Spirit in the sky

I’m not into astrology, but rather, astronomy.

The Universe: An unedited photograph from the Hubble Telescope

The Universe: an unedited photograph from the Hubble Space Telescope

Constellations are composed of endless messages and signs regarding the past, present and future.  There are over 100 billion galaxies the size of our galaxy, and over 100 billion stars are in each one (wow!).

I took interest in the stars months ago when I realized that our perfectly mathematical universe directly relates to scriptures in the Old and New Testaments.  I once heard someone refer to the solar system as a ‘great clock’ and he described its hidden, esoteric purpose as a ‘poetry of terrible beauty.’  God’s handiwork is a sight to behold.

Yes, heaven is real

When I was 19 I was living in a dorm in London, England.  Everyday I would walk down the corridor and admire a gigantic world map that was hung on the wall.  Before long I realized that I loved maps, and every apartment I’ve lived in since has been adored with at least one very large map. 

One afternoon I went to the map, closed my eyes, and pointed to a completely random destination: I landed on the Maldive Islands, an archipelago island nation spread throughout the Indian Ocean-Arabian Sea.  I had never even heard of the place, but as soon as I looked it up and saw that heaven was real, I promised myself I would go.  I haven’t made it there yet, but when I see pictures like this it reminds me of why I love travel in the first place – it is the exploration of the beautiful and the unknown.

A silhouette of the American cowboy

After watching The Good, the Bad and the Ugly earlier today, I’m in a western state of mind.

This gorgeous shot by John Partipilo just won a Feature Photography award from the Society of Professional Journalists.  Originally published in The Tennessean, Partipilo sought to capture an image that exemplified the spirit of his home state as he traveled through back roads and rural areas in search of a place where ‘the past doesn’t seem so far away.’  Tennessee’s ever-evolving landscape led to ‘fewer farms, more housing developments and busier roads’ than he remembers seeing as a boy, but the American cowboy still remains.

“Shadows of What Was,” by John Partipilo, The Tennessean

“Shadows of What Was,” by John Partipilo, The Tennessean

Get busy living or get busy dying

Timing is inherently perfect.  Sometimes it feels like a blessing, but every so often, it feels like a curse. 

I find comfort in realizing how much is out of my control and that everything is in the hands of the Creator. Each passing moment is timed so precisely, and I think that’s a beautiful thing.

Unfavorable timing can be tough, but there are only two choices: you either get busy living and live, or get busy dying, and fade away. Look for the light or stay in the darkness. Realize that every circumstance and seemingly minute detail plays a part in a bigger picture that leads to a greater outcome than you could have ever expected. Life is really, really hard; but aren’t you up for the challenge? Keep going and create the life you’ve always imagined.

In The Patio I, Georgia O'Keeffe

In The Patio I, Georgia O’Keeffe

“I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth.” Isaiah 42:26

In The Patio VIII, Georgia O'Keeffe

In The Patio VIII, Georgia O’Keeffe