Sunday, July 23, 2017

Soul Mates

On the south side pond there were two ducks this morning. A domestic Peking duck and a wild female Mallard. They were mated together, we would call them soul mates.

Son 1:4  Take me with you. Let's run away. The king took me into his room. We will rejoice and be happy for you. Remember, your love is better than wine. With good reason, the young women love you. 
Son 1:5  Daughters of Jerusalem, I am dark and beautiful, as black as the tents of Kedar and Salma. 

The white duck leads the way leaving the pond and coming towards me on the bridge for a crust of bread. Nope, not from me. 

Son 3:11  Women of Zion, come out and see King Solomon. See the crown his mother put on him the day he was married, the day he was so happy! 

The pond is like a mirror this morning.

1Co 13:12... Now we see God as if we are looking at a reflection in a mirror. But then, in the future, we will see him right before our eyes. Now I know only a part, but at that time I will know fully, as God has known me. 

Another view of the mighty oak tree that fell. It's limbs dance and reach out to glorify the LORD.

Isa 55:12  For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

These tall Cottonwood trees grow with the native Valley Oaks.

The Button willow flowers are blooming like a flowered pin cushion.

Looking up the name of this flower showed me that there are thousands of flower types. Hundreds that are pink. I will call it a Lilac, until I know better.

One last look at the Soul Mates as they swim and follow me as I head home again.

Gen 29:18  Jacob loved Rachel, so he said to Laban, "I will work seven years for you if you will allow me to marry your daughter Rachel." 

Friday, July 21, 2017

8 PM Walk

I like the longer July days where it is still light at 8 PM. It is warm, but not 100+ as it was earlier in the day. My old familiar trail has been my place of prayer and meditation. 

Mar 1:35  And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. 
Mar 1:36  And Simon and they that were with him followed after him. 
Mar 1:37  And when they had found him, they said unto him, All men seek for thee. 

A landmark oak tree has fallen, being uprooted from much rain and wind. I had used this as a setting for portraits, the tree standing alone added strength to the pictures. Years of growth had the tree limbs twisted as they sought the light. It's bones now lay beside the path as a fallen reminder of it's greatness, reminding me of the bones of a dinosaur in a museum. It will grow no more.

Rev 2:4  Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 
Rev 2:5  Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. 

 An oak tree covered with lichens has endured many storms being in the protection of a dense forest of trees. Lichens are formed by a combination of algae and fungi. They are a food source for deer. Some lichens are used in making antibiotics.

A torny branch of a dead blackberry bush is supported by a steel rope. They remind me of the cursed ground and the chains of bondage to sin.

Isa 61:1  The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; 

The blackberries were sprayed with brush killer. They hang on the ropes of the guard rails looking like imprisoned souls in a concentration camp. The good news is that Jesus Christ has set the captives free and removed the curses.

Gal 3:11  But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. 

Gal 3:13  Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: 

Looking up at the trees, some of the limbs are bent seeking the sun light. This tree has a 90 degree angle like a framing square.

Isa 40:25  To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One. 
Isa 40:26  Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Baked Brain

This lizard is like me on this hot day. I have not walked in the park in five months. and it is the usual 100+ Summer heat.

Looking at the tree bark, the mid sees images. Maybe it is just the heat?

Jer 17:9  "Nothing can hide its evil as well as the human mind. It can be very sick, and no one really understands it. 
Jer 17:10  But I am the LORD, and I can look into a person's heart. I can test a person's mind and decide what each one should have. I can give each person the right payment for what they do. 

The geese are back, grazing grass in the shade of the old oak trees.

Jer 17:7  But those who trust in the LORD will be blessed. They know that the LORD will do what he says. 
Jer 17:8  They will be strong like trees planted near a stream that send out roots to the water. They have nothing to fear when the days get hot. Their leaves are always green. They never worry, even in a year that has no rain. They always produce fruit. 

Close to the ponds grows the Marsh Marigolds. This one has a skipper butterfly gathering nectar.

Pro 10:5  A son who works hard while it is harvest time will be successful, but one who sleeps through the harvest is worthless. 

Most pictures of dragonflies show that they have four wings. This one kept his wings together. Maybe he didn't want hot buffalo wings? Or is that another kind of hot? Looking up the name I found that it is called a Blue Dasher. They eat insects including mosquitos. They are a good thing to have around.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

A Sure Foundation

Last year a lovely two story home was built facing the river near the bridge. It was well back from the river, but the river is at an all time high now. I am hoping that the home was built on a solid foundation. A good foundation is very important but so many have nothing to stand on.

Job 22:15  Hast thou marked the old way which wicked men have trodden? 
Job 22:16  Which were cut down out of time, whose foundation was overflown with a flood: 
Job 22:17  Which said unto God, Depart from us: and what can the Almighty do for them? 

