Reach For The Light

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The darkness surrounds my little slice of Appalachia this time of year. The same mountains that shelter me from the storms also block the sun when it’s low in the sky leaving only a tiny slice of open sky through which the constellations can look down through. Over The next 30 days the shadows will rule the forests. It will be dark as I leave in the morning and dark when I drive home. But I do have a few days when I’m free to walk in the sunlight. During the last 30 days of the darkness my mind is taken back to a scene from the the 80s Swamp Thing Movie. There’s a scene where Alec (The Swamp Thing’s real name) is held prisoner in a dungeon and is injured. Only a tiny sliver of light shines through the barred window. Being part plant, he stretches out as much as he can to catch the sunshine. Sure it’s just a movie that’s based on a comic book but that one scene had a profound effect on me. The symbolism of reaching for whatever light there is available in order to be made whole should be a universal concept but let me spell it out for you. St. John Chapter 1 teaches us in the first five verses that we are creatures of light. We need that spiritual light to survive. We need the light to be made whole and sometimes we have to reach out a little harder to receive it. Now before you jump on the internet and download the movie let me clear that it’s got some scenes and themes that are not for more sensitive viewers. The nudity and violence including a bare chested Adrienne Barbeau. But when I caught the little red maple in my lens reaching for the sunlight it reminded me of the movie and of course the need to reach out and catch as much of the light as I can.

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Between Two Worlds

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A cool breeze drifts across the Kanawha River and brings with it the fresh scent of the rain. It’s odd how thst even though the crystal blue sky only shows a few scant clouds in the West that you can smell the rain before it moves in. The low angle of the sun was hitting the river just right to turn the water above the hydroelectric plant into a mirror. The cormorant was perched on his arched branch soaking in the morning sun.

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Not really having a particular agenda for the day allowed me to take full advantage of the peace and quiet. I just sat there gazing onto the depths of the reflections that were only broken by the occasional fallen leaf flow down the river on its trek to the South. This is what it means to be human. To have been endowed by a creator with the ability to appreciate the wonder made by his hand. To be close enough to creation so as to see the beauty in every little grain of sand on the shore and that each one has a number but not so close that the wonderment is lost. It’s this state that gives us the drive to push deeper into the mystery. But at the same time we secretly hope that the mystery never ends. As I continue to be enthralled with colors and textures of the river and the reflections that were laid out before my eyes the movement of the bird’s wings drew my attention as he rper into the air and floated on the breeze. The one thing that we had in common at that moment was that we were both suspended between two worlds.

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Unexpected Smiles

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Quietly I walk along the edge of the road taking care not to make any sudden movement. Sometimes this time of year a Great Blue Heron is stalking the wanter in Little Elk Creek. The lack of rain means that the water us very shallow and minnows will be trapped in the low spots. They would be easy pickings for wading birds. I can hear the gentle trickling of the creek spilling over the large pieces of shale that line the bed of the creek. If you listen closely there’s a difference in the sound of the deep eddies and the shallow pools. In some places the creek even runs under the visible bottom and makes a hollow droning noise. In spite of the late season I can find a faint wiff of water mint growing on the steep banks. The knotweed is still pretty thick but there’s an odd hole in the foliage here and there where I can peek through and see the creek. The blue heron never made an appearance but the Asters are standing proudly in the full sun growing with all of their might. Their bright yellow centers stand out as if God himself left smiley faces on the landscape. Perhaps it’s God’s way of sending a message to let us know that he’s thinking of us. Of course when God smiles at you the proper thing to do is smile back. So I raised my face towards home and thanked God with a smile of my own. I was once told by a friend that God had never spoken to him. The thought that his words provoked was “Just because you ain’t listening doesn’t mean that He ain’t talking.” God’s voice is that “still small voice” that speaks peace. We tend to think that he only speaks in the storms but is that because we only look for him when we’re in trouble? He said that he’d never leave us or forsake us so it shouldn’t be a surprise to find him in the peaceful places too.

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Finding Sanctuary

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Certain places sure seem to have a pertonality of their own. We go to a place and there’s something special about it. It’s like the very landscape itself welcomes your presence. Sometimes it seems that if you’requiet enough that you can hear the voice of God speaking peace to your spirit and saying, “Come child. Sit with me for a while and I’ll settle the storms for you.” I have the strong belief that the world was created just for our benefit. Later, the perfect work of God was sabotaged by Lucifer setting up a chain reaction that is still unfolding by our perception. Envy, strife and destruction and a litany of negative effects cascade throughout the universe except where God is present. Here in these sheltered places there is peace even if only for a moment. We can be recharged and restored enough for the next leg of the journey in these natural sanctuaries. But the green leaves and flowing water only set the mood. It’s the presence of God that brings the healing power. What’s more is the He’ll come to you wherever you are and no matter how dark the gathering clouds are or how much the wind blows there’s a sanctuary in God’s presence.

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Perfect Moments

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Meditation. The word conjures up mental images of a Yogi or martial arts master sitting in a candlelit room while incense laden smoke curls towards the heavens. Or in the modern era a vision of Yoda perfecting his mastery of the Force. But in reality it’s just deep contemplation and relaxing the mind. Techniques vary. Some people are more formal and emulate the examples above while blocking the outside world with iron willed discipline. Others engage their creative drive and get lost in process of skillfully bringing a work of art into the world. Some simply toss a line into the water and work to prefect the retrieve in an effort to cause a fish to rise.

