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(Click, Shutter Opens) It’s absolutely pitch black.  There isn’t a sound except for the wolves miles away calling into the dark.  I’m freezing cold. my fingers are numb as I fumble through the menu for the right settings on my camera.  My breath in the frigid -42 freezes to my beard instantly as my lungs struggle to breathe in the shards of icy oxygen.  In this moment time is irrelevant. the world is behind me and there is nothing but myself staring into the mind of the creator himself.  There is no where in the world I’d rather be. Alone in the darkness, miles away from civilization standing on the side of the only desolate northern highway in the Yukon in the middle of the night I point my camera to the sky trying desperately to catch this rare moment… (Click, shutter opens.)

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Above me, I watch God paint his latest masterpiece in real time directly onto the canvass of heaven.  Maybe it’s the frozen air or maybe I’m struck by the intense beauty of it all,  but for a moment my breath is stolen from me.  Its hard to breathe. I stand silently between the snaps of the camera almost convincing myself the distant sound of the wind is actually the roar of the emerald fire above me.

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Like a green and yellow fire His strokes spread across the sky dancing around the stars in a continually moving masterpiece of perfection.  Every few seconds a completely new design, different lines and curls, new colours and shading, shapes and patterns.  I never knew it was like this.  I never knew the brilliant Aurora Borealis could dance and move across the sky like a herd of a billion shooting stars.

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Frustration sets in.  What I’m seeing above me, all around me, what I’m experiencing is not being captured on my little display screen.  I’m trying to squeeze this life changing moment, this miracle of the heavens into a digital display to share but I’m failing wildly.  I can’t stop from shooting. To think that I can’t share this beauty with those around me in life kills me.  I need to capture all this… It has to be shared.

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My shutter opens.  This moment reminds me of what it’s like to know my Creator and desperately want to share that experience.  To have all this life changing experience.  To walk and talk to be in a living relationship with my God is wildly overwhelming, but when I try to share it, when I try to capture it into words or posts, shares or status’ it becomes some cliché or mundane old newspaper headline.  It kills me inside a little.  If only the entire world could experience these lights.  If only the entire world could experience the beauty, depth, the majesty of this one moment and be forever changed, they would know true joy in the face of sorrow. Life in the face of loss. Hope in the face of darkness. If they could experience God like I experience these lights everything would change. If only I could capture it into that one perfect picture, status, or post. That perfect message or sentence.  If only I had the gift to make someone experience it… things would be different.

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but I can’t can I… I can’t.  That experience can’t be forced it needs to be a decision.   Not many people want to come to the Yukon mid winter, go out in the middle of the night on a work week, bundle up for a violent -42, sit and wait, to drive out to a desolate highway.  Not many people want to remove the city lights and sounds and venture into the cold and dark highway to look up and just see some lights. But for those who have seen them who have sat and stared into the heart of these beautiful lights, every single one of them will tell you that it’s worth everything to get there.  I’m blessed and in these moments I recognize it more then ever.  I’m blessed to see creation and know the one that made the stars, then asked them to dance.  I’m blessed because I’ve found purpose and understanding to the “who am I” question because I know the maker of the stars.   I’m blessed because I took that risk to get away from the man made lights and seek the most amazing God made Northern lights.  Blessed to know the creator. blessed to know that there is Hope in the Darkness

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Be Blessed.

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If you want to see the LIGHTS IN ACTION… watch this clip I made by merging hundreds of pictures together, This way you can see what I see.  Enjoy LIGHTS IN ACTION

If you haven’t noticed, things globally are falling apart. In the name of: religion, tradition, culture, God, war, peace, and mostly hate, this world is slowly being dismantled piece by piece. Most that know me, know that I claim a faith (not a religion) in Jesus. I don’t make it a secret, but often I fail at making it evident. My actions don’t always, and haven’t always represented my faith as well as I’d hoped. However in the midst of all the horror and be-headings, and rapes and murders in the name of some god going on in the world right now as I type this, I would fail you all who read this even more if I didn’t offer this truth:

Hope has a name.
Joy has a name.
Peace has a name.
Love has a name.

JESUS.

Maybe you don’t know what that means.
Maybe you agree and you feel elated.
Maybe it makes you shutter with fear.
Maybe it makes you laugh out loud.
Maybe it makes you quietly curious.
Worse, maybe it makes you furious.

I don’t know. I don’t know where you are, who you are, or why you are the way you are, but I know one thing. That name… the name “Jesus” has not left you without emotion. Right now the name of Jesus has stirred some emotion in you for better or for worse. No name in the history of mankind has stirred more emotions, more curiosity, more hate and more joy then the name of Jesus Christ.

I don’t say this to start or cause debate – even though I know it will.

