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Let’s go to the beach…

A friend knows I love beaches. 
Not understanding my attraction,
she curiously asked,
“What’s there to do at the beach?” 
And this is what I said…
TONS!

meditating & gazing in wonderment

dipping feet into the icy cold water

listening to the surging waves

treasure hunting for heart-shaped pebbles

breaking bird-watching etiquette by chasing after/scaring away shorebirds

picking rocks and decorating them in the honeycombs weathering

watching the sunrise/sunset/moonlight/starry night

or simply letting the waves engulf me

in fact, the fun by the seaside is endless…

Heh heh heh, one of my buddies even commented that I’m a sea monkey… with hobbit feet, yikes!

"Hobbit feet"

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Drama in the sky…

Normally I don’t like to use the phrase ‘breath-taking’ to describe sunsets,
but the setting sun I glimpsed recently was nothing but ‘breath-taking’.

During our Olympic National Park road trip, we were running late and in a rush to reach our destination. 

While speeding along, I briefly, like in split second, sighted a gorgeous sunset behind rows of trees at Kalaloch Beach.  Even though I didn’t see the whole scene but I could only imagine…

My heart skipped as my eyes caught sight of
dark purplish,  pink & orangey clouds
behind silhouetted trees by Kalaloch Beach.
The fleeting image of the extravagant twilight and the rolling waves
had engraved so vividly in my memory.

My heart grieved that I had not seized the moment
to capture that awesome sight.
How I wished that we had stopped, run to the beach,
and soaked in that opulent sunset.

Well, I have surely learned a lesson…
next time when nature calls out to me, 
I will remember to just follow my heart!

Recently my spiritual mentor came back from my homeland.  
She told me during their travelling there, her prayer team had encountered many days of rain and thunderstorms so a sunny weather was most welcome.   
On one particular day, the team was in this town that often boasts of gorgeous sunsets, one member prayed that God would grant them the best sunset ever.
And their prayer was answered for that evening this is what they witnessed!

My mentor, who is a world traveler, said during all her years of travelings, she had never seen such a beautiful sunset.  I was dumb-founded when she showed me those twilight pictures, they were striking, awe-inspiring and breath-taking!

God, the Great Painter, just loves to create dramas in the sky!

Psalm 19:1-4

The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of His Hands.

Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.

They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.

Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world…

Psalm 113:3
Dari terbit matahari (From the rising of the sun)
Sampai pada masuknya (to the place where it sets)
Biarlah nama Tuhan dipuji (the Name of the LORD is to be praised)
Puji Tuhan (Praise the Lord)

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The Journey of a Pumpkin

This Sunday our Sunday School children will be having bible characters dress-up and pumpkins carving event.

I think I’ll share with them the journey of a certain pumpkin written and illustrated by two of our church members.

And I can’t wait to see those “little biblical characters” and what creative images they are going to carve on their pumpkins this Sunday!

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Tada…

and here’s what my friends and I created out of the left-over pumpkins!


 

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Here comes the Son…

A new dawn
a new day
and a new me

A breezy day
a cooling walk
with a feeling of sheer delight

My heart is stirred ~
stirred by the light glowing within me

And my face suddenly feels warm
warmed by the soft and gentle light
shining on me

I look up and gasp
for morning has just broken…

I step aside and watch in stillness
as the dawn arises and breaks forth with joy
praising her Beautiful One!

And I wonder
if the dawn on that Resurrection Day was like that…
the two angels gasping and watching in awe
witnessing first hand the  resurrection of Jesus Christ
conquering death victoriously & giving hope to humanity

I imagine they must have praising & worshiping the risen Lord,
the Beautiful One,
and proclaiming in wonder to the disciples:
“He is not here for He has risen!”

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Oh My Deer…

I once was asked which animal I think is the most beautiful and charming.

Without hesitation, I said, “Of course it’s the deer!”

I am so attracted to deer for its beauty, gracefulness and vulnerability.

I think the fondness of deer came from the childhood reading on  Bambi.

Seeing Bambi being chased by predators, feeling threatened and frightened, huffing and puffing and frantically looking for just a sip of water created a very strong impression for my attraction to deer.

I love deer and I think God does too 🙂

On my recent road trip to the Olympic National Park, my travelling companions and I encountered many lovely deer.

We each managed to bump into deer at different times and were able to capture their charm from various angles.

While travelling to Israel years ago, I had hoped to visit En Gedi National Park, but to no avail.

En Gedi come from the Hebrew words  mean “springs” and “kid/goat”.

It was said that when David was relentlessly pursued by King Saul’s army, he managed to escape to one of the caves in En Gedi — an oasis at the arid landscape near the Dead Sea.

