About Chuck Spindler

I'm married with three adult daughters, two son-in-laws and three granddaughters. I pastor a Southern Baptist church in a small town in Southwest Iowa.

Weekly Photo Challenge: ROY G. BIV (II)

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I didn’t plan to submit another post this week, but it is not often that you have the opportunity to view the rainbow of the night. When it was reported yesterday that there was a high probability that the Aurora Borealis would be visible early this morning, I was determined to stay up, travel a few miles north to get away from light pollution, and try capturing this rare summer sight in southern Iowa.

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This is only the fourth time I’ve seen the Northern Lights. The previous times have been during the winter and the hues were visible to the naked eye. This morning I could see what looked like clouds rising vertically on the northern horizon. It was only after a 30 second exposure that the colors became visible.

While I was waiting on each shot to complete, I was also watching the southern sky as a thunderstorm was lighting up the sky about 100 miles away in Missouri. First time I’ve seen Northern Light and Southern Light on the same night.

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “ROY G. BIV.”

Weekly Photo Challenge: ROY G. BIV

Our kitchen window faces east, and so the morning sun passes through both a cut glass piece my sister made, as well as an ornament with prisms. A sunny morning always results in rainbows on the walls and cabinets. wpid-img_20150620_094155.jpgThis morning, I used my Moto X phone to capture the light emanating from the prism. Didn’t capture the entire spectrum of Mr. ROY G. BIV, but five of the seven were captured.

Anytime I see a prism through which light waves pass, breaking apart the beautiful colors,  I’m reminded of a conference I attended with a former seminary professor, the late T.W. Hunt. He told of a dream he had in 1973. In the dream, Jesus took him to “deep space” (recounted in the book, The Hope of Glory: Seeing the World from Heaven’s View.) Dr. Hunt, who usually dreamed in black and white, was immediately aware of the vivid nature of his dream, witnessing beauty beyond anything he had previously experienced in sight and sound (he was a professor of music); his senses engulfed in pure pleasure. However, the most captivating feature of all were the eyes of Jesus; eyes that emitted the most powerful and yet most tender love he could ever imagine.

Somehow Jesus’ eyes fulfilled every need I had ever experienced in my life. All my previous needs would never be as essential as I thought they were. I realized I had never wanted anything but Him, and I have never wanted anything else since. At that moment, He seemed to be fulfilling every ambition, every desire, every need I have ever had – just Him in His incomparable, transcendent love.[1]

Unfortunately, in his awakened state, the vividness of the colors he beheld dissipated within 30 minutes. He longed to see those colors again, God’s temporary gift of “unusual senses.” However, what never faded were the penetrating eyes of Jesus, a love that “overwhelmed me, captured me, and changed my life forever.” The same love that motivated Jesus to go to His death on the cross, therefore, would motivate Hunt to do whatever He asked.

After this I looked, and there in heaven was an open door. The first voice that I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” Immediately I was in the Spirit, and a throne was set there in heaven. One was seated on the throne, and the One seated looked like jasper and carnelian stone. A rainbow that looked like an emerald surrounded the throne. Revelation 4:1-3 (HCSB*)

Knowing that Dr. Hunt is now experiencing that beauty beyond comprehension, I look forward to being with him and my other loved ones who have trusted in Christ. But, more importantly, I can’t wait to look into those eyes of my Savior and Lord. I hope to join you there.

Check out these other examples of ROY G. BIV.

1 T.W. Hunt and Melana Hunt Munroe, The Hope of Glory: Seeing the World from Heaven’s View, NavPress, 2013. (Kindle Version, Chapter 4, Location 1157). *Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009 by Holman Bible Publishers, Nashville Tennessee. All rights reserved.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Off-Season 2

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This little Boyds Bears & Friends Folkstone ‘Windy with Book’ figurine sits atop the piano, somehow over looked when all the other snowmen were being packed away after winter. With temps above freezing, the little snowwoman must practice the power of positive thinking as it reads “The Book of Frosty” and the message “Thou shalt not melt.”

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Off-Season.”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Off-Season

October is technically off-season for tourism on the Florida panhandle, but it is the best time to be there to avoid the crowds and still have warm enough weather to get in the water.
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And…solitary walks on the beach can be truly solitary!IMGP0403 (2)In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Off-Season.”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Vivid

It’s my birthday! It was a low-key celebration and probably would have been sans candle had not the bakery owner overheard a conversation with a friend who wished me a happy birthday. The yellow candle she added, the celebratory flame and the colorful sprinkles made these drab but delicious chocolate cupcakes a bit more “vivid.”

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This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Vivid.

Weekly Photo Challenge: On the Way

I will never again make a trip to the Grand Canyon from Iowa in only two days. There are just too many things to see on the way. However, because we were on a time crunch with last-minute reservations in Grand Canyon Village for Saturday night and a long-standing commitment with friends to go to a concert, we left our home on Thursday afternoon and went a little out of our way, west and north to Sioux City, Iowa. However, it was well worth the detour as we were able to see Crosby, Stills and Nash in concert!

Crosby, Seals, and Nash in concert at the Orpheum, Sioux City, Iowa

Crosby, Seals, and Nash at the Orpheum Theatre, Sioux City, Iowa

We spent the next day driving through rain in Nebraska and Colorado, arriving in Colorado Springs in time to see prom goers arriving at our hotel. However, our unexpectedly upgraded room, far from the revelers, gave us a refreshing night’s sleep after a 12-hour drive. We awakened to watch the sun rise on Pikes Peak.

