In an eggshell, here are last week’s photos—snapped from the truck, mostly. Through the windshield, through the shotgun seat glass, both smeared with smashed bugs and rain.
Photos blurred by speed, as we drove a mountain highway: the North Cascades Highway. Washington State Route 20.
As instructed, we took our masks and gloves and disinfectant. Towed our self-contained little trailer for the sake of social distance. Hoped that someplace, somewhere was uncontaminated.
Couldn’t find it, no matter how spectacular the landscape. The problem was this: wherever we went, there we were, carrying a virus far worse than Covid-19.
Some people call that infection human nature. Others call it fear. Or selfishness. Or sin. Regardless, we see its symptoms in our streets, on the news, in us . . .
Everywhere, actually. Evidence of the first global pandemic, ongoing.
Nothing new here. Nature’s been teaching about it—and the cure—for a very long time.
Come see. Come to the mountains with me. Walk (and read) slowly. Watch nature illustrate life—and point to Hope’s antibodies.
With Glacier Flour Stirred In.
Like mortar and pestle, rock and glacier produce silt that flushes into Washington’s Diablo Lake. Sunlight catches the particles, and—voila—turquoise!
“A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.”
“For out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.”
“Don’t fool yourselves. Bad friends will destroy you.”
“. . . they failed to ask the Lord’s advice.”
Follow the Expert.
Physical. Emotional. Doesn’t matter. No one navigates the steepest cliffs well without wise instruction.
“Do horses run on the rocky crags? Does one plow there with oxen? But you have turned justice into poison, and the fruit of righteousness into bitterness . . .”
“Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God.”
“Do not say, ‘I’ll pay you back for this wrong!’ Wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.”
“If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you.”
“Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.”
“I love the Lord, for he heard my voice;
he heard my cry for mercy.
Because he turned his ear to me,
I will call on him as long as I live.”
Rest Your Eyes, Heart.
“May the mountains bring peace to the people and the hills bring righteousness.”
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”
When You Rope Up
“He enables me to negotiate the rugged terrain.”
“In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.”
Blessings, Friends. Meet you here next week.
Watching Nature, Seeing Life: Through His Creation, God Speaks