider what God is working on whenever something bugs us.

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

  • A famous line says, “there’s no place like home.”  Yet, experience tells me there are many places like home if I have my family with me.
  • The writer of Romans says that mankind is without excuse when it comes to knowing God exists.  An observant walk through nature would say the same thing.
  • The value of experiencing life together is not defined by the monetary cost.
  • Family walks are great.  Family walks that result in an ice cream stop are even better!
  • It is possible to put forth your best effort and constantly try to improve without being in competition with someone else.
  • Always look for God’s work and beauty . . . even in the things that bug you.

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