What is it?
I downloaded the photos from my camera and remembered all except this one. I had no clue. If I was taking pictures with film and the developed photo looked like this, I would think there had been trash all over it. Or perhaps thought it was a shot from the movie Ghost that picked up the dark spirits passing by.
I reviewed the other photos from the download and retraced my day’s steps. Then I remembered this was a shot from the front yard and there was a flock of hundreds of blackbirds landing and circling in the peanut field across the road. Obviously my camera isn’t fast enough for rapidly moving blackbirds.
If you were able to tell what this was before I explained it, you were more perceptive than even me, who took the photo in the first place. But, I would think most folks were like I was at first – didn’t have a clue.
My confusion over the photo reminded me of Philip and the Ethiopian in the desert (Acts 8.) The Ethiopian was sitting in his chariot reading out loud from the 53rd chapter of Isaiah. Philip heard him read: “He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living”
Philip asked if he understood what he was reading, and the Ethiopian replied “How can I, except some man should guide me?” And Philip guided him through Scripture and he understood (in fact, came to saving faith and was baptized.)
At times we may feel like we don’t have a clue about a passage in the Bible. If prayer and meditation don’t provide clarity, that means it’s also time to ask someone to guide us. And, on the other side, there are Scripture passages we understand clearly. Along with prayer and meditation, that may be the opportunity to guide someone else.
“How can I, except some man should guide me?” Acts 8:31
Cloud Over the Tree Garden
These days smart phones have made it easy to take photos of anything and everything. Some worthwhile and some not. Here’s one I thought was worthwhile. I was cutting grass, listening to a Nero Wolfe mystery novel (on my smart phone). As I made the turn, this was before me. What a beautiful sight of God’s creation!
“The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” Psalm 19:1 ESV
Eyed Click Beetle
I found this bug while inspecting a power pole. (Looking for the pole’s birthmark – probably blog on that sometime). Since my head was rather close to the pole as I moved around it, the bug and I came eye to eye – and I flinched first. The fake eyes did what they were supposed to do, and made me back off.
I later looked it up and found it is an “eyed click beetle”. Definitely right on the eyes but didn’t get to hear it click.
“All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weighs the Spirit” Proverbs 16:2
Big, fake eyes don’t see much. But, the proverbs says our “eyes” (actually referring to our mind’s eye) see what we want to see – making excuses for the wrongs we do. But, the Lord sees clearly into our mind’s eye and on into our heart. Yet, He is still faithful and just to forgive us when we confess.
Praise the Lord for His big heart!
It’s a great blueberry season – and still going. You can see other pictures on the blog of my structure and netting I built to protect these from the birds. There probably will be enough to share without using the netting this year.
Two things I did – during winter, I cut them back rather severely (we have six large bushes over 6 feet high), and also had a soil test done showing the bed needed sulfur – which I added. And, as I said, wonderful crop this year.
We truly have an abundance of so many things – mainly God’s blessings.
“May there be abundance of grain in the land; on the tops of the mountains may it wave; may its fruit be like Lebanon; and may people blossom in the cities like the grass of the field” Psalm 72:16
“Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
who alone does wondrous things.
Blessed be his glorious name forever;
may the whole earth be filled with his glory!
Amen and Amen!” Psalm 72:18-19
Purslane in Pots
Sharon bought me this neat little flower pot holder several years ago. It’s a simple copper rod with a base to hold it up. It took a few seasons to discover that purslane fits it perfectly.
A bit of assurance to start the day:
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1
Day Lilies I
Day Lilies II
These are re-blooming day lilies, and they actually have a nice scent, too. They’ve been putting out blooms for a month now and show no signs of stopping.
We (I) need to remember our prayer shouldn’t be only asking for help, or mercy. Praising God should be a focus.
“Good and upright is the Lord: Therefore will he teach sinners in the way. The meek will he guide in judgement: and the meek will he teach his way.” Psalm 25: 8-9
Got a late start on the vegetables this year, but they seem to be catching up nicely.
Another good prayer from Psalm 25:
“O, keep my soul and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee.” Psalm 25:20