Autumn Trees - Still Water
R E F L E C T I O N S
Thoughts on nature and the Christian faith - 11/11/19
"The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his
face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord
lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace."
- Num. 6:24-26
Sometimes God gives us just what we need when we need it. I traveled to this backwater area before sunrise to photograph the reflections of the autumn trees in the still water. Even before I arrived I knew what I wanted to photograph wasn't going to happen. There would be no reflections because the wind was disturbing the water. There would be no color on the trees because the trees had not turned yet. And, to top it off, a heavy fog had blanketed the area. So, there I was, half asleep staring at nothing. The day this happened my wife had experienced yet another setback in her recovery from a series of operations which had drained both of us emotionally. I found myself thinking, what more can go wrong? On the one day when Jo was able to travel with me and wait in our Jeep while I tried to photograph, I was looking at nothing but a curtain of fog. Where are you God? Can't you give us a break? And then I saw it. It was only a touch of light at first, but it began to move across the water and the color began to change into a warm orange. A few dead trees in the water became silhouetted. The Lord had made his appearance known to a poor, bitter, complaining sinner. I took this image, an image of when the Lord was gracious to me, when he made his face to shine upon me and give me peace. Numbers 6:24-26 is sometimes used as a benediction at the close of a worship service. But this time, God gave it to me as a prompt to start worship. What did his appearance give to me? It gave me what I should have had all along - peace. - John