Friday, January 10, 2014

Five-Minute Friday: See

I've lived in Arizona my whole life but I have never been to the Grand Canyon.  The pictures I've seen are beautiful.  Everyone I know who has been there says that the pictures don't do it justice.  You just have to be there.  I won't know it's true awesomeness or feel that same sense of wonder until I see it myself.

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I went on a missions trip to Jamaica once.  We were working at a children's home that sits at the top of the Blue Mountains.  I will never forget the refreshing mountain air, cool and pure.  Birds of Paradise, ferns, Hibiscus and other unfamiliar tropical flowers lined the mountains ledge.  Beyond was the city of Kingston, and beyond still, the ocean.  The colors of water and sky blended in the distance and it was hard to tell where the water ended and the sky began.  Each evening, billowing clouds would roll by and the sky was set ablaze with a radiant sunset.  Unless you have made the winding fourteen mile trek up that mountain, you will not fully know what I mean in spite of my best attempt at describing it.  You have to see it for yourself.


 

I feel the same way about God and grace.  I wish I could paint with words in a way that you can see and understand who He is.  But words are not enough.  A person cannot fully know the beauty and feel the awe of who God is unless they have experienced Him for themselves. I want others to know grace for more than just a word.  If you don't know God, can I invite you to taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8)?  If you haven't experienced His grace, can I invite you to come a little closer and get to know Him better?  And when you have, then you will understand this awe and this love that I feel for an amazing God.  Then you will see exactly what I mean.

I've joined other writers for Five-Minute Friday at lisajobaker.com

18 comments:

  1. "I wish I could paint with words in a way that you can see and understand who He is. But words are not enough." So very true. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from FMF

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  2. I'm coming from FMF. Isn't God's world and His grace amazing? I love Colorado and the Rocky Mountains, but it just doesn't look the same in pictures as in real life. You have a beautiful piece. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you, Melinda. I have friends in CO and would love to visit there!

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  3. Beautiful! And although we can almost "see" it in your pictures and words, it is true that the experience is so much better. However, I thank you for sharing with us.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Maxine!

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  4. You know what? I just love every time you write. It's so refreshing and amazing, and I can't wait till the next time!!

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    1. I love hearing from you. Thanks again for such encouragement!

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  5. I'm visiting from Five Minute Friday, and I just have to say how gorgeous your photographs are, and I could only imagine how much more beautiful the actual creation is. I love how God reveals Himself to us through the beauty of His creation, but He is even more amazing. God bless!

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    1. I'm so glad you stopped by Anna. And yes, we have an amazing God!

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  6. "taste and see that the Lord is good" (Psalm 34:8)

    What a wonderful reminder that God has good things planned for his children.

    And grace really is such a beautiful word. Something I've only recently in the last few years started to understand.

    Thanks for your post!

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    1. Thank you LeeAnn! I wish i had discovered grace sooner !

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  7. Good Morning Liv!

    I'm Cassandra visiting via FMF. Nice to meet you!

    I remember very well the first time I saw the Grand Canyon. You are right - just like the awesomeness of God's love, you can't fully perceive it until you experience it. His immeasurable grace and mercy takes your breath away. Very good post.

    God Bless You and have a great week!

    ~ Cassandra from Renaissance Women

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    1. Thanks Cassandra! Nice to meet you as well! I hope to see the GC one day!

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  8. So so true- great job painting such a beautiful picture :)
    Blessings & Grace to You !
    Heather

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    1. And to you too, Heather! Thank you!

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  9. Oh my heavens! What beautiful photos!! And I know what you mean by wishing to be able to paint with words to make others see!!! Such a lovely post!

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