Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Peace Like a River...


Our farm has a river below it that runs with a quiet murmuring we can hear during the night.
Our crops benefit from it during the dry season.
Water gets pumped by a generator and through the sprinkler system.


We enjoy walks along the river with our dogs...
come along with us as we take a trip along it


The river is lined with large boulders...
and shaded by an emerald forest


There is bamboo everywhere...
looking tall, straight and beautiful...
lending an ethereal feel to the forest


Every so often...
we meet a tree that had seen long ago days...
and now gives homes to lizards and other forest critters


Because this land was a large plantation estate at one time...
we still see fruit trees of various kinds still living and propagating...
such as the avocado tree below...
we will revisit this one to see how the pears are coming along...
they are free for the taking to those who find them.


You can click on any photo to see larger views


The river runs down from the mountains...
full of nutrients and always cool.
Fish live in it...and we do see crayfish.


We love the pools of water...
some are a few feet deep...


The dogs certainly find their thirst quenched...
and refreshment in the cool waters


The rocks and boulders give places of small waterfalls


The plants living along side the river...
thrive, bold and beautiful


We pass by papaya trees growing wild still...
giving fruit for the wild things of the forest for food...


I do so love the waterfalls...



Just a piece of the emerald forest along the way


We stop at any mango tree bearing fruit ready for picking...


We stop in a few sunlit spots...


and feel the difference in the coolness of the shades...
under the canopies of trees


The wild vines capture my imagination...
with their tangled weaves from tree to tree


We could keep going...
but, it's a long way off still to the end of the river...
which eventually meets with the sea.


Often, it is tempting for me to see only chaos in this world
and forget that God is in control.
Whenever my mind starts to focus on the chaos rather than on the Lord, He will remind me in His word that He is indeed Sovereign.
One of the most wonderful promises in the Bible...
is in Isaiah 66:12 - 13
"For thus saith the Lord,
Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river,
and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream:
then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides,
and be dandled upon her knees."
This verse is explaining the peace of God for the spiritual Jerusalem that is built up by God of both Jews and Gentiles.
The same peace of God that is given into our hearts that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7) in the face of a troubled world.
Now that, is heaven on earth!

May you know the peace of God also.

8 comments :

  1. I too, more times lately than I should, get caught up in the wickedness of man trying to control man with lies and deceit. Thank you for the beautiful photos and scripture as a reminder that God is always in control.

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  2. Amen, that is heaven on earth.

    Such lovely photos! You all are very blessed in that land of plenty!

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  3. That is a beautiful verse may you experience an abundance of that peace. What a gorgeous river we have a very small one that runs on our property during the rainy season....and I love to sneak out there and listen to the sound of the water ~Have a blessed week Love Heather

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  4. Beautiful pics and so green and sunny.

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  5. I so have enjoyed seeing your beautiful island. It really does take me back to my beautiful Cartagena :-D

    Thank you so much for sharing...

    Mrs. M.

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  6. No mountains, rivers or streams in Cayman, but from our house, you can hear the sea if it's rough!

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  7. Thanks for taking me on your walk! I love the bamboo! And I wish I could grow avocado here - they are very expensive in the stores right now but my family loves them.

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  8. Just Beautiful!... Nature makes this woman happy...Thank You for sharing your walk.

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