by Katie Marie

img_0061.jpgI can still hear the haunting cries of the loons lingering in my mind. As always it was a beautiful time in the Boundary Waters! Time stands still up there. It is forever changing yet life goes on day after day just as it has a hundred years ago, a thousand years ago, as far I know, since the day God spoke it into existence.

img_0080.jpg Walking along portages from lake to lake rough trails are peppered with roots, rocks, dips and rises. It is mostly rock up there with a thin covering of sponge earth with brave pines and poplars and a few oaks and cedars scattered here and there. Looking at the shore line it is amazing to see trees growing out of a mere shelf in the rock or a little crack in sheer stone. Yet a few mighty pines tower above the rest. Pines that would take probably 3 of me to reach around its massive girth. How long have they stood there I wonder. How many trees have they seen sprout only to wither and die? How many lightning strikes have passed them by to snap the tree next to it? How many travelers like myself have stopped to gaze upon it? It stands at attention and guards the wilderness. Yet its might is still vulnerable. 29.jpgEven the MIGHTIEST tree will one day come crashing to the ground.

The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand forever.

Isaiah 40:8  

img_0127.jpg God is bigger, stronger, more beautiful than any created wonders. As I pondered these things I thought of Him through the ages. Trees have come and gone, rivers have flowed and dried up but God is never fading, all enduring and everlasting. Then I thought of not just the beauty of the world but the difficulties we face in this life. Cares of this world weigh us down when situations seem impossible. 29-1.jpgCorrupted leaders, war, famine, oppression, and things of that sort. Yet civilizations have come and gone, kingdoms have risen and fallen, but God still is and always will be Lord of all!

The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.

Isaiah 2:11  

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img_0062.jpgKatie Marie is an active young lady with a heart for the Lord. She lives in the beautiful state of Wisconsin, particularly enjoying the outdoors and EMS work, not to mention her own sweet pair of darling nephews.