Our Wonderful Earth

By now you will be familiar with my love of cloud formations.  I’m no scientist so I couldn’t tell you anything about them but I love watching them drift across the skies in all their glory.  Occasionally I really see something in them.  For instance, (apologies if you’ve seen it before) this image, both at the time I took the photograph and every time I look at it since, I can’t help but see the Hand of God reaching out to his earth.

I get a real sense of my smallness when I gaze up at the vastness of the skies or across the expanse of the oceans.

I took this next one while sat in my garden because they just looked beautiful.  Even though there wasn’t much of a breeze going on, they gently floated across the sky constantly changing shapes.  It looks rather dark but it wasn’t, and although I haven’t managed to capture it very well, the lighter sections were filled with bright sunshine.
The heaven declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.  Psalm 19:1

If you would like to know more about clouds and their formation, and see some incredible photographs, a good place to start would be the National Geographic site.

My next set of images are from a couple of years ago and show the bounty we are blessed to be provided with.  Our wonderful earth provides all that we need and does so in abundance.  It never ceases to sadden (and madden 😠) me that between us we produce enough crops to literally feed the world.  But division, prejudices and hatred brought to bear through politics, religions and extremists in every corner within every nation, leaves millions of people without clean water or enough food to survive year in and year out despite the efforts of many organisations and individuals.

If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.  Proverbs 25:21

This was taken at the corner of a crossroads in a town not too far from home.  It was unspoilt and a joy to behold amongst the bricks and steel of the buildings all around, not to mention the heavy traffic.  Something of beauty to brighten everyone’s hearts and lift their spirits.

 “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  Luke 12:27

My final photographs are from our visit in 2013 to Israel where we had the privilege of stepping on the ground in the same places our Lord and Creator himself walked on the earth He created.

I won’t lie, at times we found ourselves quite disappointed and very heavy-hearted by the commercialism and disrespect that was so evident in many of the places considered sacred.  However, there was much, much more to be in awe of.  Regardless of commercialism, regardless of the decades that had passed, there were some places where this man named Jesus had walked.  The sea of Galilee was still the sea of Galilee and Jesus had been on these waters.  And now we were there too!  We took a boat on the sea of Galilee.  We walked on the same ground as Jesus had.  We sat in the actual Garden of Gethsemane.  Wow!

All of this was good.

It took our breath away and it returned to us with that goodness, that presence, that peace which really did transcend anything we had known and it began to permeate through us.  Making the smallest, yet profoundest of impressions on us.  Changing us then, and still now.  Beautiful.  Wonderful.  Glorious.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Romans 15:13

Inspiration from WPC:  Earth  You will find more wonderful photographs posted there by other lovely bloggers too 😊

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