Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Oasis

Last night at around 8 o'clock, I took a spur-of-the-moment, over night trip to my favorite little town in Colorado— Manitou Springs. It's a little mountain town just west of Colorado Springs, at the base of Pikes Peak.

After a  two hour drive, I was at my friend's cabin (on property of Summit Ministires) in Manitou Springs.

I love Manitou Springs. As some of you may remember, I almost moved here in June, but God seemingly had other plans.

I'm so grateful for the little 'oasis in the desert' I had last night and this morning. A couple other friends of mine, Julianne and Christina— who are also photographers, and I took pictures of the eclipse at Garden of the Gods — as well as laughed at the stupidity and ignorance of those who decided to turn on their car's headlights and fire off their camera's flash to try to capture the eclipse (Hooollla, is your little pop up flash going to brighten up the sky for you, really?!?). Or the poor lady who decided that she wanted to lay on top of her car's hood to watch the eclipse... she layed out a soft blanket on top of the car's hood, and then slid right off onto the ground  (where's the blooper whistle sound?) — giving the appearance much like someone riding down a slippery slide in a potato sack.

This morning as I headed back home, I stopped off at one of my favorite coffee shops ever — Agia Sophia. They make the best Chai Latte! I took my pottery mug upstairs and found a lovely table to sit at. The morning light streamed through the tall window, illuminating the pages of my Bible where I read Isaiah 41 + 42 where I found such comfort and balm for my soul.

"He pursued them..." — Isaiah 41:3


"...Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away." — Isaiah 41:9


"For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee." — Isaiah 41:13


"A bruised reed shall he not break..." — Isaiah 42:3


"He shall not fail nor be discouraged..." — Isaiah 42:4


"I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand..." — Isaiah 42:6


"The Lord shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall... roar; he shall prevail against his enemies." — Isaiah 42:13

Overnight in Manitou Springs

Happy Christmas to everyone! I am rather weary having just come down with a cold—again—having had one just 3 weeks ago; I'm pretty sure caused by the lack of sleep the last couple nights (5 or so total hours of sleep the last two nights). Tonight I am going down to Arvada with my family to sing our hearts out in some Christmas carols with a few other families — always a highlight of my Christmas holiday!


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2 comments:

Samantha R. said...

I'm so glad that you decided to go... does this mean you'll have photos of the eclipse to share with us soon? I hope so!! :) I didn't get to see it due to snowflakes falling from the sky =P

Silly people with headlights and flashes! Ah well, I might have made the same mistake some years ago...

Your chai tea looks delicious and I love your mug; cute!

Sorry to hear about your cold; get well soon, dear!

Julianne S. Peters said...

Glad you came down. It was fun to see you. You should visit more than annually! ;-).