IMAGES OF SMALL THINGS FROM THE BIGGEST COUNTY IN TEXAS #610 – LESS TRAVELED ROAD INTO THE STORM!

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“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it”    Matthew 7:13-14

Thank goodness this road with a wide gate was locked. Plus it looks a little stormy, but even the narrow road is not without storms.

Put on a little Pearl Jam and ride on!

And the wind keeps rollin’
And the sky keeps turning grey
And the sun is set
The sun will rise another day

I have wished for so long…
How I wish for you today

I have wished for so long…
How I wish for you today
Will I walk the long road?
We all walk the long road

FInd the key to your own gate, then ride like hell. Don’t look back because they’re always a gaining on you! ††† en theos ††† jimwork

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IMAGES OF SMALL THINGS FROM THE BIGGEST COUNTY IN TEXAS #606 – BLUE GATE

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THE BLUE DOOR & GATE

In traveling to New Mexico, I am pulled to the warm way of gates and doors there. This one in La Mesilla is one I have drifted by for almost forty years.

During all seasons it beckons. It begs me to hear the weathered squeak as I let myself enter. Ah, to have the courage to cross, to share my story with the walls and the occupants, just so I could hear a little of theirs.

It would be worth the price of admission I’m sure. ††† en theos ††† jimwork

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IMAGES OF SMALL THINGS FROM THE BIGGEST COUNTY IN TEXAS #567 – A gate to the beauty of the end of day

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“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
― Rabindranath Tagore

We have been so blessed with our weather (rain), cool temperatures, lots of bugs & butterflies, and some of the best  southwest Texas sunrises & sunsets. This view was given to me earlier this week on our evening walk with Clovis & Grace.  A little more than a block away from my home I came upon this structure and view. I have walked past a thousand times giving it little more than a glimpse. On this evening it was aglow in that brief gift of the golden hour and one just had to stop and admire. To wonder not only of God’s work, but what man had long ago crafted this gate. Before there was a neighborhood, it was his ranch, his land and I had never walked by.

Gates are made to both keep out and to let in. It let in a moment of wonder and reflection that now sits in my overflowing cupboard of life’s blessings.

Are  gates keeping you out or letting you in? ††† en theos ††† jimwork

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I have been thinking a lot about the choice we all have about the narrow door or the narrow gate.

Matthew has it as the gate: “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:13-14

Luke has it as the door (depending on which version of the bible you read, KJV has Luke defining it as a gate): “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.” Luke 13:24

Mark does not mention the gate or the door.

Any how, as Luke and Matthew tell you, be it the gate or the door, only a few seem to be able to either find it or get through it.

I’m still a looking, but those freeways while they are faster,  the blue roads are so much more interesting…..either way, make sure you pay the toll!

God Spede ††† en theos ††† jlawrence

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Yesterday I came across this thought provoking quote via one of my daily devotionals. As one who has a constant struggle with the spiritual nature and meaning of seeds & fruits, gates & doors and paths & roads, this simple saying struck a deep blow to my mind. I just had to create an image to go with it.

Ken Kesey was the author of “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest“. He had many seeds, roads & weeds within him. You can read a short bio of him here: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7285.Ken_Kesey

“What Kesey’s quotation about apples and seeds says to us about perspective is absolutely beautiful in its simple truth:  there’s no way of knowing the extent of the potential in anything, really, and something like an apple seed can give us years and years of bountiful harvests, with uncounted apples. People are the same way, of course.  There’s no telling what’s inside each person that we meet, no telling the potential that each person has for growth and for doing exceptional things.  Just like the apple seed, though, our potential is realized by creating just the right conditions for our growth and development.  Just as the apple cannot thrive in dry, barren climes, so is it difficult for us to thrive in situations that are not fitting.” ©Walsh, Tom:  Living Life Fully’s Daily Meditations, Year One. Living Life Fully Publications.

So, what is the moral of this to you ?

pezful ez feelin’ @U….en theos†††jlawrence

Photos on the journey #385

More magic of the doors & gates of New Mexico.

It just blows me away at how creative folks can be and work with what materials they are given. Some might see this as junky and it probably wouldn’t pass code in all townships.

I find a sense of design and order in the clutter of it all. It makes me smile and plays music to my eyes.†††††en theos……jim

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LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE !

Okay, I am still working on my door/gate search, but I just couldn’t pass this one by. It is a nice complement to my earlier beware of dog image.

In this one, the dog is not one of those “is there really a big dog or a poodle” kind of moments. You don’t have to wonder of what it is you are to beware. Then when there is also a police car parked outside with K-9 warning sign. You should get the message. This is not a gate that I need to go through.

Heed those signs, hopefully they will eventual lead you to that narrow path††††††en theos††jim