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The Creator could have plopped us into a giant, two-dimensional world of jumbled mazes—a dull, flat, color-less, sense-less, joy-less existence. But God loved us. And by making us in His image, this affirms His understanding that in our complexity, we want and need more to thrive.

The fact that our universe is encompassed with sights, sounds, scents, tastes and textures, reveals much about His goodness and His character.

Along my travels and through my discoveries in this section of California, I write not only about the world on a physical level, I look beyond the surface and find a God who is everywhere present.

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Sitting in on orchestra rehearsals, I marvel at the beauty of music… that single notes played on individual instruments when coming together brings a symphony of melodies, harmonies and rhythms, which soothe and inspire the soul.

Accompanying photographers and ranchers in their daily tasks, I’m introduced to nature’s gifts, found mid dirt, discomfort, in any weather, before the sun comes up and long after it goes down.

In visiting museums to learn of men and women whose life experiences in another era made them who they were, I find meaning to their lives that can still be appreciated in our era… if we take the time to look back.

Observing an artist at work with glass, cutting and shaping, heating, cooling, fusing, and patiently awaiting the results after hours in the kiln, my thoughts turn to the geological elements of minerals and sand. I am once again amazed at the innumerable possibilities for artistry found in simple things.

And every so often I try something really crazy like rock climbing (future blog post subject), and learn to rest in the ropes that hold me while scaling uncertain heights.

Some people I interview speak of their life-changing experience with a particular company or individual, how that one situation made all the difference in the world for him or her, for their family or their future path. I rejoice in their discovery.

But do I believe that an experience by itself has the power to change a life? Not really.

Our experiences must be connected somehow to someone or something bigger than ourselves in order for us to gain from them. Because ultimately, God designed the world with so much potentiality and promise already in place. As we make these discoveries and experience the realities that were fashioned since the beginning of time, He desires for us to look past ourselves and beyond our human experiences to see what is Divine.

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.  –  Psalm 19:1-3

(Photo courtesy of Getty Music)

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