This blog is mostly about images. A photo captures a moment in time and lets us slow down long enough to see the rich texture of the life all around us. It's mostly for my own amusement, but if you stumbled here somehow, please enjoy.

Thursday, January 27, 2011


"How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!" (Ps. 119:103)

Truth is I don't have that much of a sweet tooth.  But most of us can relate to the desire for something sweet. How challenging that God's word can and should have such appeal!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Wait For Me!

I struggled to decide whether to call this "Two's company, three's a crowd" (as my grandma often said) or the title I ended up with.  Something in this photo makes me think the trailing member of this Lima Lima Flight Team (based in nearby Naperville) is struggling to keep up. 

I guess there are times we all feel we're pushing hard just to keep pace.  Ironically, the answer is often not to push harder but to slow down enough to make sure our efforts are effective and focused on the important things.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Pleasant Lines

The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage. (Psalm 16:6)

Some boundaries are more obvious than others and we don't always appreciate them, at least initially.  Then life brings experiences where we realize the lines we didn't fully understand have value after all.  David's expression in this Psalm seems clear that he learned to be thankful, even to exult, in the good heritage of clearly defined boundary lines.  It's a heritage I likewise share and for which I am deeply grateful.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Who Makes the Ice?

"Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it?" (Job 38:29)

Another offering from that impressive response from God to Job.  We awoke this past Sunday to this view from the warm home of some dear friends.  Glory to God!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Buds of Hope

"For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations."
(Isaiah 61:11)

It's a little early to "think spring" but I can't help it during this blustery January in the Midwest!  It's a comfort to know that the buds that will spring forth are hiding beneath the snow.  A good thing to remember when life gets dreary and bleak -- the seeds of better days are there, though hidden for now.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Span of Heaven

"Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?" (Isaiah 40:12)

It's a good question.  I remember one of the first times flying in an airliner as a kid, seeing the "span" of the heavens stretching along the horizon, and pondering the vastness of creation. Who but God has measured out the span of heaven?

Monday, January 3, 2011

Little Help

This Boeing 737-700 is a technologically advanced airplane, capable of carrying 140 passengers over 3500 miles at speeds approaching 500 mph.  Yet it relies on a couple of guys in a tug to push it back from the gate to a position where it can taxi by itself.  (Sure, it could deploy its thrust reversers at the gate but probably not without blowing the glass out of the terminal windows!)

The Bible has many references to help us understand how much we need each other; even the "strongest" among us.  One of my favorites is from Ecclesiastes 4:9-12:
"Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken"
It's OK to ask for help--we need each other!