Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Postcards from God part 1

The greatest thing about travel is seeing new places that make you think a little harder about how the world works. So I thought I'd share some pictures from my trip with y'all accompanied by some scripture verses. I admit I stole the idea from the Dallas Morning News, who did a really print version once.

These are from Death Valley National Park, which some might call truly God-forsaken, but I don't think so. Oh, and if you click on the pictures, they'll blow up much bigger.



"I lift up my eyes to the hills— where does my help come from?"
Psalms 121:1

Salt flats in what used to be an ocean.
"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men." (Matt. 5:13)






"A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. Some fell on rock, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture." (Luke 8:5-6)




"Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands." (Deut. 8:2)





2 comments:

Anonymous said...

"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men."

what does that mean?
now that i have lost my flavor i am no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled by men?

Diane Haag said...

Here are the next couple of verses, which might help:

"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."

I'm no Biblical scholar, but I've always taken the verses to mean that we are given certain talents and passions by God. If we don't use those then we are wasting our lives.