up, down or through

“I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth
and be an atheist,
but I cannot conceive how he could look up into the heavens and say
there is no God.”

Abraham Lincoln

What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me.
Helen Keller

I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.
Charlotte Bronte


(view looking up a hollow tree that has a small hole on the way up / Julie Cook /2017)


(looking down the opening to a different hollow tree / Julie Cook / 2017)


(looking through a third hollow tree / Julie Cook / 2017)

God looks down…
We look up…
He sees through…

Some writers use the word charity to describe not only Christian love
between human beings, but also God’s love for man and man’s love for God….
On the whole,
God’s love for us is a much safer subject to think about than our love for Him.
Nobody can always have devout feelings:
and even if we could, feelings are not what God principally cares about.
Christian Love, either towards God or towards man, is an affair of the will.
If we are trying to do His will we are obeying the commandment,
‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God.’
He will give us feelings of love if He pleases.
We cannot create them for ourselves, and we must not demand them as a right.
But the great thing to remember is that, though our feelings come and go, His love for us does not. It is not wearied by our sins, or our indifference;
and, therefore,
it is quite relentless in its determination that we shall be cured of those sins,
at whatever cost to us, at whatever cost to Him.

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (1952; Harper Collins: 2001) 132-133.

12 comments on “up, down or through

  1. atimetoshare.me says:

    Perfection from God’s point of view.

  2. […] here is what I wanted to reblog, up, down or through by Julie (aka […]

  3. Lynda says:

    Your photos are amazing and your post reminds me of Psalm 100:5.
    “For the Lord is good;
    his steadfast love endures forever,
    and his faithfulness to all generations.”
    Blessings on your day!

  4. I love this! Beautiful photos, Julie! And the C.S. Lewis is a perfect pairing. I love the way you think.

    I’m sure I have a lot to catch-up on… I’ve been off-line for several days, and I’ve really missed your posts. Don’t be surprised if you find me commenting on older posts throughout the week. I just don’t like to have missed any of your gems! 🙂 ❤

  5. lljostes says:

    Thank you for pulling together some thought-provoking quotes and for pointing us upward! Tis the Advent Season soon! Blessings ~ Laura

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