Spring photos with Bible verses
Spring is undoubtedly the most beautiful and most colourful season in Cyprus. Bright blooms appear in unexpected places throughout the island, for example, on the uncultivated land in Paphos Archaeological Park pictured below.
The flowers appear in season, but it is not long until their glory fades and they wither away. Such is the human story; the gift of the longest life on earth is only a drop in eternity's ocean!
So teach us to number our days,
That we may gain a heart of wisdom.
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The temperature is still below 30 degrees, which provides pleasant conditions for movement and photography. The brilliant blue sky is most welcome after an unusually prolonged winter of grey and cloudy skies.
Looking heavenwards inspires thoughts of God’s majesty and sovereignty. His realm is open and receptive to our prayers as we seek His guidance for our spiritual path.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
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Windy days are still common in spring! The sea can be choppy with powerful waves crashing on the rocks. Pockets of vibrant crown daisies are abundant, fluttering in the wind as they reflect the sun's golden rays.
Heart Sea Viewpoint
The flowers sway wildly in the breeze when open to the elements without protection. However, God's people are never unprotected since He promises to keep us in His hand and will help in time of need.
For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand,
Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’
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The verses mentioned above express that God is with us during our sojourn on earth to give us wisdom, guidance and help. At times He may appear not to answer our prayers, but His silence is not an expression of indifference. He knows the end from the beginning and is sovereign in our lives.
I PRAYED FOR …
I prayed for strength, and then I lost awhile All sense of nearness, human and divine; The love I leaned on failed and pierced my heart, The hands I clung to loosed themselves from mine; But while I swayed, weak, trembling, and alone, The everlasting arms upheld my own.
I prayed for light; the sun went down in clouds, The moon was darkened by a misty doubt, The stars of heaven were dimmed by earthly fears, And all my little candle flames burned out; But while I sat in shadow, wrapped in night, The face of Christ made all the darkness bright.
I prayed for peace, and dreamed of restful ease, A slumber free from pain, a hushed repose; Above my head the skies were black with storm, And fiercer grew the onslaught of my foes; But while the battle raged, and wild winds blew, I heard His voice and perfect peace I knew.
I thank you, Lord, You were too wise to heed My feeble prayers, and answer as I sought, Since these rich gifts Your bounty has bestowed Have brought me more than all I asked or thought; Giver of good, so answer each request With Your own giving, better than my best.
Annie Johnston Flint.