Monday, July 28, 2014

Haiyaha

I thought a lot this morning about taking an active stance in the things that I value.  Waking up shortly after 5 am to go hiking was not a passive act.  Without that proactive beginning, though, I would have missed the swirl of vapors filling Moraine Park, the brilliant red sunrise in the rear-view mirror, morning alpenglow on the peaks, and most importantly, silence on a trail that would be clogged with fellow hikers by mid-morning.  I took action and gained peace, introspection, and refreshment as a result.

I was struck by my desperate need to step out of passivity not just as I pursue the natural world, but as I pursue the Kingdom of God, desiring to be clear-eyed and vibrant in spirit.  I am memorizing Jesus' Sermon on the Mount this year and slowly soaking up what it means to be a kingdom-dweller beginning with, "Blessed are the poor in spirit..."  I had always thought of this as a mere recognition of lack; an awareness of how infinitely more there is available in Christ.  However; to be truly poor in spirit, I cannot be passive.  I cannot let myself sink into the attitude of a victim, thinking, "Poor me, I'll never change".  I must be consumed with a wholehearted pursuit of the Great King.  I once heard it expressed as a lifestyle of spiritual violence. That is exactly what a life devoted to Christ is.  And that it what I want.  Willingness to strive to the extreme for the only thing worth living for...in this moment and the next, and after I stumble and get up, today and every day...until eternity.

What do we miss by letting life just happen to us?

Nymph Lake's beautiful water lilies.

Huge boulders just below the surface of Lake Haiyaha.
Arriving at Lake Haiyaha was arriving at a hushed mirror of sky and peak.  Water so still, the dark fish were clear.  Concentric rings around each bite of mosquito.  Later a breeze whispered down from the cirque above Chaos Canyon ruffling water and whisking away the swarming mosquitoes, ending fish breakfast.  Slow moments listening to lapping, chirping, cawing, echoed winds, krummholz brushing.  How can this beauty be but a dim reflection of heaven?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Just a Glimpse

It seems I haven't spent much time here lately.  There are photos I want to share from our camping trip in Leadville, Grace's birthday, Cherry Days in Paonia and a hike to Gem Lake with the kids.  For now, though, a glimpse of my hike up Deer Mountain on Monday will have to suffice. Happy summer!


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Getting Ready for a Birthday!

Someone in our house is about to have a birthday.  Here's what I've been working on for her!



Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Three Days Lately

Today's last-day-of-school festivities: hiking, picnicking and general merry-making.

Last weekend's hike at the frozen Bear Lake.

Spring's first blush on the last day of April.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Joy

One of my favorite smiles in the world!