While there, he witnessed many deer sipping from streams of water by the waterfall to find refreshment, and thus the expression of Psalm 42 sprang from within his heart…

 As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.

My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?

Another verse that captures my heart on deer is Habbukuk 3:19.

The Sovereign LORD is my strength;
He makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
He enables me to tread on the heights.

Whenever I feel stuck in life, this is one of the verses I  come to find strength and inspiration.

Penning down these reflections makes me want to reread Bambi as well as the lovely old book called “Hinds’ Feet on High Places” — an allegorical book about a sojourner named “Much Afraid” who was on her spiritual journey with her two companions “Sorrow” and Suffering”.    The cover of the book calls it a “beautiful allegory dramatizing the yearning of God’s children to be led to new heights of love, joy and victory”.

Deer story also reminded me of an incident a friend shared with me on her encounter with deer a couple of years ago.

At that time this person was so discouraged and felt so defeated in life.  There was just no word to describe her feelings and pains at that time.

Riding on a Greyhound bus along the highway one day, she looked outside the window and spotted a crippling deer limping with pain among the other healthy deer by the roadside.   When she saw the crippled deer, she immediately had this inner cry that someone would come quickly and tend the deer.

While she was anxious thinking how it could be done,  suddenly it dawned on her that the crippling deer was a mirror of her current suffering condition.  She sensed the voice from the Heavenly Father that He was watching over her and wanting to touch her wounded spirit.   Right there and then she was awakened and felt a deep love from God… and she sobbed that He knew and He cared.

Recently, this friend had a serendipity moment encountering a deer again.

This time, the deer she saw was healthy, graceful and very majestic looking.

As she was walking along a park, this deer appeared right before her very eyes and she was startled.

It was as if the Lord has assured her that her wounded soul from years ago has been healed and that she can rise and shine and let her spirit be alive like the deer.

Indeed the Sovereign Lord is our strength and He makes our feet like the feet of a deer and He enables us to go on the height.

Lord of the deer, I adore you!

Sentuh Hati ku (Touch my heart)

Betapa kumencintai (How I love)
Segala yang t’lah terjadi (all that has happened)
Tak pernah sendiri jalani hidup ini (I have never been alone in this walk of life)
Selalu menyertai  (but always protected)
Betapa kumenyadari (How I realized)
Di dalam hidupku ini (in my life)
Kau slalu memberi rancangan terbaik (You have a wonderful plan)
Oleh karena kasih (because of love)

*Bapa, (Father,) 
sentuh hatiku, ubah hidupku ( touch my heart, change my life)
Menjadi yang baru (to be made anew)
Bagai emas yang murni (just like pure gold)
Kau membentuk bejana hatiku (You have shaped my heart)
Bapa, (Father,)
ajarku mengerti sebuah kasih (teach me to understand the kind of love)
Yang selalu memberi (that always gives)
Bagai air mengalir  (let it be like a flowing stream of water)
Yang tiada pernah berhenti (that never ends)
(Eng translated by Steph)

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Meditative pose…

Lake Quinault

Unlike my other buddies, I haven’t taken any glamorous pose (艺术照)from the studio yet; but glamorous poses outdoor… I sure have loads of them –> “meditative pose” ;p

Elfin Lake

Rainbow Lake

Stawamus Chief

Hurricane Ridge

Ruby beach

It was uplifting to see this plaque being mounted on the wall at Grand Canyon declaring the mighty work of God.

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The other day I received a delightful message from a dear friend. She wrote…

The ‘Great Grape Tree’ in our backyard is very tall and majestic with decorations of purply-red clusters of grapes hanging off it like Christmas ornaments. They beckon you to come and see and pick and eat!”

Grapevines I’ve seen but delicious great-grape-tree, unheard of.. so go I shall!

Awesome! We had a fruity fellowship under the great-grape-tree!

The owner commented, “We reaped a harvest today. Thanks be to God and may God reap a harvest of souls through us as we serve Him in our lives.”
Here words of wisdom reminded me of what Wayne Jacobsen states in his book ‘In My Father’s Vineyard’…

– Harvest time is ministry time; It’s the time when the fruit of our lives is invested in the lives of others.
– The heart of harvest ministry is ‘people encountering people … people whom God has changed reaching out to people who are rejected and hurting and hungry for meaning in their lives.’ It is another human being warmed by our love, uplifted by our hope, disarmed by our patience, inspired or unsettled by our faith – that person encounters the life-giving reality of the gospel.”

Hmm… I think I’d experienced a great harvest & nourishing ministry from my dear friend under the Great Grape Tree that day!




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