If this is your first time at this blog, The Great Eternal Story is a great starting point. It is a re-framing of the Lord’s story with us and sheds light on the rest of the posts.
Hello, I’m Joelle. I’m an ecologist by trade but the grander focus of my life is pursuing an endless, glory-filled, relentlessly loving Lord.
In fall of 2011 I moved to Florida to research aquatic ecosystems and also to be a part of an organic church (no relation to organic food). In the everyday our group seeks to know Jesus, love one another, and function as the Body of Christ together.
As you may guess, I spend a lot of time in nature. My backyard is stuffed with leafy greens and broccoli and I often work right alongside alligators. I also love a good hike just about anywhere.
In spite of being a scientist, organization, details, and consistency have never come naturally to me. (I probably won’t be the person you can count on to have a post every Mon and Thurs at exactly 9:00 am 😉 ) I am hoping this blog will be a way to jot down some of the thoughts (and photos) I’ve gathered over years of daily contact with nature. For a longer look at some of my photos, check out my 15 min slideshow: The Rocks Will Cry Out Video.
I am also hoping I will hear your thoughts. If you have any of your own contemplations from wandering in the woods or thumbing through the Scriptures, please leave them in the comment box or even drop me a line (below)…I would love to hear from you!
More About This Blog
“But the basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can’t see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of his divine being.”
– Romans 1:20 (MSG)
“You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life. But you miss the forest for the trees. These Scriptures are all about me!” – John 5:39 (NASB, MSG)
As we look around at the endless tapestry of creation, we see that the more we look, the more we find that all of it speaks of our Creator, Jesus Christ. The same is true when we read our story with Him that began ages ago in the garden…He appears as the constant thread throughout human history and has also surrounded us with what He has made.
This blog is meant to be an exploration of that: A venture to start viewing the world differently.
Every tree, gust of wind, deep river, and animal call is beautiful in its own right, but it also speaks of a deeper, infinite world in Jesus Christ. It tells us of His character. It tells us how He relates. It tells us what His perfect love looks like. It even tells us who we are in Him.
It seems that the Lord had a purpose in creating: to reveal Himself. And He specifically has chosen to reveal Himself to us through it. (If you would like to read more on what God was doing before time and what motivated Him to create, see my first post.)
He could have chosen to use only words to communicate who He is to us…but instead He has also chosen to give us every kind of visual message. In fact, Jesus even explained some of them to us when He was walking the earth with us.
The messages locked away in creation are endless, though our Lord always looks forward to revealing Himself to anyone who will seek. Hopefully, this blog will be a small place to seek, explore, and find.