Please see the larger version of this cross we saw in front of a magnificent Swiss waterfall!
Updated April 12, 2006
Images of the Cross in God's Creation
Beneath the cross of Jesus
I fain would take my stand,
The shadow of a mighty rock
within a weary land;
A home within the wilderness,
a rest upon the way,
From the burning of the noontide heat,
and the burden of the day.
High up on a tall Eucalyptus tree!
Years ago, Andy, I and our three young sons rented a car and drove south through Europe. We didn't meet many people who knew our wonderful God, and few showed any interest in hearing about Him. In fact, it seemed that the Creator was hardly welcome -- even in Norway, my own beautiful native country.
One day, God showed us some intertwined branches that formed a clear image of the cross, and my heart was filled with thanks. During the rest of the trip, we kept looking for the cross, and He would show it to us in the most surprising places. It always brought joy -- as if we were sharing with Him a wonderful secret: the secret of constant and eternal fellowship with our Shepherd and King -- through the cross.
One of the most special crosses "happened to be" in Switzerland -- right in front of the spectacular waterfall shown at the top of this page. (See The cross and the waterfall)
"God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world." Galatians 6:14
See the little hummingbird in her nest to the right of the cross. We actually didn't notice the cross until we downloaded and enlarged this small part of a larger picture. God is so good!
Upon that cross of Jesus
Mine eye at times can see
The very dying form of One
Who suffered there for me;
And from my stricken heart with tears
Two wonders I confess;
The wonders of redeeming love
And my unworthiness.
Hear the melody:
It's so exciting to find reminders of God's love in unexpected places!
I take, O cross, thy shadow
For my abiding place;
I ask no other sunshine
Than the sunshine of His face;
Content to let the world go by
To know no gain or loss,
My sinful self my only shame,
My glory all the cross.
In the picture on the right, we added the crossbar (a broken birch branch) to our birch tree covered with wisteria vines:
After asking God to show me more natural images
of the cross in our neighborhood, I took the following pictures.
I thought you might enjoy the pictures with us.
The last three pictures show two old pieces of driftwood placed
in different settings:
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