“Speak to the earth”

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One of the most poetic books in Old Testament is the Book of Job. Basically, the book is about a man asking the same questions many of you have asked: What have I done to deserve this? Why good people suffer? Is there a God of justice at all?

I am not going to try to answer these questions, but I do want to challenge you to ask yourself some other questions also found in the Book.

Job knows that somewhere in the Universe there is God, the Creator. How can we know that? By learning, of course:

Job 12: 7  But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee.

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Indeed, studying the physical aspect of life, from a cell to an organism, from chemistry to physiology, one can discover that God reveals Himself in many ways. Is evolution consistent with creation? It definitely is! Life evolves, the Universe evolves, and the human spirit evolves. There is a whole eternity for that.

Job 12: 8  Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.

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Speak to the earth, and listen.

Job knew the obvious, but still he had his Why? questions. Aren’t we all like that?

God didn’t answer Job’s questions. Instead, He demanded that Job answer His questions about the phenomena of Nature, and how the laws of Nature operate. Four chapters of Nature-related questions! “I will question you, and you shall answer me…”

“Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail… Out whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven? “

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“Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds that abundance of water may cover thee?”

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He asks about asses and unicorns, peacocks and ostriches, horses and grasshoppers.

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What an amazing world we have been blessed with! What an opportunity to learn and explore! Speak to the earth, and learn about your place and purpose in life. All the answers are there, and all the ideas we might need.

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At times some of us feel lonely, bitter, angry, frustrated, confused. Some of us are facing grief and tragedies. What can we do?

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The best we can do is to live day after day facing whatever is coming toward us, and knowing where we stand.


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What have you ever learned from Nature? Does the concept of eternity scare you?

Hope you are having a good week! I am resting my eyes and reading paper books instead of my Kindle … 😉 No drawing or editing! Thank you for all the good wishes, my wonderful friends!


 

And now, some awards

Please, don’t feel obliged to answer: it is my way to say Thank You! for sharing your beautiful photographs and entertaining writings! 

Canadian prairie blogger Genevieve has nominated my blog for the Creative Blogger Award. Thank you so much, Genevieve! Please visit Genevieve’s  fantastic blog – you will learn so many interesting and useful things –  you have no idea!  🙂

Here are my nominees for the Creative Blogger Award, with many thanks :

https://kyrosmagica.wordpress.com/,   http://strassenfotografien.wordpress.com/,   https://sonofabeach96.wordpress.com/, https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/,   https://graffitiluxandmurals.com/,   https://michellemaya2005.wordpress.com/, https://sydspix.wordpress.com/,  http://crumblecult.com/,  https://aquileana.wordpress.com/,  http://inesepogagallery.wordpress.com/

David from Chape  nominated my blog  for the Sunshine Award. Thank you so much, David! 🙂

David is a personal trainer, and I encourage you to read his blog.

Here are my nominees for the Sunshine Award, with many thanks:

https://hopedog.wordpress.com/, https://midihideaways.wordpress.com/, https://brushespapers.wordpress.com/, https://secretartexpedition.wordpress.com/, https://west517photos.wordpress.com/

Mythology expert and a brilliant blogger Aquileana has nominated my blog for the Best Blog Award. You are too kind, Aquileana,  thank you for believing in me 🙂 !!! Please, visit Aquileana’s charming blog and immerse yourself in the world of Gods and ancient wisdom.

Here are my nominees for the best Blog Award, with many thanks:

https://teagansbooks.wordpress.com/, https://bobbushell.wordpress.com/, https://shehannemoore.wordpress.com/, http://dalocollis.com/, https://equinoxio21.wordpress.com/, http://mythsofthemirror.com/ ,  https://milliethom.wordpress.com/, https://jeteliot.wordpress.com/, https://tropicalfloweringzone.wordpress.com/, https://twobrownfeet.com/

Thank you for who you are and what you are doing!

inesemjphotography  Have a great weekend!

120 comments

    1. Olga, I cannot disagree with you. We are not the centre indeed, and we know very little about things. Whatever our beliefs, the Life is much bigger than the fraction we think we know.

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  1. Dear Inese. I found this post to be exceptionally thought-provoking. I know I’ve never said this before, but I seem to have spent all of my 69 years looking for answers. I did R.E. ‘A’ Level in the 6th form in the hope that studying the Bible, and religion in general, might answer some of those questions and allay my doubts and scepticisms. But here I am today, still asking questions. At uni I studied geology and evolution and am certain that evolution is an ongoing thing. Life and life-forms, and the Earth on which we live, continuously changes. It is, indeed, an amazing world, and I feel more than privileged to have been a part of it, if only for a mere second of geological time. I’m still asking questions, simply because I can’t answer those such as why people suffer …
    Well, enough of all that. Thank you so much for the nomination! I haven’t been visiting people’s blogs much for some weeks, and am just pplaying ‘catch up’ now! So I’m sorry to have missed this when you posted. We’ve had two whole weeks away since Easter, and I’ve been attempting to write as well. Yikes! I’d love to accept the award – thank you so much! I see the logo in your side bar an imagine I look at Aquileana’s blog for the rules?
    Sorry for the long comment. I got a bit carried away! 🙂

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Millie! It is my way to say ‘thank you’, because I do love your posts. There are no rules except that you can nominate another 5-10 bloggers.

