“Be not afraid, you wild beasts of the field, for the pastures of the wilderness have sprung up and are green…” Joel 2:22a
We don’t usually see very many elk along the highways until Autumn, when the rut begins and breeding season commences. Just yesterday, on a trip to Lewistown, we were blessed with front row seats for a viewing of about a dozen bull elk, with antlers still in velvet. They were sparring and chasing each other playfully as they traveled out of the timbered Snowy Mountains and through a hay field. Until breeding season this bachelor group will likely hang together, but that all ends when the race to sire next year’s crop starts.
These are just another example of the magnificence of God’s wonderful creation!
To say we’ve had abundant rain in central and eastern Montana would be a tremendous understatement. While many of us have been challenged and tested by the record moisture, much of God’s creation has benefited and been refreshed by it, including the bathing Robin pictured below. The point of this post, however, is to simply point out that I’ve refreshed a couple of the galleries with new images. A few new pictures depicting insects have been added to the “Things That Creep” gallery and a number of wildflower and foliage images have been added to the gallery titled “From the Third Day.” I hope you enjoy them.
“I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 3:14)
Of the many photographic goals I have set for myself, near the top of the list was to capture an image of a Cedar Waxwing. Until now, I had only seen pictures of this incredibly beautiful bird. Virtually every image I have seen seemed so perfect that the bird almost looks fake. In my mind I couldn’t really believe that, if and when I ever saw one of these creatures, it would look so perfect. In a way I suppose I thought that when I actually saw a Cedar Waxwing it would almost be like finally seeing a movie that everyone raves about – but when you watch it, you are disappointed because it didn’t meet your expectations. Well, two days ago while in Ferndale, Washington and with no expectation to see any birds of unique significance, I finally saw several of these birds and got some images that actually exceeded my expectations. Because I needed to catch a plane, I didn’t have very much time to spend taking pictures, otherwise I would have been there for hours!
The images I captured were truly a prize to me, as they represent yet another outstanding masterpiece from God, the Creator. But this prize is temporal and lacks true significance when compared with the ultimate prize Paul refers to in Philippians 3:14. Eternal life in Heaven with Christ is indeed the ultimate prize that Christians anticipate. There can be no earthly prize that compares to what awaits us in Heaven. And I believe that regardless of our expectations, they will be far surpassed when we get there. To be there, with Him and all His glory will surely be an awesome prize to cherish and enjoy for life everafter.