I am the light that shines over all things. I am everything. From me all came forth, and to me all return. Split a piece of wood, and I am there. Lift a stone, and you will find me there.
…the Kingdom of God is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living Father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty, and it is you who are that poverty. The Gospel of Thomas
This morning early, as the sun was barely beginning to be a color along the edge of the horizon, I set out to find a new road to take pictures on. Driving through the quiet, sleeping town, I rolled the windows down on the truck and turned on the radio. I was given directions yesterday to find this road, but still unsure of just where I was really headed I let the pick-up go where she wanted. “Don’t take the second curve, but go straight down the two lane road that will after awhile turn into a dirt road.” This was the instructions I had. Going straight, stopping at the stop sign, then headed out into no man’s land the morning filled the truck with sounds of crickets, birds, and my tires as they rumbled along the pavement. The fresh cool air a pleasant change from earlier in the summer.
I stopped at a well manicured pasture full of Charolais heifers and their nursing calves. They are incredibly beautiful and majestic creatures.
It was fun sitting there watching the mother’s interact with the calves, teaching them through play. But the real surprise was when I pulled up by the tank to find a flock of wild turkey. I got off several shots before they decided I was a threat and took off for the line of trees in the distance.
I traveled on up the hill in front of me. I got out of the truck at the top and looked back over the road that I had just traveled. The sun was finally waking up and beginning to light the world. I climbed up the embankment to get a better look at the land below. Standing on a big rock, I decided that I would sit for awhile and let nature and the universe talk to my soul. I sat with my camera by my side, listening to the wonderful world that surrounded me. Watched as a few butterflies enjoyed the morning, listened to the crickets still singing their night songs, and the universe that we all belong to encompassed everything with it’s perfect love.
As I set there watching the sun light the earth and everything in it, I knew I am never alone. I am always accompanied by the love and energy of those that have gone before me, I am engulfed in the love of the heavens, and I am at peace with the soul within and the person that I look at every morning in the mirror. I know that if I can take that light and love that engulfs my soul and share but a tiny speck of it with the world that someone, somewhere will smile. The light of my soul will be shared and carried forward again.
If you go back and think about the quote at the top of this page, “I am the light that shines over all things. I am everything. From me all came forth, and to me all return. Split a piece of wood, and I am there. Lift a stone, and you will find me there.
…the Kingdom of God is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living Father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty, and it is you who are that poverty,” take these words to heart. If Heaven exists in you, around you, and through you, then don’t you want to make it the best of the best? Don’t you want to make it the most awesome of places? I do. So in doing so, I seek love, kindness, and peace to share with others.