The adventure of writing a book has many twists and turns. Who knew I would trek in the backwoods to see nature at its most primitive, worrying the whole time I’d step on a snake? Or that I would chase storms around the lake for the perfect photograph when sensible people stayed inside? Each step of faith resulted in the gift of a new awareness of God and His presence with me.
This picture of my office floor shows the struggle organizing hundreds of scenic water views of Lake County, Florida. Near Orlando, the area features more than 1,400 lakes. Since the water flows northward from the Green Swamp, I spent months traveling from Lake Louisa State Park by Clermont to Lake Griffin State Park outside Fruitland Park with my camera to capture beauty I took for granted as a child.
Waterways in Lake County consist of two major chains. The Clermont Chain has 17 lakes, while the Harris Chain has 12. Below the surface of these calm waters, lies the Floridan Aquifer. This natural underground reservoir of fresh water spans Florida and portions of Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina.
In addition to the physical journey around this beautiful region, there also is a spiritual one. “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ…” (Ephesians 3:18 NIV).
During July and August, I will share scenes from the journey. May these original photographs and Living Water to Refresh Your Soul provide a sense of peace. Rest in each tranquil moment, knowing God loves you.
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