Simply Incredible

 

Bleeding Heart Photo by Sherri Woodbridge
Bleeding Heart
Photo by Sherri Woodbridge

Father, it is hard for me to understand Your ways –
the way You created the world
out of nothing.
It is incredible to me.
Simply…
Incredible.

The way You provided a sacrifice for Isaac.
At just the right moment.
Out of nowhere.
Miraculous.
And Abraham knew that you would!
Simply…
Miraculous!

The way You parted the Red Sea.
The way You allowed the Israelites to cross over the dry sea.
The way You brought the waters back down to the earth.
To protect Your people.
How merciful You are.
How mighty.
How just.

You allowed Joseph to undergo persecution from his own brothers –
You allowed him to be bent low in order to raise him up.
There is always something greater,
always something better,
always something someone will not understand.

It is hard for me to understand,
how You became a man –
why you would choose to dwell down here with us on this earth,
among our dirt and our grime.

It is hard for me to understand,
why You would choose to sacrifice Your life for me.
I know who I am.
I know what I am.
You know even better.
And yet you love me –
That is hard for me to understand.

And yet, how grateful I am!
How deeply thankful that You don’t ask me to understand!
Just to believe.
Just to trust.
And that is,
simply…
incredible.

This Week’s Offering: May 11

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and you will find rest for your souls… Matthew 11:28-29

…You are a shield around me, O LORD; you are the lifter of my head… Psalm 3:3

In the moring , O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation… Psalm 5:3

To the faithful, you show yourself faithful… Psalm 18:25

I trust in Your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in Your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me… Psalm 13:5-6 

….in You they trusted and were not disapponted…   PPsalm 22:5

…You heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help… Psalm 31:22

Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame… Psalm 34:5

…my eyes are fixed on You, O Sovereign LORD; in you I take refuge… Psalm 141:8

How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! … Psalm 139:117

You’re with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me… Psalm 23:4

You, O LORD, keep my lamp buring; my God turns my darkness into light… Psalm 18:28

He is a sheeld for all those who take refuge in HIm… Psalm 18:30

He reaches down from on high and ttakes hold of me; He draws me out of deep waters… Psalm 18:16

He leads me beside still waters, he restores my soul.. Psalm 23:2-3

 

Photographing and Shooting

I have been doing a lot of thinking lately. Someone recently told me that I was obsessed with taking pictures. In a bad way. I admit, it hurt. And I thought long and hard about this and while I’ve thought about it, I haven’t taken any pictures. Until today.

I awoke earlier than usual to a familiar sound. The birds were singing. I knew by their songs that outside at the feeders there were Chickadees and Juncos, Finches and Doves, Hummingbirds and the ever pesky Blue Jays. I couldn’t stand it.

I got up, got dressed, grabbed the camera, and while everyone else was still sleeping, I was shooting birds. Not literally.

First, I shot the hummingbirds – two babies and their nattering mommy, telling them to be careful of that lady with that big black thing strapped around her neck. To which they responded to her by sticking out their tongues and talking back. Not very honoring, but very amusing to watch.

Next, the other birds beckoned me with their chatter. I walked toward the fir tree where the other feeders hang and of course they – all flew off. In the summer months, as I work in the garden, they will stay and eat because they’ve gotten used to me being out there with them.  I stood off to the side of the tree and waited. And, one by one they came back. The Juncos and the Chickadees, the Finches and a new little bird I didn’t recognize. So – I shot them, too.

After a few more photos of the hummingbirds, I grabbed my purse and keys and went hunting for more birds to shoot. I drove through the outskirts of town where the orchards and the vineyards lie. Grapevines were still rich in colors of rusts, bronze, golds and purples. Orchards were barren trees spotted with unwanted, golden pears. I saw cows who wondered why I was shooting them. And then I saw my favorite of the morning.

Two red-tailed hawks sat atop a telephone pole in silence as I approached. I slowed and stopped. No one was coming and so – I shot them. And then, one flew off and so I shot him from behind as the other one watched, as if saying to him (or her – I can’t tell), “Chicken.” I would think that would be an insult to a bird of prey. The one left perching let me shoot him several more times without flinching. I tried hissing like a snake, roaring like a lion – anything to get him to fly so I could shoot him in flight. He just looked at me as if I was crazy. As I drove away, I laughed. Perhaps I am.

Down the road an American Kestral waited for me to shoot him before he chickened out and flew off.

One thing that bothers me when I am out shooting little creatures and such is how fast people drive. I was going slow, I was enjoying God’s gifts and this guy just races around me as if he’s got a pregnant wife in labor, inside the car. But that wasn’t the case. He was alone. And it is at times like that I wonder, “Do you know what you’re missing? Have you noticed the colors? The details?” Perhaps I am obsessed, but I don’t think of photographing God’s creation as an obsession. If it is, it’s an obsession with the Creator because what excites me, what prompts me to take pictures is the beauty I see. The amazing color wheel God created and dips his brushes in to paint the sunrise and the sunset, the feathers on each different bird, each cow, each fallen autumn leaf. You usually won’t find me photographing man-made creations (unelss it’s a picture one of my grandkids drew).

When questioning whether I am obsessed or not, I came to this conclusion: my love for photography can be attributed to a love for God and His marvelous, majestic creation. For me, it is a form of worship. It is impossible for me to separate the two from one another. If some think that is an obsession, so be it. I can’t think of a better one (unless of course, writing about being obsessed with a marvelous God).    

The Week in Pictures – December 6, 2014

It seems crazy that Thanksgiving was little more than a few days ago. Just days since we tried stuffing Josie full of turkey and potatoes in a cooperative effort to squeeze the happy-where-he was out of mommy’s tummy and into this world of bright lights and loud, scary noises, and cold breezes that blow. However, though he had a mind of his own and refused to concede to our desires, to appease his followers, he did make his debut on Saturday morning, November 29th, as a healthy 6 pound 14 ounce little man and was given the handsome name of Finn McKenzie Woodbridge. And yes, he is perfect. 

Thank you, God.

First day…

Third day…

One week…

 

Sparrow

Moon at Midday

Mallard Duck

Mallard Ducks in Flight

Golden Sunset – untouched “Amber Gold”

I love this picture!

Enjoy this next week!