Living With An Enigma

The dictional defines an enigma as “a person or thing that is mysterious, puzzling or difficult to understand.”  Synonyms are: conundrum, paradox, quandary, puzzle, riddle.  Sometimes I feel like this word describes my life experience all too well.  But this sense is heightened living cross-culturally where I continually feel thrown off balance.  Recently we took a trip with a friend to see some waterfalls in the interior of the country. Although our experience did not entail encountering a flash flood, as some from our sister team experienced on another waterfall excursion, it has given me some visual images to juxtapose to some very familiar words I’ve been reading this week.  Thus allowing me to  create a depiction of how I so often feel; both in cross-cultural living and also in my walk of faith in which I’m constantly surprised by the greatest Enigma of all time, Jesus.  I hope you can appreciate the humor and join me in laughing and marveling at life’s ironies.

Psalm 23

thumb_IMG_20160214_111133390_HDR_1024

“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

IMG_20160131_111205151_1024

He makes me lie down in green pastures,

thumb_IMG_20160214_111038557_1024

 

he leads me beside quiet waters,

he refreshes my soul.

 

He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.

thumb_IMG_20160214_123531789_1024

thumb_IMG_20160214_123712637_1024

Even though I walk through the darkest valley,

thumb_IMG_20160214_134437849_1024

I fear no evil, for you are with me;

thumb_IMG_20160214_112507248_1024

your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies

thumb_IMG_20160214_115809240_1024

You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

thumb_IMG_20160214_113639234_HDR_1024

Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

thumb_IMG_20160214_120538033_HDR_1024

So thankful for the opportunity to experience the beauty of the countryside of Burundi and for the privilege of walking each day with the Shepherd who understands and loves it’s people and me, inviting us to trust the enigma that He is and enjoy the wonder of life He’s given.

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Living With An Enigma

  1. Nelly says:

    Beautiful in every way

  2. Mark E Huffman says:

    Lovely pictures, and I liked the pairing with Psalm 23. Thank you, Carolyn. Happy Easter.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s