Monday, February 29, 2016

Boringly Beautiful

Whenever people ask what the company I work for does, they always get a little glassy-eyed as I explain that we manufacture geosynthetic liner systems, used in multiple applications (including waste, water, mining, coal ash, energy, civil, industrial, agriculture and aquaculture) to solve various problems associated with earth retention and water containment, among other things. Pretty boring, right? Right.

However, the projects we're involved in can be pretty fascinating. My favorite—hands down— is the word's largest outdoor swimming pool, located at the San Alfonso del Mar resort in Algarrobo, on Chile's southern coast.

The pool is more than 1,000 yards long, covers 20 acres, has a 115-ft deep end and holds 66 million gallons of water. It took five years to build, cost nearly $1 billion and the annual maintenance bill will be $2 million.

How's that for not boring?

Monday, February 22, 2016

Barren Branches to the Sky

The sight of these barren branches against a cloudless blue sky captured my attention the other day. This is one of my favorite spots for eating lunch.

In the springtime, these branches are covered with budding beauty, and in the summer, they provide much-needed shade. Today, their barrenness reminded me of myself, and gave me renewed hope that nothing lasts forever. Warm winds will blow again. Spring will surely come.

Until then, I lift my branches skyward and wait.

"He restoreth my soul." - Psalm 23:3

Friday, February 19, 2016

It's A Beautiful Thing

My beloved granddaughter - Audrey Emeline
Photo taken by Dayle (the beloved aunt)
To believe that the human body came about by any means other than God’s design is simply preposterous. On any given day, our bodies are walking marvels.

We have 206 bones and 60,000 miles of blood vessels. Our eyes are so sensitive that if the earth was flat, we could see a candle flickering at night 30 miles away. To put that in perspective, if you live in Dallas, you could see the flicker in Ft. Worth.

We can distinguish up to 10 million colors. Our noses can remember 50,000 scents. Every time we take one step, we use 200 muscles. A piece of brain tissue the size of a grain of sand (a grain of sand!) contains 100,000 neurons and 1 billion synapses all communicating with each other at high rates of speed.

To believe we just “happened” is like saying the tiny parts of your smart phone mysteriously, totally by chance, came together one day and started working—bing, bang, boom. Preposterous, indeed.

The Psalmist David said it best: “You created my inmost being; you ‘knit me together’ in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and ‘wonderfully’ made.”

We didn’t just happen, you and I. We are living souls inside miraculous bodies, designed and created by Almighty God. He made us, he knows us and he loves us. It's a beautiful thing. ♦

Linked at Spiritual Sundays.