Felt like I stepped into a dream last night as we walked through the Chihuly exhibit at the Denver Botanical Gardens. The lights, color and reflections of this area were like a fantasy land. Thought I’d share it for the Dreamy photo challenge. The women in our group loved the colors and designs but the men wondered “why?” and how all the huge glass had been shipped in. Funny how we are different :)
He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth,
with its top reaching to heaven,
and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.
An enormous mass of Humanity gathered at Lambeau Field, the third largest NFL stadium, for a Green Bay Packers game. With the capture on the big screen this shot includes most of the 78,000 fans. Go Pack Go!
Jumping into the Fray of this week’s photo challenge is the Eisenhower Tunnel, the highest vehicular tunnel in the world at an elevation of 11, 158 feet and the longest US mountain tunnel at 1.6 miles long. 60 miles west of Denver, it runs under the Continental Divide and cost 260 million dollars when it was built 40 years ago. It is a monumental feat of engineering.
After you pass through the tunnel and start the downward trek toward Denver, there are numerous signs like the one below, warning truckers of the dangerously steep climb down the Rocky Mountains.
Before the mountains were born
Or You gave birth to the earth and the world
Even from everlasting to everlasting
You are God
Robin Williams died of an apparent suicide today. Life is hard. Sometimes life is very hard. Some of us have struggles that never let up and pound relentlessly against our minds and hearts for years, decades, even lifetimes. Many of us get to the dangerous point where we can’t take it anymore.
I pray for the desperate, that somewhere, even in the lost crannies at the back of their minds, they would keep a sliver of hope alive that a powerful and loving God exists. Then, perhaps, when that pinnacle of crisis comes, when the darkness is so overpowering that they have no strength left to fight it, that they would turn to Him in agony and cry for help.
In our most desperate hour is when He proves Himself the mightiest to save. When we have nowhere else to turn, and all is dark, confused and horrible around us, if we’ll turn for just a moment and sob our terrible helplessness to Him, He will come running to save us from ourselves. In that most difficult moment of humility He lifts us out of the sheer darkness of our lives and sets us in a new place. He rescues us from our hell and, miracle of miracles, seats us in a place full of hope, joy, and peace.
Don’t let your heart become so hard that you can’t believe in the Almighty at all. If you do, you may not allow yourself to find Him or even think to look for Him when that critical crisis slams into your life with a frightening force you didn’t expect. Give yourself a bit of hope. As Jerry McGuire said, “We live in a cynical world.” If we let it, cynicism will dry up our hearts and sap every last vestige of our hope.
My photo shows a beautiful path. He has a great path for all of us as well. One of great beauty, with green grasses, blue skies, overwhelming love. And with a clear path, a straight path. That path is not always easy but it can be full of that rescuing love every day of your life. This is truly a spiritual mystery. I cannot logically explain it, I cannot prove it by scientific methods, but it happened and Jesus radically saved my life 20 years ago. His saving love is available to all of us, when we most need it.
May Robin rest in peace. And may his family be comforted by God’s sweet peace.
“It is in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for.” Eph 1:13 (MSG)
Found such joy at the Chihuly exhibit at the Denver Botanical Gardens. I was awed by the colors and the shining beauty of the blown glass intermingled with the breathtaking flowers, all in full bloom. Wow. If you ever get the chance to see his work, don’t miss it, go.
Until I made peace with God I never experienced joy. I thought I had…my wine made me happy and numbed my hurts. I partied hard and thought I was having a good time. But there is nothing in this world like the warm, melting, sweet peace of God way, way down deep in your soul. Better than any drink or drug. I took a big swig of that love-joy this Saturday as I “enjoyed” this fabulous display of man-made and God-made art. Delicious.
So that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company.