I was in Orlando last week for the Children’s Pastor’s Conference and will be posting more about that on Kidology.org, but I wanted to post some pictures from the Coranado Springs Resort where I stayed. But I have to tell you something about myself… I don’t take the usual pictures! I like to see what others walk right past. All of the pictures below (and it was hard to narrow down the ones I wanted to post) were taken right off the path at the resort. Behind a bush, down by the water, over a bridge, beside a building, etc. At my new slower pace of life I am taking more time to slow down and open my eyes to the beauty around me, and it was actually fun to be stopping and taking close up pictures of nature in a very ‘man-made’ place with people scurring past me in a hurry to get to the amusement park or other activities. Several times people stopped and asked, “What are you taking a pictures of?” surprised to see me kneeling or hunched over where there didn’t really appear to be anything worth the effort… but I think these pictures prove that if we slow down and take the time to look a little closer, we will see beauty that we would have missed if we were too much in a hurry to “get somewhere”, literally or figuratively.
ENJOY! (each is larger if clicked on) and forgive me for finding spiritual commentary in every view of nature I see…
These are not flowers, they are tiny petals on a large flower!
See the tiny bug in the lower left hand corner?
He was unseen until later on the computer when I zoomed
into a picture that included over one hundred of these petals.
If we allow God to zoom into us and look closely,
He will slow us the tiny preditors of our hearts so we can remove them!
Why is water so refreshing?
Just being in the presence of water is relaxing.
Maybe that’s why Jesus called Himself “Living Water?”
Beaty and Life, springing forth
even in the midst of a flood of water.
If they weren’t so tiny, you could take these for popcicles!
Reaching out in all directions bringing color to a dark
and otherwise drab plant. We have the same opportunity,
in a drab world, to spread color and life in every direction!
This gorgeous flower lay hidden out of sight… missed by most.
I had to brush aside lots of common leaves to discover it.
Who is near you, reflecting God’s amazing gifts,
but you miss because you only see the leaves?
Fruit that is hard to get at past the prickly protection.
Some people are the same, their defenses can keep you
from getting to know them, unless you are willing to
get pricked a little to get closer. It’s worth it.
The worship leader at CPC this year was Micheal Neale, one of the worship pastors at a Florida church with some 18,000 members and something like 15 weekend servies. (Can’t remember the exact figures, just remember having a hard time picturing it!) He was awesome. It had to be the best CPC worship in the 20+ CPCs I’ve been too. (Though Scott Wesley Brown was my favorite up until now) There just was no ‘performance’ in him at all, he just humbly and naturally led us into God’s presence. As my roomate said it, “He was a spiritual usher… just welcoming and guiding us into God’s presence.”
Here is a Mac-made video of more pictures and one of the songs that hit me to hardest (in a good way) during this God-encountering week at CPC: (Michael Neale singing)
Praising God in the Beauty of His Creation