I don’t say this to be demeaning to other faiths, even though I know it is.

I don’t say this to be divisive to my friends or family, even though I know it will divide.

I say this because we are standing on the very edge of a cliff, and we are all are going to fall off.

We all face life with one constant – we all know it will end! Today, tomorrow, or 100 years from now we will all one day lean over that cliff and fall off. Some are hoping their paper wings will carry them to destinations unknown. Some are hoping they will land safely on their bed good deeds hoping the lesser good deeds are forgotten. Some don’t even have a hope. I say all this… I bring it all up in a time of global turmoil because I’m tied to a life line. I have information about the only life line, and it’s available to you (free of charge). I’m standing here with the ability to point you in the direction to that which can save you from your eternal fall. Why would I not tell you? Who am I to withhold any truth, that offers hope and rescue. Often my pride, and my sense of self-preservation will keep or beg me quiet, but this is a failing request. My love for fellow humanity wants to scream to everyone of their possible redemption, salvation, hope, eternal security. Regardless of my passionate plea, I know people won’t want to hear it, but a few will. A few will realize the desperate position they are in and turn and run for safety… So I type on. But I’m not alone. While I know speaking the name of Jesus in a non-cursing format will bring hate and dissension, Jesus was also plenty aware of the affect He was bringing to earth.

Luke 12:51 tells us Jesus was well aware that the message, the truth that he was bringing would cause division, in Mathew 10:34 he acknowledged that it would split apart families, friends, cities and nations. Jesus came to bring new hope, and new way of living, a new system of grace, and forgiveness that this world wasn’t accustomed to. He came to teach that the powerful held no power, that the “spiritual” weren’t filled with the spirit. He came to teach that it wasn’t by our actions, it wasn’t by our “goodness” or our pursuit in religious studies or memorization of the scripture that would save us…(Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved, through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God). It was Him… Jesus. His blood, his sacrifice. (John 14:6 Jesus answered “I am the way and the truth and the life, No one comes to the father except through me”) Jesus came to turn the political, religious and social world upside down by preaching that He was the only way to God the Father and He knew that this teaching would get him beaten to near death, mocked and ridiculed, and hung on a cross to die. Jesus also knew that because of this truth He would rise again from that death, and conquer the grave – death….for us. (Revelation 21:4 “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”)

Jesus would take the comfortable and make them uncomfortable. He came to take the acceptable and make it unacceptable . He came to make the unforgiving, forgiven. The hopeless, hopeful. The broken, healed. The dead… alive.

Our world is hopeless, broken, lost, and most certainly dying. We as a human race are not beyond redemption, we are not beyond being saved, forgiven, and rescued. For decades signs and posters, and billboards have lifted the verse “John 3:16” high into the air from ball games, to political rallies, from parades, to times of war. This verse in John is mostly known by its address and rarely by its truth. It’s a verse that brings hope and healing, a verse that offers the way to salvation. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his ONE and ONLY Son so that WHOEVER Believes in Him shall not die, but have Everlasting life.” Without Jesus we will all perish, we will all die, we will spend eternity away from God, away from heaven, suffering eternally much worse then we suffer now. So all we need to do is confess our brokenness. Confess our sinful state and that we can’t make it here alone, we need to be rescued. We acknowledge the life Jesus lived and the words he spoke. We accept that He is the only risen Son of the one and only true God. We accept all the forgiveness, all the love, all the grace, all the security of Jesus and begin a daily relationship with our creator. No one is alone in their darkness (Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God). We all need to be rescued. I’m praying this will help some realize they need it, before they go under.

Isaiah 43: 1) Do not be afraid – I will save you. I have called you by name – YOU ARE MINE. (2) When you pass through deep waters, I will be with you, your troubles will not overwhelm you. When you pass through fire, you will not be burned; the hard trials that come will not hurt you. (3) For I am the Lord your God, the holy God of Israel, who saves you.”

I’m not ashamed to raise that banner still. I’m not afraid to say that the name of Jesus – the name that to the world fears, hates, mocks, curses, belittles and demeans- the same name that religion has used to insult, defeat, destroy and abuse … I’m not afraid to say that name because contrary to the world, for those who know him, He is a saviour, a healer, a redeemer, he is my God, My Rescuer, my Hope my Salvation, my Friend. To those who call upon his name… You Will Be Saved.

If you want to know more, contact me. If you want to read more, read about Jesus and his mission in the Bible maybe start with the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke or John. If you need a bible contact me, I’ll shop one to you asap.

For more about me and my journey please check out my book at http://www.raiseyourgloves.com or check out Amazon and search for Raise Your Gloves by Marshal Burnham
Marshal Burnham