Pikes Peak from Colorado Springs, Colorado

Pikes Peak from Colorado Springs, Colorado

From there we began our trek across Colorado on Highway 160, passing the Four Corners into Arizona and seeing mountains and natural monuments as we pressed on to arrive at the Grand Canyon that evening.

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Blanca Peak and Mt Lindsey, Hwy 160 near Ft Garland, CO

Coming down from Wolf Creek Pass, we rounded a bend and drove past Treasure Falls. Fortunately, I was able to make a quick u-turn and spend a few minutes enjoying the beauty and the wildlife.

Treasure Falls, San Juan National Forest

You can tell these chipmunks are often fed by humans since this one came right up by my leg as I focused my camera on the hoary comma butterfly.

We missed the turn to the Four Corners (the point at which Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona meet), but I wouldn’t have seen Chimney Rock if I had followed directions. By the way, I left my GPS at home and was relying on my smart phone that was having battery issues. So, it was not the only detour we took.

Chimney Rock near Cortez, Colorado

Chimney Rock near Cortez, Colorado

Once we made it into Arizona, I took lots of windshield photos, wishing we had time to stop

Red Point Mesa, Dennehotso, AZ

Red Point Mesa, Dennehotso, AZ


Baby Rocks Mesa, located 15 miles from Kayenta.

Baby Rocks Mesa, located 15 miles from Kayenta, Arizona.


Church Rock

Church Rock

Finally, we were on the home stretch, only about 30 miles to the East Entrance of the Grand Canyon. Seeing the Little Colorado Gorge gave us a little twinge of excitement for what was about to appear.

The Little Colorado Gorge east of the Grand Canyon

The Little Colorado Gorge east of the Grand Canyon

Well, those were the sights “on the way.” For a few of our Grand Canyon pictures you can check them out at the Weekly Photo Challenge: Forces of Nature.

This post is in response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “On the Way.”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Enveloped

Yesterday was National Peace Officers Memorial Day in the U.S.A., and flags were flown at half-staff. I returned the flags to their full height on the church’s flagpole this morning and took a moment to enjoy watching them unfurl in the breeze. The invisible force of the wind, gently enveloping the light, nylon fabric of the U.S. and Iowa flags and pushing the clouds overhead, gave me a joy in the beauty of God’s creation. wpid-img_20150516_075640199_hdr.jpg

It also reminded me of the mysterious nature of the wind of which Jesus spoke in John 3. As Jewish leader, Nicodemus, inquired of Jesus about spiritual things, He told the inquirer that he must be born again. A bit confused, Nicodemus asked for clarification. Jesus illustrated his point with the wind.

Jesus answered, “I assure you: Unless someone is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. Whatever is born of the flesh is flesh, and whatever is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I told you that you must be born again. The wind blows where it pleases, and you hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”    John 3:5-8 HCSB*

While we do not see the wind, we hear and see its effects. Likewise, the wind cannot be controlled as it goes where it wills and does as it wishes. The Spirit’s regenerating work is like this. While unseen and beyond man’s control, the Spirit brings about new birth, resulting in lives that are transformed, enabling Christians to live differently than they did before. Thank God for the unseen role of the Spirit, enveloping lives and allowing them to unfurl in newness.

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17 HCSB

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This post is in response to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Enveloped

Weekly Photo Challenge: Forces of Nature

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I just returned to Iowa from a 3,100 mile (4989 km) trip to the Grand Canyon (with a visit to the grandkids in Texas, too). This was the second time I’ve been able to stand on the rim, but the first for my wife. It’s immensity, 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and more than a mile (6,000 feet / 1,800 meters) deep, is without a doubt the result of erosion. The Colorado River (seen in this picture) is now that force of nature.

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Desert View Point (Colorado River in center)

With ever-changing shadows cast on the Canyon walls, our last sunset on Monday evening was the best.

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Sunset at Grand Canyon Village

This photo taken from Bright Angel Trail shows the forces of nature as trees and other greenery spring forth from rock, finding the smallest of a foothold to germinate and grow.

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View from Bright Angel Trail

While the theories of the Grand Canyon formation range from occurring over millions of years to happening as a result of the more recent cataclysmic world-wide flood recorded in the Bible, no one can attest with certainty but God. Therefore, for this humble rural pastor, my observation of the Grand Canyon elicits praise for His handiwork as this plaque attests from Psalm 104:24.

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Scripture plaque at the Lookout Studio entrance.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Forces of Nature.”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Motion (2)

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The beach in a place of perpetual motion. From the waves to the wildlife, there is always something moving. These pictures were taken last October on the Florida panhandle.IMG_0046

As much as I like my granddaughter’s wave jumping abilities, her shadow is pretty good, as well. Her expectant mom, with twins who were born in December, is in the background.IMG_0073  Granddaughter #2 gets to ride the waves with dad.IMG_0090

Cousins prepare for a wave that’s about to swamp them.

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My wife’s walk down the beach leaves the evidence of her motion.

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Motion.”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Motion

I spent only thirty minutes watching an eagles’ nest adjacent to Gray’s Lake in Des Moines last Monday, but in that short time captured some of the domestic motions of these beautiful bald eagles. It was exciting to capture one parent’s return with some food for the couple’s two eaglets. Flying in, he’s bringing home the bacon, I mean the fish.

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One has to stay hydrated when working!

IMGP3530There’s always the need to remodel the nest…gathering up more nesting material.

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For more examples of “motion,” click HERE.