The Beauty of God’s Work

From the rising of the sun to where it sets,
    God, the Lord God, speaks,
        calling out to the earth.
From Zion, perfect in beauty,
    God shines brightly. (Psalm 50:1-2, Common English Bible)

I can’t speak for everyone and I know without a second thought that it isn’t true for everyone but I can say for me, I am so tired of the way we are treating each other. I know a big part of that is election rhetoric. If it would go away after November 3rd, I might not care so much. But the truth is, I know that come November 4th, it may slow down a little but there will still be a whole lot of “It’s all their fault.” There is more than enough blame to go around for everyone. No one is as perfect as most supporters make their candidate sound.

So, I have decided that I want to talk about things that are beautiful, things that are interesting. I want to talk about places I have been and things I’ve seen, things I wish everyone could see. It is the beauty of God’s handiwork. I do plan on doing some other things along the way but for the next couple of weeks, I think we could all use a glimpse of who is really in charge and a news flash for all of us, it is not President Trump or former Vice President Biden.

Perhaps it is just the memories of a kid for a place he never heard of or seen before 1969. I have never been a world traveler. Prior to the Navy I had been to Mexico once and Canada twice. That was the extent of my world travel.

That being said, we did have what was called “The Trip” in my family. We left Houston and made our way to Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, California, Arizona, New Mexico and across Texas, back home. There will be other places from The Trip that are on my list, but number one from the trip and my favorite place was Crater Lake in Oregon. Crater Lake is an extinct volcano (something I have been told in recent years is not a real possibility) with an island in it that is another extinct volcano.

I found it interesting that the water inside the larger volcano is like glass. That might not be the case all the time, but it was the day we were there.

When we got ready to leave the lake it was getting dark. We were pulling a camper and we found a place to camp that night and set up camp. It was just about dark and my dad and I walked somewhere. I was a bit ahead of him. He picked up a rock that was bigger than would fit in the palm of his hand. He said, “Hey Keith, think fast.” He tossed the rock.

I was expecting a regular rock. It wasn’t. It was pumice. I would imagine that me trying to catch that rock, expecting something significantly heavier was probably pretty funny.

Perception of what we think is coming can be funny. It can also be scary and even dangerous. There is a lot to be afraid of, but let me remind you of one thing. God didn’t make all the rocks heavy and if we ask, God might point us toward the ones we should avoid.

God’s still in charge. Be blessed.

Seeking the Genuine,

Copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Pondering with Dr.B.
Scenes of Beauty and Interest
Perritte Memorial UMC
Spirit’s Breath Ministries

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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