      I guess some questions have a very personal answer – they were never supposed to be answered in general. The only thing I am sure about is that in this perfectly balanced Universe everything has its purpose and meaning.
      Have a lovely weekend!

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  2. As ever thank you for your wonderful posts Inese, and thank you for the nomination – creative blogger award – really appreciate it so much. But I’ve gone award free just recently but will add you to my Thank you list. 🙂

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        1. No, no, you don’t have to! I am officially award-free from this minute 🙂 Just forget it 🙂 I didn’t mean anything like that, I just wanted to say thank you, that’s all. Oh my goodness, lets just forget all the story 🙂

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  3. Sweet Ines, your post is very inspiring. I think you are quite right that it is human nature to ask “why?” and, in particular, to wonder the reasons behind good people facing horrific circumstances… I think God wishes us to know that through darkness we can find more love for the light ❤ I love your photos that accompany your words! Also, congratulations on the awards – well deserved!

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    1. Thank you Christy! I hope I will never have a reason to ask these ‘why’ questions… As you say, many people have to face horrific circumstances, and my heart goes out to them.
      These passages from the Book of Job impressed me because of the author’s profound knowledge of the nature.
      Thank you again for stopping by, and for your thoughtful comment! xx

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    1. Indah, you know that better than many others 🙂 We all need each other for harmony and balance. Thank you for your comment! Best wishes with everything you do! xx

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  4. “What an amazing world we have been blessed with! What an opportunity to learn and explore! Speak to the earth, and learn about your place and purpose in life. All the answers are there, and all the ideas we might need.”

    I love your words and your photographs are splendid, as always. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! I have been banned from the monitor these days, and had to read paper books 🙂 I know the Bible quite well, but still make discoveries, like this one. Thank you again for your lovely comment!

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  5. A lovely post, Inese. I’m not into religion at all but nature always brings such peace and your photos are a delight. Eternity is something I don’t think about in terms of afterlife. I don’t think I’m sociable enough for heaven or brave enough for hell. Just want everlasting sleep. Maybe that’s eternity!

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    1. I didn’t mean anything religious speaking about eternity 🙂 People are so afraid of religion (because of political correctness) that they forget that the Universe has no beginning and no end, the same as energy, time and space. Infinite! They are infinite 🙂

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  6. This post is sublime, beautiful, and deeply thought provoking–thank you, Inese. I am going to reblog it so that my readers can know the joy and delight that radiates through the photographs and your fine words. My grandparents were immigrants from Ireland (O’Neill and Sheehan–County Derry and County Cork). My reverence and gratitude for my Irish heritage grows with each passing year. How blessed I’ve been to connect with your blog through the wonder of the world wide web. Keep up the great work. Your blog is an inspiration to all your followers. Peace. Steve Stahley

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    1. Thank you so much, Steve! It is amazing how your grandparents have met. It probably wouldn’t happen in Ireland since Derry and Cork are miles away from each other.
      The country of your ancestors is beautiful, and I really hope you will be able to travel and visit both counties. I wish you all the best, and thank you for reblogging!

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  7. OMG. I was getting so antsy when the page here wouldn’t move down so I could see your images. Now I have do you blame me for belting the mouse. These are mouth watering AND I do love the nature theme. Its power and beauty, its brutality at times too, is something we should never mess with.

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    1. Thank you! 🙂 I grew up pretty much in the wild, and nature feels like home to me. The only thing that both scared and mesmerized was the dark sky with the myriads of stars. As I grew up, I learned to worry only about the things I can do something about 🙂
      Brutality, yes! One of the pictures was taken during the flight over Greenland. Word ‘brutality’ came to mind.

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      1. You are more than welcome. I love your work. It doesn’t matter what you photograph either, you have such an eye. And thank you, thank you for the award. Had such internet probs yesterday. I didn’t get the chance to say so. I got bumped off xxx

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      2. Yeah, that happened to me earlier. I clicked like, It said liked and then the like was gone. Very odd. Then the reader wouldn’t load. The thing is I used to get email notifications of blogs but that has stopped and I cannot see any way to sort that. So the last thing I need is this happening..

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        1. For the notifications: Go to Reader and click on Manage. You will see the long list of those you follow. On the left side of each icon is a button that looks like a ‘greater than’ symbol. When you click on it, a dialog box opens, and you can choose the way you want the notifications to be delivered. I personally set them to ‘once a week’.

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  8. I’m not particularly religious, but I can’t help but agree that we are indeed blessed to live in such a wonderful world. I always feel that way whenever I go walking in the park or in the countryside and see the natural world all about me.

