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THE BEAUTY OF GOD
Hello all you good people out there!
I pray none of you have had any setbacks this week like I did! The last three chapters of my book I have rewritten and added to and revised several scenes and really got them into shape when I was visiting my sister last month. My sister reviewed the changes on her own and with me. I sent a copy to my computer here at home and my sister saved it in two different places. But we cannot find the recent changes! The changes are no where in her computer or flash drive, nor on my computer anywhere. How did that happen? It is very frustrating but you know it happened the last time I came near to completion of my novel “Of One Tongue”. And I wound up having to rewrite the last few scenes all over again. I would sure appreciate your prayers because I know this is a battle not against flesh and blood but with the principalities of darkness! Ugh! But this is not going to stop me. I will roll up my sleeves and hit the computer again and get to work. So again, I pray you all have had a much better week than I and will have a great week to come.
So with that major frustration in mind I decided to look to God’s glory instead of dwelling on irritation. A friend sent me several beautiful snapshots I would like to share with you so in your prayers for me for protection from the evil one and staying the hand of the enemy, you can also give thanks to God’s love of wondrous creations.
This photo taken by Oleg Bartunov, is a breathtaking snapshot of a phenomenon known as Iridescent clouds. It “was observed early morning on October 18, 2009 on the path to Khumjung in the Himalayas. The mountain pictured is Thamserku (6623m). Iridescent clouds are a diffraction phenomenon cause by small water droplets or small ice crystals individually scattering light. Larger ice crystals produce halos, which are a refraction phenomena rather than iridescence. Iridescence should similarly be distinguished from the refraction in larger raindrops that makes a rainbow. If parts of clouds have small droplets or crystals of similar size, their cumulative effect is seen as colors. The cloud must be optically thin, so that most rays encounter only a single droplet. Iridescence is therefore mostly seen at cloud edges or in semi-transparent clouds, and newly forming clouds produce the brightest and most colorful iridescence.”1 A different version of this photo (not included) that had been tampered with by turning the cloud into a spiral actually, in my opinion, took away from the natural beauty and wonder of God’s handy work.
“Lake Retba or Lac Rose lies north of the Cap Vert peninsula of Senegal (a country in west Africa), north east of Dakar.Depending on the time of day, the lake changes colour from a light purple to a deep scarlet pink. The unusual colouring of the water is caused by harmless halophilic bacteria that thrive in the lake’s high-salinity environment. The color is particularly visible during the dry season. “ ‘The strawberry colour is produced by a salt-loving organism, Dunaliella salina. They produce a red pigment that absorbs and uses the energy of sunlight to create more energy, turning the water pink,’ said Michael Danson, an expert in bacteria from Britain's Bath University. Covering an area of about 3 sq km, the lake is located about 35km north-east of Senegal’s capital Dakar. Since the 1970s, local residents have been mining Lake Retba for its salt, which they use mainly to preserve fish.”2
This spectacular photo via David Adashek is called the “Road to Heaven” for obvious reasons. It is located in Ireland and every two years the stars align with the road to make this beautiful display.
An amazing phenomenon occurs each year in February at
I hope you enjoyed these wonderful photos. God bless and take care!