Posts Tagged ‘reality’

Yosemite Wolf photographed by Karin Saunders

Although I’m an unapologetic cat person, I have always loved wolves. There’s just something about those beautiful animals that live in a structured pack family on the outskirts of man’s world that has always fascinated me.

The American Indian tales have a great amount of wisdom and truth in them and, depending on the tribe can feature an assortment of animals, tricksters and other character’s that emphasis a basic truth.

Just recently when I heard an old Cherokee tale about two wolves, I paid close attention. Maybe you’ve read it, but just in case you haven’t, here it is.

A Cherokee Legend

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Reading this story you can’t help but get a visual of the wolves, their attributes and the fact that which one is fed is the one that grows. And, like the grandfather, we all have this fight raging inside of us.

This begs the question, which inner wolf are you feeding?

The reality of the situation goes one step further. At some point we all must come to grips with the realization that we are in a losing battle against ourselves. The only way we can win the battle is to turn to the only One who can provide us with the sustenance that can feed the positive wolf within and in the process starve the other.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”

Philippians 4:8

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Lightning strikes during the eruption of the G...

Image via Wikipedia

Every once in a while you see photographs that really make you sit up and take notice of the enormity of the natural forces in this world we live in.

We’ve seen a lot of these images in recent months, tsunamis, tornados, floods, you name a natural disaster, and chances are we’ve all seen some sort of photograph of it somewhere.

But, the images, usually awash in a mixture of multi-layered grays, blacks and whites, don’t convey the out-of-control intensity of the moment when these things hit. It’s like looking at a black and white photograph then comparing it to a color photograph of the same event. The color one is going to stand out far and above the black and white, if only because it catches our eye more, is less flat, looks more like real life, and, maybe, we can relate to these because they do look more like we see the world in all its colorful intensity.

The photographs from the volcanic eruption of Chili’s Puyehue Volcano, and the ash plume it spewed run through and perforated with lightning bolts like something out of a Sci-Fi movie are just those types of photographs. Unlike the muted grays of recent natural disaster photographs, they show vibrant colorful image’s that accurately portray the intensity of the event.

National Geographic’s cut line on their photographs of the event hits the nail on the head, “In a scene no human could have witnessed, an apocalyptic agglommeration of lightning bolts illuminates an ash cloud above Chile’s Puyehue volcano (map) on Sunday.”

You can view the photographs here:


It struck me as I looked in amazement at the photographs, thinking how similar they were to many of the photo’s of deep space, that many times we view the Lord in the flat black, white and gray that we see many of these photo’s in. And, because of this, although we get a sense of His intensity and enormity, our view of Him lacks the vibrancy and intensity and impact of the reality of seeing Him in color.

“Above the expanse over their heads was what looked like a throne of sapphire, and high above on the throne was a figure like that of a man.I saw that from what appeared to be his waist up he looked like glowing metal, as if full of fire, and that from there down he looked like fire; and brilliant light surrounded him.Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking.”

Ezekiel 1:26-28

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