    As for the concept of eternity, it doesn’t really scare me so much as confuse me. My mind is simply to small to contain the idea. I try to picture it, but always fail miserably. 🙂

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    1. The only ‘religious’ thing in this post is the fact that I have read the Bible 🙂
      Years ago I read that human mind is not expected to comprehend infinity. I was very relieved to learn that 🙂

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      1. I’m certainly very glad our minds are not expected to comprehend the tricky concept of the infinite. I had a hard enough time in elementary school with my multiplication tables. For a long time 12×12 seemed pretty close to infinity to me. 🙂

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        1. Haha, agree with you. Elementary helped me a lot too – I didn’t have so much time on my hands anymore, and I got very real troubles to worry about 🙂
          Eternity is quite measurable, and definitely changeable. I have no fear of it at this age 🙂

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  9. Positively beautiful–words and images alike. I have always reveled in those walks outside of society so I can feel the divine touch of the grass and the sunlight filtered through the leaves. Lovely post.

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    1. Thank you Jean! These walks help me feel content. When I was a child, I used to be afraid of the words “endless” or “eternal”. I thought that my brain would burst when I tried to imagine eternity. Now I know that it is something impossible for me to comprehend, and I am happy with what I see and understand – like the grass and the sunlight 🙂
      Thank you again!

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      1. Yes. When we are children, the concept of anything old, or wide-spanning, simply evades us. (I’m learning this the hard way with my daughter. “See this? It’s as old as castles.” “Older than Grandma?” “…Yes.” I agree with you that we don’t feel the need to wrap our minds around that which cannot be confined. I prefer to stand and stare up at the heavens, and revel in its ever-changing beauty through the hours.

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  10. A truly wonderful and thought-provoking post, Inese! I asbolutely agree with you that it is best to live day after day. I love your pictures (as always;) but especially the one where the rock is surrounded by the mass of water – it´s simply stunning!
    And thank you so much for nominating me! I´m perfectly thrilled! 🙂
    Hope your eyes get better – it is certainly a very good idea to keep to paperbooks for now. Have a wonderful weekend, dear friend! Sarah xoxo

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    1. Isn’t it true, Sarah that when we live day after day and face whatever we have to face, our focus is steadier, and our balance stronger.
      Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend! xx

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    1. Haha, so true 🙂
      When people speak about Job they always mean the other aspect of the story, the “why me” aspect. That lecture about the nature was something to ponder on.
      Best wishes!

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  11. Some great images, Inese, and Wise words in “The best we can do is live day after day facing whatever is coming towards us, and knowing where we stand”…..

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  12. Excellent series of photographs based on the Book of Job.
    Also, thanks so much for the nomination… I will bookmark it to post on it.
    Sending love and best wishes. Happy weekend ahead. Aquileana 🙂

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    1. Thank you! 🙂 I have never read much of the book, but I was inspired to do so by something I saw on Facebook 🙂 Imagine? Facebook of all the things 🙂 It is why the wise say – anything can be a messenger of truth 🙂

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  13. In our culture the nature is a kind of grandparent (and to say the truth there are not a God like christians) it’s quite wonderful your way to find God in the nature. Thank you for your beliefs and thoughts Inese, and for share them with your sight healing. Take care so much.

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    1. Thank you so much, Francis! God, or Gods – it is just a word, and what the humans would know about God if many of them wouldn’t even know where their own liver is. People are afraid to speak of the endless Universe, because they are afraid of the term “endless”. They are afraid to use the word God because it is not politically correct – what a shallow thinking! And it is how the beauty of the world slips pass them, touching their eyes, but not reaching their soul. Poor, intimidated, manipulated, corrupt and ignorant humans of Earth, with the beautiful spirits imprisoned inside.

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  14. Thank you kindly for the mention, Inese. All your photos are so beautiful. This collection is pure poetry. When the camera is in your hands, a picture really does speak a thousand words. The grasshopper is extraordinary, but I honestly can’t pick a favorite. The moss covered posts on the beach (the remains of a pier?) speaks strongly to me though. Yes… that one resonates with me. Wishing you a wonder-filled weekend. Mega hugs! ❤ 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much for you comment, Teagan! The weather looks no bad today, and I might get out for a drive 🙂 It is healthier for my eyes, anyway.
      In that picture, the posts mark the way to the oyster farm in the middle of the bay – you can see them disappear far away in the water. When the tide is out, tractors drive along the posts to the farm and the workers do whatever has to be done, and bring the boxes full of fresh oysters back with them.
      Many Hugs! ❤ xxxx

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    1. Thank you for your reply, Michele. Indeed, we have to love and take care of something that gives us balance. Would be very unwise to do the opposite. Like you, I too see balance of nature and my place in it.

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    1. Thank you! Absolutely agree with you. There is order in everything.
      The birds are so delightful to watch 🙂 I look forward to going to the islands in June to take pictures of the puffins again. I was planning the trip this morning 🙂

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  15. I enjoyed the sea scenes, the birds (fowls) and the grasshopper who looks like he is smiling at your camera, Inese.
    I believe in having daily talks with God and giving thanks for all I see, have and know. 🙂 Hugs, Robin

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      1. The Bible is so meaningful to us all and for us all. When U worry I think of the lilies in the field and realize we are to let ourselves be free of worries and trust in Him. ❤ Bless you for this beautiful message, Inese.

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