Friday, October 24th, 2008 | Author:

When I need a little respite from the world, I get away from man-made things, and seek out God-made things. I did that today, and remembered to bring the camera with me. (Ha! Fibrofog doesn’t always win!) When I got there, I remembered (twice in one day!) that I can take video, too. I didn’t remember to bring the tripod with me (2 out of 3 ain’t bad) so these are a little shaky, but … turn the sound up and soak it in. Aah, isn’t that nice?

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  1. Hercules Mulligan says:

    Ah, so that is why I missed you and our little Friday conversations today! I knew you must be having fun somewhere else!

    I'm so happy you brought your camera and posted this (three cheers for your latest victory over fibrofogia!). Now I got to enjoy the wonders of creation with you. Well, kinda. Not the same as being there, but a shot is better than nothing. :)

    I think that you are right. Getting away from man-made things and seeking out God-made things is a great way to brighten the day. It works for me and my family.

    And (warning: symptom of chronic absorption of history ahead!) it worked for Hammy too!

    Here is his son's testimony of how Hamilton's faith thrived in the time he was able to spend at his newly-contructed home, The Grange (in what is now Harlem, NY):

    "His religious feelings grew with his growing intimacy with the marvellous [sic] works of nature, all pointing in their processes and results to a great pervading, ever active Cause. This his mind rose from the visible to the invisible; and he found the intensest pleasure in studies higher and deeper than all speculation. … It was the tendency to infidelity he saw so rife that led him often to declare in the social circle his estimate of Christian truth. 'I have examined carefully,' he said to a friend from his boyhood, 'the evidence of the Christian religion; and, if I was sitting as a juror upon its authenticity, I should unhesitatingly give my verdict in its favor.' To another person, he observed, 'I have studied it, and I can prove its truth as clearly as any proposition ever submitted to the mind of man.'"

    Even the Psalms beautifully express the wonders of God's creation. I guess God knows more about beauty and wonder than we do. Thank God for His creation!

    Thanks again for posting this!

    Your humble & obdt. servt.

  2. akaGaGa says:

    “His religious feelings grew with his growing intimacy with the marvellous [sic] works of nature,”

    What a great quote, Herky, thanks! In my case, it was the reverse. Growing up in a tiny rural hamlet, the God I knew first was the God of creation. I was forever wandering off to play in the woods, coming home with pockets full of nuts and rocks and pretty leaves – and the occasional critter. :)

    Before I was saved, if anybody asked me if I believed in God I had a stock answer: “Of course,” I would say. How else would tiny acorns turn into giant oak trees? How else could babies be born with ten perfect little toes and fingers?

    I missed talking yesterday, too, but after running errands and taking videos … I needed a nap. :)

    God bless, Herky, and have a wonderful weekend.

  3. Hercules Mulligan says:

    That’s pretty neat, Jean. It’s nice that you had that understanding of God from His apparent creation. Do you think that made you more open to the Gospel?

    I know someone whose story is very similar. Because she believed in the existence of God, and a right and wrong, the Gospel was more than abstract religion to her. And when she heard it and understood it, she became born again.

    Nice talking to you again. :)

    Have a great weekend.

  4. akaGaGa says:

    In retrospect, I’m sure it was all part of God “prepping” me, Herky. Another key was an answered prayer – when I was 10 years old!

    But the final touch was living with the guilt of a sin for seven years. When someone told me about forgiveness and being born again (a five-hour “conversation” on the internet!) I was thinking, “I’ve done it my way for 39 years. I’m ready to do it God’s way.” We prayed, the Holy Spirit touched me, and the rest, as they say, is history. :)

  5. Hercules Mulligan says:

    Neat! Thanks for sharing. :)

    P.S. You have something in your inbox. Breathe a sigh of relief — it’s not as big as my last delivery!