Thanks to my iPhone I am able to bring you a view of the Pacific Ocean for the theme of “Infinite” this week. Standing on the beach just below Pacifica, the ocean seem to be an expanse of endless waves on the horizon. Rhythmically the came in and out on the beach in an endless cycle. Cheers!
When I think of “carefree” I think of growing up on the lake, working for the family business, and hanging out with friends… either local or seasonal. The reality of life on the lake was seldom carefree, and working for family… well, it’s family. But the memories, they’re carefree. It was a time in life I look back upon with carefree longing, a time of great memories, friends, and family. As I look forward to the future it’s great to have dreams based in such good memories and upon such a firm foundation.
I figured I would take the “fresh” theme of this week in two different ways. First, I want to introduce you to the product of our foraging efforts… fresh blackberries! We live in an area where wild blackberry bushes, well, grow wildly. It only takes a little bit of effort, a few wounded arms, and voila, a plethora of fresh berries! Second, I’m making a fresh start at this blog and in particular the weekly photo challenge. I have been absent for way to long while my camera has been sitting unused in its case. It time to make a change… or a fresh start.
When I think of change I think of food. Not just for the pure and simple fact that you combine a bunch of different ingredients, bake them, and something completely new emerges. Food is tied to so many life events and changes. The smell of food, particularly fresh baked cookies, can evoke strong emotions or even change ones mood. Just walking into a kitchen where cookies are being backed I cant help but feel happy.
My photo is of a plate of Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. As life changes and we move to new careers or different parts of the world, there are things like these cookie that will remind us of who we are and where we’ve come from. Growing up my favorite cookie was Peanut Butter and made by my great grandmother, but as I’ve grown I’ve come to love Chocolate Chip as well. Fresh gooey cookies have been with me through all the different changes I’ve seen over the years and I plan on them continuing on in their role.
At the first mention of this weeks photo challenge I got excited. If there is one thing I like to do it’s cook… and when it comes to photography, my first muse is most naturally food. The only questions then becomes what to cook, photograph, and post.
I often think simple is better, so today’s photo post is of a Fried Tomato Sandwich with Avocado. This sandwich is thick slices of ripe tomatoes tossed in herbs and cornmeal, then pan fried. They are then place on whole grain bread, lined liberally with Miracle Whip, and joined by fresh romaine lettuce and thick slices of avocado to make a most excellent sandwich. I know Miracle Whip is not the most healthy or natural of choices but what can I say… I like “zesty” alternative.
This weeks “Beyond” photo challenge inspired this series of photos taken along the Mendocino coast in Northern California over the weekend as my wife and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary. It was a great time of rest, planning, re-centering, and looking “beyond” the present to see what the Lord has for our lives. (Above is a photo of the road we walked out Pt. Cabrillo light house. If you look between the trees you will see the light house off in the distance and the ocean beyond.)
The light house serves for me as a reminder of what we center our lives around and what our guiding light is in this world. For me and my wife that guiding light is the Word of God and His will for our lives. The light house is a reminded that in the fogs of life, without the light of Christ to guide us we will be blown into the rock as countless ships have the without lighthouses. (Photo above of Pt. Cabrillo light house above)
Being in such a beautiful place it is hard not to take time for a photo or two. My wife is vary patient with me as I drag my camera case around from place to place. She has to constantly remind me that I need to put my camera down and enjoy our surroundings. She is right! This was an amazing weekend away with her that I will not soon forget. (Photo above of Martha and I)
Looking out at the coast I am reminded that while the light house was a guiding light for ships, it was only useful for those at see. It was a beacon and landmark for the traveler, the adventurers, as they made their way along their journey. For those who remained upon the safety of the shore it meant vary little, often only an annoyance with its light and resounding fog horn. But for those upon the sea it was the difference between life an death. (Photo above: Rocky Mendocino coast)
While it was the light house that drew us to the edge of the see, it is the unknown adventure that calls us beyond. As my wife and I stood looking out at the see where the heavens touched the water, I realized that the light house did not beacon us to safety but called us to a life of adventure somewhere over the horizon. Yes the light house brought ships into harbor safely, but more than that, It kept them safe on course as they made their way up and down the coast and to port unknown. A ship may dock for a season but it was never long before the wind in it’s sails and the taste of salt in the air drove it back out to see. So should be our live. God gave us His word that we may set the course of our lives by it. At times it may bring us into safe harbor but He never intends for us to remain there. The light house is set to keep us off the rocks and to help us to aline our course. It is the wind that drives us forward… and all by the great mercies of God.