This is the second of four Journal of Joys that tell the story of the Worship Flag Project 2016.
Luke 6:38, NASB, “Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure – pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”
09.24.2016 – Saturday - The day before a friend called wanting to know if I had time for her to photograph the Worship Flags. Of course, I said, “Yes!” while waiting for the details to become known. I arose this morning at 4:00 AM to pray. Then my friend called at 7:00 AM and found a place for us to meet in Bonneville, Washington. The Bonneville Hot Springs Resort (now a rehab facility) near the Columbia River, near the Bridge of the Gods and Cascade Locks, which is a place I have prayed and poured oil before. It is not a surprise to me that the Holy Spirit is directing my path once again to the Columbia River. I prepared salt, wine, and oil for the Columbia River again this year.
I met Karrie about 3:00 PM, we checked-in, took a tour of the facility, changed rooms, and went to an early dinner of lamb, fresh vegetables, and all the embellishments one could dream about.
As we were walking to the vehicles to unload, she urgently said, “Get the flags, the light is perfect!” I did not begin to understand the concept of “perfect light” to a trained photographer. We were blessed with about 15 minutes of “perfect light – daylight” to shoot photos. The Holy Spirit clearly had gone before us, prepared the place, prepared the background of natural green forest and a natural pond of water in addition to preparing the perfect light. Even the grass had been recently mowed which helped with the movement of the flags. Not exactly like a dance floor but very close.
Karrie then uploaded the photos and went to spend time in the outside soaking tub with mineral water, while I answered emails and unpacked.
09.25.2016 – Sunday - Sunday was a very casual day of rest and relaxation at the Spa. After sharing breakfast in the great room by the fire place, we worked on editing photos from the night before. Any professional photographer knows the hours this takes.
Then we moved outside into the glorious early fall sunlight and ate lunch. The Spa is just beautiful with waterfalls, foliage, light, peace, green plants, flowering plants, sculptures, and majestic trees.
We decided to stay a second night to be able to complete the photo shoot. And sometimes that means waiting for the “perfect light.”
Staying a second night meant moving rooms as the person at the front desk lacked all forms of diplomacy and could not realize that it was easier to change the room for the person who had not yet checked in than for us to change rooms. Gratefully, Karrie handled all of this…confrontation and diplomacy are her gifts.
The afternoon held massages with essential oils, then the lighting became perfect once again, and Karrie shot 1400 photos for 3-plus hours. There was no wind, no rain, no mosquitoes. Only GOD!
While the photos were uploading, we shared dinner/communion again. Another lovely evening with exquisite cuisine. We edited photos after dinner until early morning.
09.26.2016 – Monday – I arose early and went downstairs to the Coffee Bar to wait for it to open…nothing quite like a coconut milk hot chocolate to begin one’s day. Karrie drinks much stronger stuff…straight coffee. Then I returned upstairs to the room and Karrie was up working on editing photos. It truly takes hours upon hours. We shared breakfast in the downstairs great room by the fire place once again and finished editing about 10:00 AM.
We went into Portland for shopping at antique stores for a few hours and then shared dinner at restaurant with an outdoor patio in downtown Portland. Then we drove to Multnomah Falls, one of my “GOD” places. A place that I absolutely love to visit. The sound of the waterfall is just like the waterfalls in heaven. Beyond powerful. Beyond Extravagant. Karrie walked up to the first Bridge, my feet simply could not navigate the trail, so I waited at the first level. My hope is to someday have feet that will climb that trail again. 09.27.2016 – Tuesday – Arising early, I repacked the flags and then we reviewed the photos one last time. Although the Worship Flag Project was not completed we had made great headway. Obviously, without Karrie’s professional photography skills and training none of this would have been possible. And her willingness to provide a place and a time for the photos to be taken. All GLORY to YESHUA!
We then headed to the Columbia River to pour out the oil, salt, and wine that I had prepared. Gratefully, Karrie could climb down the steep hill to the river’s edge. We poured oil and prayed blessings near the Native America Fishing places. Then back to the Spa to pack and load the vehicles. Departing about 9:30 AM, I arrived home at 1:30 PM with many things on my to-do list as I was leaving in just a few hours to fly to Tennessee.