Sunday, November 13, 2011

New Eyes




"The voyage of of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes
 but in having new eyes"
                                                    (Marcel Proust)   




This is the 14th spring we have attended our current church, presumably the 14th time this shedding of bark has happened before my eyes and yet I have not "seen" it.


It's not just one tree, but several middle sized trees and a large tree, all the same type, splitting off the old beauty to reveal an even more marvellous new beginning.





Just like new revelations on God's grace and love which keep appearing before my eyes, and the eyes of others, as our humble pastor shares week after week of new depths he is learning also.


Over 45 years, since I was a babe, I have attended churches regularly and yet there is more and still more and greater to heart-learn.




God's love, His everlasting kindness, is steadfast, regardless of our behaviour. His love is perfect and unconditional.
All He asks is we take Jesus as our Lord and receive His love.




God's love is extravagant. We can only rest in the goodness of God, not our own goodness. To know and rest in His love for us, not ours for him. The challenge is to live the fullness of this realisation, to let it be my being.


24 comments:

Pradeepa said...

Oh...very interesting set of photos.

Lauri said...

It is amazing how we see so differently with a camera in our hand. Lovely photos of His amazing creativity.

Tammy said...

This is so true. We tend to overlook the beauty that is right in front of us.

I love the papery bark. What kind of tree is it?

HANS-PETER ZÜRCHER said...

Schlangengleich häuten sich Plantanen ab, eine interessante Fotoserie...

Liebe Grüsse Dir

Hans-Peter

DebC said...

Very well said.
Thank you.

Wenche said...

Cool this was. Not only new eyes, but a new three underneath :0) Have a nice sunday :0)

Jill said...

What an interesting tree. I've not seen anything like it. Beautiful message.

Tina´s PicStory said...

great shots! :)

Filip Demuinck said...

This is the first time I see such a transformation of a three.

Greetings,
Filip

Rena said...

I never saw a tree like this. What kind is it? Wonderful illustration of the spiritual truths!

Judy Royal Glenn said...

Neat photos; great message:)

Seeing Each Day said...

Amazing - looks like it's just a matter of ripping paper wrapping to reveal a present. Lovely captures. I have had no choice but to not be involved in the photo entry participation during the last week and a bit, my Mum and her husband are down and every minute feels like it's been busy. It's fine in one aspect in terms of having a break but I really miss my camera - I've learnt that it helps the inner me being able to do this daily project and also now to be able to be inspired by others with similar interest. I was determined this morning to get up early and have half an hour just perusing - preferably an hour but I've got to devote time to school prep (whinge) Hopefully this week will gradually see me back to my routine. Have a good start to the week.

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Pieces of Sunshine said...

As yet I haven't been able to identify the trees. Hopefully I will be able to find their name sometime....

thefisherlady said...

Resting in His love for us is exactly correct...true worship is seeing Him which always means taking our eyes off ourselves...
nicely put!

thefisherlady said...

Your photos are unbelievable ... like peeling off our self layers until we get to the heart of Jesus!

Dina said...

Oh, I love these unique and beautiful trees!
We have them here, all over the Jerusalem Hills, but shorter than yours.
It is so nice, the lessons you take from your shedding trees.
Shalom to you.

Dina said...

When posting those trees here in Israel, I learned that they are called Eastern strawberry tree, Arbutus, and in California: manzanita. In Hebrew: ktalav.

whatandysees said...

We have but one pair of eyes!...... I feel that thre are times when we are more receptive than others, but as time goes by I'm sure more perceptive, and it's due to input like yours that achieves this end!... thank you for your input time and wisdom!.....:)

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Hi Dina, these trees may look similar but they are not the same. These trees don't have the flowers or fruit of the Arbutus. They may well be an Australian native I think.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

So beautifully written. And so true. I am reminded daily how much I need God's direction in my life. If I take my eyes off Him for a second, I usually fail miserably. Here's to new beginnings! Love the analogy with the tree bark. Great photos.

Emille said...

Love your last pic -again, a great angle (it must be your specialty!)

Ocean Soul said...

What a beautiful object lesson! I have old ways and habits that sometimes have to be shed so I can grow...beautiful object lesson!
Karen

Giancarlo said...

Fantastica!! come i serpenti cambiano pelle, questa pianta cambia corteccia!! ciao

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