a photoblog of God's handiwork.

Oh, the things I’ve seen…

Near our home is an odd rock outcropping from which sprouts an old, dead Ponderosa Pine tree trunk. The trunk has been weathering away for many years, and the Lord only knows how many years ago that old tree first sprouted. There were most likely many tough years that challenged the tree’s survival, as this is country prone to drought and harsh weather. To make matters worse, our soil is very shallow and the tree essentially set root in solid sandstone! Oftentimes I’ve wondered about the things that sentinel has witnessed over the years, from the days when Indians hunted buffalo here on the bluffs, and while Texas steers grazed through these highlands of the Musselshell River Valley, and eventually the arrival of fences, tractors, roads and homes. Oh, the things that sentinel must have seen!

I photographed that old tree yesterday, knowing only the outline of the story that would accompany it; a story of the past, leading to the present, offering hope for the future. The more I studied that photo, it seemed to beg for a poem. Unfortunately, I am not a poet by any stretch of the imagination.  A quick search engine query brought me to a poem on another blog, CHRISTian poetry. Deborah Ann Belka’s poem, ‘Oh, the things I’ve seen,’ was the perfect complement to the image, as is the Scripture she tied to the poem, from Isaiah 40:8 – “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.”

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6 responses

  1. I love your blog! I grew up in Montana, have a deep love of nature, and of the Lord. Thank you for sharing!!!

    November 8, 2016 at 10:48 am

    • Thank you Christi, and welcome to His Creation!

      November 8, 2016 at 8:09 pm

  2. Evelyn Holbrook

    Ken, both the picture and the poem are outstanding and beautiful! Thanks; Evelyn

    October 8, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    • Thank you, Evelyn! I was pretty excited to find a poet with a similar blogging ministry to collaborate with on this!

      October 9, 2016 at 10:53 pm

  3. That poem needed your picture. Your weathered tree trunk captures the rawness of the words and adds the startling affect as to the witnessing of “the things I’ve seen”! I too have walked by a tree, or old building and wondered how long they stood there and just what they have been through. Thank you for giving my poem life through your lens! ~ Have a blessed weekend with Jesus ~ Deborah ann

    October 8, 2016 at 8:40 am

    • Thank you Deborah Ann! I think your words and my photo came together nicely, allowing both to come to life to His glory!

      October 9, 2016 at 10:46 pm

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