  A lot of water is pouring out of Shasta Dam and the river us running fast and wide. My foundation is God Almighty, who made all from nothing and who is everlasting.

Psa 102:25  Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. 
Psa 102:26  They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: 
Psa 102:27  But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end. 

There is a rock facade, that is facing the river water. Like this home, we must have more than an appearance of a solid foundation, it is the hidden foundation that matters.

Luk 6:46  And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? 
Luk 6:47  Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: 
Luk 6:48  He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. 
Luk 6:49  But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great. 

Unexpectedly the home is put to the test as the river waters wash away everything that is not on a good foundation.

1Co 3:10  According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. 
1Co 3:11  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 

I pray that the home will be undamaged by the river of adversity. When the river of adversity surrounds us, we too will be tested as to our foundation. Jesus is my foundation.

Eph 2:18  For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 
Eph 2:19  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 
Eph 2:20  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 
Eph 2:21  In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 
Eph 2:22  In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Hawk eye

To say that one has eyes like a hawk means that they see everything. Hawks do have keen eyesight. This one purposely flew over my shoulder as I was out near the bird feeder. He wanted the birds, not the seeds. There is one greater than the hawk and that is our creator. God sees everything, even the hidden thoughts of man.

Heb 4:13  Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. 

The Red Shouldered Hawk eyes me from the Persimmon tree. In politics a hawk is one who is wanting to go to war. I have seen dove feathers scattered in the yard as a reminder of a predator hawk. The dove is a peace loving bird, symbolic of the Holy Spirit. I will not go so far as to call the hawk the adversary, or the devil. They are beautiful birds. To prevent war we need strength and wisdom. A strong nation is a safer nation. Our nation needs to be united and trusting in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Mat 12:25  And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: 

Isa 31:5  As birds flying, so will the LORD of hosts defend Jerusalem; defending also he will deliver it; and passing over he will preserve it. 

The hawk looks over his shoulder perhaps at his bigger cousin.

High in a Sycamore tree a Turkey Vulture was drying his wings.

Northern California has so much rain that our Park is flooded and closed. 

Mat 5:43  Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 
Mat 5:44  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 
Mat 5:45  That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

California drought ended

We had our first snow in several years followed by 5 inches of rain

Job 37:5  God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend. 
Job 37:6  For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength.

The parking lot at the River park looks like a lake. The stones were to keep out vehicles that would do wheelies on the grass. 

1Pe 2:6  Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. 
1Pe 2:7  Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, 
1Pe 2:8  And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. 

The trails around the park were flooded.

The walking bridge to the fishing dock was under water. The four separate ponds have become one pond as the river flows in giving fresh new water. Maybe new fish too?

Eze 47:8  Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed. 
Eze 47:9  And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh. 

Another view of the fishing dock. The shelter is usually on high ground, but now submerged as high as the seat on the picnic bench. The bench is cement and secured. I remember in the 1970's seeing wood picnic benches floating down the river. I also saw a propane tank going downstream.

Psa 61:2  From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. 
Psa 61:3  For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.

There is snow  on the mountains and high water. The dam is almost full and releasing water. Two years ago the officials were saying that the drought would take many years and water was rationed with plans to conserve water. The Lord gave us plenty of water last year and a record amount this year. He heard the prayers of his children.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Morning Thaw

 It is after the morning Prayer breakfast that I was able to visit the park again. The trees are stark having lost their leaves. The sun felt good on my back as I walked.

It is unusual to see a Blue Heron like this on a manmade structure. It was upon the rail of the fishing dock thawing it's feathers  in the morning sun.

His feathers are ornate, reminding me of of a nineteenth century fashionable ladies hat, God designed him to be eloquent and reclusive. He is usually stomping or wading in the marsh looking for food. He normally would fly away as I approach. He did fly away with a sqwaaack, when I turned away from him. 

A close up of his one leg shows his talons grasping the pole. He is like the geese and ducks who sleep on one leg and with their head under a wing. Is this what is meant by the expression "get a grip"?

Rom 12:9  Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.

No head under wing here. This is Randy preening himself. He has been here with a broken wing since 2011. He is the only goose at the park on this winter day.

1Pe 3:3  Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—
1Pe 3:4  but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious. 

Pond reflections make a kaleidoscope design. The mirror image stimulates my imagination. Imagine that? It doesn't take much to entertain me when I am out in God's creation.

Jas 1:23  For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 
Jas 1:24  For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 
Jas 1:25  But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. 

The ground was slippery in spots so I watched as I walked. These leaves were in the path, they looked interesting. Looking closer I see the shape of an eagles head. Eaglewings Ministries will celebrate 18 years on aol this December 31. It has been a wonderful walk with the Lord.

Exo 19:4  You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself. 
Exo 19:5  Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; 
Exo 19:6  and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel."