Friday, September 19, 2014

But,It's Just Water!

It's JUST water.... we see it all over the place. We love to play in it, to drink it, to enjoy it's beauty... and sometimes we fear it, but it is JUST water.  Hmmm.

 The water droplets that form on leaves can look so pretty. So many times, we just see that it is wet and gloomy.. and we miss the beauty. It is there, but it does take some close looks to find it.
 Those simple little water droplets can act as a magnifying glass, showing the fine detail of the leaf under the droplet.
 The droplets on flowers can reflect and show a beauty all their own.
 A single drop can reflect the image of other things in the area we haven't really noticed.
 The overall effect of droplets on a flower can highlight the beauty of the flower............ or we can miss the beauty completely and just complain that we want nice weather with no rain.
 We enjoy lakes and the beauty they add.... but it really is "just" water.
 The steam rising so beautifully on a cool morning at the lake transforms an oft-seen vista... into a delightful glimpse of mystery and wonder.
 The water in a lake reflects the beauty of the clouds, the sky, trees and more. We tend to take it for granted... after all, it is "Just" water.
 In the garden, the droplets form only on the edges of certain leaves.....
 and gives a jeweled look to their edges. We miss so much when we just complain. The beauty is all around... and it comes in the form of water... "just" water.

Okay, I am issuing a warning here.... the next pictures may be a bit hard to look at... but we all know the time is coming where these will be here... so be prepared.....
 Icicles are beautiful, and they only come in cold, wintry weather.....  we decide to enjoy the beauty, because we have to endure the long cold winter, but isn't it amazing what God can do with "just" water?  :)

The treacherous roads and walkways come also... with ice and snow...

Yes, yes, I know.... it hurts to think about, but it is coming... snow and the cold along with it.... another form of water... it is "just" water.

We enjoy the snow, the sledding, the beautiful snow covered scenes.... and we fear the snow covered streets... the slippery surfaces, the endless shoveling, the severe cold.

The intricacy of snowflakes is amazing.... what a marvel of design.

Then there is water that comes and stays were it shouldn't... causing flooding of varying proportions... a simple backyard flood.........or huge devastating floods that threaten lives and property.

Fog is another form of water that can be dangerous... and it hides our view of the road or scenery... and yet it also creates new beauty. There have been times when we would wake up and see fog... the kids and I would rush to get ready (at 6:30 on a Saturday morning!) to go to the nearby park on a photo shoot. My husband said we were crazy and he went back to sleep. :) The rest of us enjoyed a morning of wonder in the quiet hush of a world surrounded with tiny water droplets. Since we don't get much fog here, it is a novelty and we enjoy seeing the world in its shroud of misty humidity. It is beautiful and unusual, but if we just dismiss it with a cranky attitude, we will miss the elusive and amazing sights.

Different plants react differently to the water droplets.. some resist it and it flows right off... others allow it to cling, creating a special look.

Even plain grass in our yards, has a special kind of loveliness when seen up close with all the jeweled drops of water clinging to it. 

 A plain birdbath.... with water... reflects the sky and trees above it... but it is "just" water.

God uses "just" water... He makes it beautiful, useful, reflective, and more. If He can do that with "just" water, what could He do with us?
Droplets clinging to orange and red leaves take on the color of the item they cling to....

It makes me wonder... what am I reflecting? What am I clinging to? If I cling to Jesus, it only makes sense that He will be reflected in me... and give glimpses of him to those around me.

Like water is "just" water, I am "just" me.... but God is the One who transforms and who creates loveliness we have never imagined. Instead of wanting others to see "me", I can want others to see the One reflected in me...

Thank you for visiting today..... I hope you are able to see the delightful beauty of "just" water.... and the delightful beauty of those reflecting God, instead of themselves.  I hope you have a great day. :)

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  1. Replies
    1. Thank you so much... glad you stopped by. :)

  2. Nice photos!
    Haha, I loved the warning...winter is coming to fast. It seems like summer just began. :-)

    1. It does seem like winter is just right there, trying to come extra quickly this year. :) Thank you for visiting. :)

  3. You capture some really good images. Stopping in from Faith along the way to say hey and have a good day!

  4. Love the photo's! Did you take them? Woww..amazing!!! Love photography! Nice blog!

    1. Thank you... yes, I did take all of the pictures... I enjoy photography and capturing unique images. :) Thank you for visiting.

  5. Amazing pictures! I love how you captured water-except snow. I could have done without those ;)

    1. I understand on the snow... I love it... for a short amount of time!!! :) Thank you for stopping by - so nice to have you.

  6. Water in its varied forms all bring us life and refreshment. We do not welcome the floods or being snowed in, but it does bring change. Your photos are beautiful and I can almost taste the drops of water. Thank you for sharing your inspiring post with us here at “Tell Me a Story."

    1. Thank you for visiting.... and for the encouragement.... I appreciate the link up party. :)

  7. How poetic. Thanks for sharing :) I come from a desert and I think water droplets on things are so pretty.
    In fact, when I first moved to a greener area, I remember getting up one morning and seeing the water droplets and asking if it had rained. The reply? No, silly, that's from the sprinklers.
    In Tucson, where I'm from, most places have desert plants and decorative rock :)

    1. What a wonderful comment! Thank you for visiting. :)

  8. As usual, ya dun good and you shared beautifully and honestly. Thank you. [OH, and I'm a purple person, so your blog colorfulness makes me grin.]

    1. What a sweet comment.... it made me smile. :) Thank you for visiting.

  9. Pretty pics! Love leaves with water droplets!

  10. Beautiful pictures! (I'm so glad I don't live where icicles and snow happen, though!)

    1. Thank you.... I do like the ice and snow... for short periods! :) I do understand enjoying being where you don't get that... but I think I would miss it... I have always lived where we have cold winters. :) So nice of you to visit.

  11. Lovely photographs of nature!! Thanks for sharing at the party. Theresa @DearCreatives

    1. Thank you... and thank you for the link up party. :)

  12. Wow!! Just wow!! I love photos with water dripping - up close and personal. These are absolutely gorgeous!! Stopped over from Paula's blog hop - glad I did!

    1. Thank you - what an encouraging comment. I am so glad you stopped by also. :)

  13. I loved this post! The photos, the message. WOW!

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

    1. Thank you for visiting and for the kind comment. I also appreciate the blog hop.... :)

  14. Your pictures are lovely and anything but "just" water!!! Thank you for sharing Joy! It was another pleasant visit here on this blog :)

    1. Thank you... I am always glad to have you visit... such an encouragement. :)

  15. I love taking pictures with water droplets and ice and snow ;) Yours are gorgeous!!

    Thanks so much for linking up at Teach Me Tuesday last week. You are very much appreciated. Hope to see you again this week. Starts tonight at 8PM CST.

    Have a great week!!

    1. Thank you very much... thank you also for the blog link up. :)