“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
the things God has prepared for those who love him—
these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 1 Corinthians 2:9-10
This has been one of those weeks where I am tempted to grab my Nikon DSLR and walk around Wake Forest all day doing nothing but taking photographs of the breathtaking beauty that is springtime.
Just yesterday, driving into Tyler Run from South Main the view – as the road curved downhill and around to the left – was nothing but layer upon layer of different greens, literally scores of distinct hues set against a perfect Carolina Blue sky, soaked in light and punctuated by azalea and dogwood in full bloom, pure white, deep red, and tender rose.
Scenes like this are repeated many times each day and I am overwhelmed at the beauty. I breathe a prayer of “thank you!” but wish I could capture the sense my soul has of peace and joy in response to each moment. It is as if I am somehow privileged to behold God literally standing at an easel, brush in hand, splashing brilliant colors against the backdrop of a thousand variations of green, like an impressionist painter understanding that art speaks to the spirit and the way the viewer perceives and responds is a critical element of what is communicated.
Well, God paints and it is magnificent; then I respond and the Spirit reveals so much more. Gratitude, then, and wonder, are requisite elements of beginning to truly appreciate creation.
Five Photo Friday:
And so, having failed to adequately communicate how lovely Wake Forest is this time of the year, here are this week’s Five-Photo-Friday selections. There really is no way to do justice to what I see with my eyes and my heart.
- My parents, enjoying a beautiful afternoon outside;
- the view back to their home from ours;
- an unusual perspective of Maul-Hall:
- the magnificent oak overlooking the 11th green at Brevofield golf course in Wake Forest;
- the end of the huge Tulip Poplar behind our house.
Have a great weekend, full with beauty and thanksgiving – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.