We took another trip to Whiskeytown Lake
and to a creek, called Brandy Creek. Along the way we saw hidden
Isa 45:2 I will go before thee, and make
the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut
in sunder the bars of iron:
Isa 45:3 And I will give thee the treasures of
darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the
LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.
Christmas berries or Toyon Berries
brightened the shoreline. By Christmas, there are attractive red berries to add a cheerful
note to the winter landscape and to provide a feast for robins, mockingbirds and
Luk 1:30 And the angel said unto
her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
Luk 1:31 And,
behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call
his name JESUS.
Luk 1:32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of
the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father
Luk 1:33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of
his kingdom there shall be no end.
This seed looks like an eye. It is a
buckeye seed from the Buckeye bush. Ohio is called the Buckeye state. We have
buckeyes growing in this area too.
Isa 64:4 For since the beginning of the
world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O
God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.
The branches of the Manzanita are often
used as money trees at wedding receptions. It is a very hard wood, with smooth
bark that peels off as it grows.
1Ch 16:33 Then shall the trees of the
wood sing out at the presence of the LORD, because he cometh to judge the earth.
1Ch 16:34 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy
endureth for ever.
Follow the road
Deu 11:16 Take heed to yourselves, that
your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship
Deu 11:17 And then the LORD'S wrath be kindled against you, and he
shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her
fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the LORD giveth
Deu 11:18 Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in
your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as
frontlets between your eyes. Deu 11:19 And ye shall teach them your children,
speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the
way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
1Ki 17:6 And the ravens brought him
bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank
of the brook.
1Ki 17:7 And it came to pass after a while, that the brook
dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.
1Ki 17:8 And the word
of the LORD came unto him, saying,
1Ki 17:9 Arise, get thee to Zarephath,
which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow
woman there to sustain thee.
There is a bridge over the creek. This
reminds me of a church theme, "Getting to the other side." We are to enjoy
life's journey, seeking his presence along the way to our final destination with
Jos 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you
to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods
which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods
of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will
serve the LORD.
Looking down on the creek I see many
fish and golden leaves floating as treasures to enjoy.
Pro 8:20 I lead in the way of
righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:
Pro 8:21 That I may
cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.
Looking closer I can see it is important
to focus and what we look upon can change our outlook. The rain made circular
patterns on the creek.
Mat 14:28 And Peter answered him and
said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
Mat 14:29 And
he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the
water, to go to Jesus.
Mat 14:30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was
afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto
him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou
Hidden beneath the rain textured surface
were a fisherman's delight. Many trout to catch. Where's my pole? Are we looking
at the distractions or are we finding the catch?
Mar 1:17 And Jesus said unto them, Come
ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.
The creek flows with fresh
Jer 2:13 For my people have committed
two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them
out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.
We have many choices and paths to go
Psa 27:11 Teach me thy way, O LORD, and
lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.
Look for the hidden
treasures along the way. The oak leaves bring a feast to the eyes. Seeing,
hearing, touching, tasting; these are all gifts from God. Use them to make the
most of your journey.
Psa 34:7 The angel of the
LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
Psa 34:9 O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that