Whatever it is that a person does to unwind and settle the mind is a form of meditation. In my youth I read a lot of martial arts stuff and there was always a section on meditation instructing you sit this way and breathe that way and if you do it just right time will freeze and you’ll have a perfect moment. In reality, I fell asleep a lot. If that perfect moment ever happened to me I snored right through it. In my dreams Mr. Miyagi did a face palm and muttered in Japanese.

Some time later I realized that all that was really needed was to unplug for a little while. I revitalized my walk with God and that allowed me to begin to talk with God as opposed to talking at God. I began to understand that prayer and meditation are two sides of the same coin. It wasn’t a breathing technique and you don’t have to focus on a flame until you go cross eyed. You just need to relax and have a conversation with your friend. Time doesn’t really freeze but don’t be surprised if you don’t notice it’s passage.

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Thinking In The Fourth Dimension

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The early morning sun casts a golden hue across the three rivers. The calm water echoes the sky’s dance and God paints another masterpiece. I have only a few minutes of peaceful contemplation on the river’s edge as I prepare for the daily rituals common to my day job. It’s a small window of opportunity to be the real me on my own terms. As I form the picture in my head and plan out what I hope will be the final edit I carefully consider the elements contained within the margins. Light, shadow, color and texture come together in the form of points rays and curves. The goal isn’t as much to capture the shapes formed or the color perceived by the eye as much as it is to preserve the moment imprinted on my soul. I have set a goal for myself to use my lens as tool for expressing life in four dimensions. To do that I have to learn to think in the fourth dimension of time. By the time we graduated from elementary school the three dimensional concept is pretty well drilled into us. That of course being height, width and depth. But outside of the advanced sciences very little effort is commonly spent on time as a coordinate. I can’t really blame the education system. Even the advanced sciences tend to debate about the nature of time. To some of the experts it’s a scale and to others it’s a vector. But neither side of that debate has been able to actually hold time, dissect it and find it’s limits. It’s a feat that is beyond the reach of the laboratory. Oh they can observe it’s effects on the known universe and make mathematical models and predictions but that’s not the same as actually holding onto the substance of time. No, for that task you need an artist. Capturing time is a function of the spirit. It’s only possible to contain small amounts. The tools vary depending on the art form. Canvas and paint, molten metals, earthworks and cement as well as the poet’s pen and the musician’s notes are all tools for dipping into the river of time and bottling up the moment. I have chosen the lens to cage small pieces of this universal force of nature. I have poured into it bits and pieces of myself in an effort to preserve those moments indefinitely and share them with you. Perhaps one day science succeed in bottling up time. If so they will sell it to industry and industry will certainly put it a shelf and for the right price you’ll be able to add hours to your day. But if it were possible to add time to your life would it be satisfying? Or is it better to simply sit by the water and life to your time. I have chosen the latter option. A lifetime is more than the number of days on planet earth. It’s the fulfillment of the soul in those moments.

In closing, let me encourage you to set aside a few minutes of peace to experience a connection with God in His creation. I promise that it will add life to your time.

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In A Breath’s Space

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The big blue truck rolls to the foot of Gauley Mountain and coasts to stop at the wide spot near the three rivers. It’s cool day but not as cold as it has been. The Spring of 2018 was well under way and the redbud was in bloom. I sat for a while with the windows down just absorbing the fresh air after a long winter of being stuck in the house. It was one of those rare “no agendas” days when I can get out for a little while and enjoy the sunshine. Best of all, I get to take a breath. Most people over the age of 6 minutes probably consider themselves expert breathers. Most healthy people don’t even have to consciously think about filling their lungs with atmosphere and then letting it out again. But that’s just breathing. Taking a breath is something more. It’s less mechanical and more spiritual. It’s the difference between maintaining life and truly living. Our lives have purpose beyond our responsibilities of maintaining a daily existence. Ecclesiastes 12:13 tells us that the duty man is to keep God’s commandments but duty and purpose are two different things. Duty is the pathway to purpose. I believe that God has an individual purpose for each one of us but in general I believe that the purpose of mankind as a whole is to simply spend time with God. Before the fall of Adam God would come to him every day just to visit. The bible doesn’t really mention an agenda. There is no talk of thunder and lightning or thick clouds of smoke. Just a walk through the garden and the conversation between friends. No thou shalt or thou shalt nots. (Which are actually intended to get us back to the point where we can enjoy that friendship again. ) It was just friends hanging out.

To slow down and take a breath is to push back all the distractions of modern life and give space for that simple conversation between friends. The one without a wish list or complaining about all the bad times. You see, our friend desires that simple conversation as much as we do. But he’s not rude. He won’t barge in and demand your attention while you’re too busy. He won’t change the subject when you need to talk about the issues that he’s already been working to resolve. He simply waits for us to settle down and be ready in that “breath’s space”.

After a few minutes of peace and quiet at the three rivers area and a good conversation while snapping photos I’m ready to head towards the house. My friend assures me that He’s going to be close by even though the conversation is over for now and that we can pick up the conversation again anytime I’m ready. I fasten the seatbelt and the big blue truck starts to roll again towards home.

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