What's It All About?

It's all too easy for days to pass without reflection. It's my hope that through a greater active awareness on each day, that I will be able to consider God's presence in my life and in the world around me. Writing has always been a way for me to round up my thoughts. This blog seems like a good place to park those thoughts for my own benefit as well as the benefit of others. Please take a moment to read what I have written, to offer comments, and to share the ideas with others.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

In Praise of Water and Not Knowing

Stanislaus River-Big Trees Park, Arnold-photo by Libby Fife
Any opportunity to visit a creek or river or lake is one that I try to not pass up. There is something about water for starters that attracts me and then the spaces themselves are really something that grab my attention. The feel and smell of the water creates an emotional connection of sorts. Feeling the water wash through my hands is as tactile as touching a piece of silk, for example.  And being in these sorts of spaces creates the feeling of both being a part of the scene and being completely separated from it. 

On Thursday I drove to Big Trees State Park in Arnold. We are so fortunate to have this beautiful park so close by. It's a place visited by people from all over and on this day I got there early enough to practically have the river to myself! The above shot was taken from the bridge overlooking the river. The river for the most part is fed by snow pack in the Eastern Sierras so generally the river runs pretty well for most of the year. (Though I have seen it flow rather slowly at times in certain spots.) On this day the river was flowing nicely, making a beautiful sound as the water hit the rocks and moved onward. As I stood on the bridge looking at the water and rock formations, my mind only skimmed the surface of the natural processes that must have been at work to create this river. The whole scene seemed overwhelmingly complex. I marveled at something so wonderfully formed, perhaps driven by the work of a creator that I can't see. It's difficult to grasp the idea of something or someone so vast and unknowable. But, I can easily say that I stood in awe.


1 comment:

  1. Dear Libby- spending time outdoors and especially near bodies of water always brings a peace. I think when we go outside we get a fresh perspective as well as a knowledge of how insignificant some things are in the big scheme of living. I know that being in nature centers me and I come away refreshed. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


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