A ‘Silver’ Day


Spent  a day with a retired pastor friend fishing for silver salmon on the Little Susitna River. I’m ever amazed how God continues to bless this ole prodigal in spite of himself.

Little Susitna River
Fishing for Silvers
First Catch of the Day
First Mate Matt
Silver, Fred, Matt
Silver Salmon

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Keep Looking Up . . . His best is yet to come!

River to Ridgeline


Today’s wilderness wander began in lush deciduous forest by river’s roaring rapids . . . wound ever upward through silent, spruce scented boreal forest . . .  finished 4,000 ft. above on alpine ridgeline, tinged with fall’s first reds.

Throughout life I’ve been blessed to travel and behold the wonders of 9 different countries on 3 different continents . . . yet . .  awe-inspiring treks through Creation’s wilderness remains my favorite wonder genre.

How great are the wonders God shows us! How powerful are the miracles He performs! Daniel 4:3

I M Blessed . . . May U B 2
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Keep Looking Up . . . His best is yet to come!

Seasons Transition


Fresh snow dusting the mountains, yellow tinged leaves . . . Last Frontier signs of Fall all knocking on Summer’s door.

To everything there is a season, and time to every purpose under heaven“. – Ecclesiastes 3:1

Waters


Calm/Swift . . . Clear/Muddy . . . Turbulent/Tranquil . . . water is a metaphor of life.

Such were where my thoughts drifted on today’s wilderness wander pondering the day when, with those gone before me, I will forever contentedly wander beside the river of pure . . . clear as crystal “ waters. – Revelation 22:1

Sunshine, Rapids, Shoulders


The photograph was taken the on a wilderness-wander the other day portraying the ambivalence of life’s journey . . . there will always be sunshine above, and tumultuous rapids below. The picture depicts sunshine’s Hope.

A recent totally unexpected, upsetting event threatened capsizing in discouragement’s rapids, but Grace kept me upright.  A quote came to mind reminding me not allow yesterday’s failures to destroy today’s joys;

To live above with the folks we love, that will be glory. To live below with the folks we know, that’s another story.”

Years ago, lamenting to a pastor friend how my life’s foremost, self-imposed failure had affected others and Christianity’s name, he compassionately, but candidly told me,

It’s not about you Fred. You’re not that important. God and others will survive your failure”.

His words uncovered the root of all sins I’ve struggled with throughout my life . . . ‘I’m important’ self-pride.

Watching the rising sun evaporate clouds off the mountains this morning, a subtle, Divine duality of pride stuck me . . . in my own and the world’s perspective, I’m truly “not that important”. But I . . . the one who wandered away . . . God has undeservedly and sacrificially deemed “most important”, leaving the 99 to carry me back to the flock on His shoulders.

While we proudly take pride celebrating our country’s precious independence and freedom this 4th of July, may we ever remember it’s Him who has been carrying our nation on His shoulders, and endeavor to continue let Him do so in His way, not ours.

Happy 4th of July!                                 
                                            
Keep Looking Up . . . His best is yet to come!

Black Sheep Shepherd

Contentedly Rich and Breathless


Matanuska River Valley and Chugach Mountains

Socrates once wrote, “He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature“.

Centuries later someone penned, “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away”.

This morning His creationscape left my soul content . . rich . . . breathless.

I M blessed . . . May U B 2

O Lord, our lord, your greatness is seen in all the earth”. – Psalm 8:1
                                    
Keep Looking Up . . . His best is yet to come!