Thursday September 2nd
Make a beautiful photograph of something commonly thought of as ugly.
This task made me think immediately of the Don Moen worship song ‘At the Foot of the Cross’. That of course is the ultimate place where ashes and broken lives are traded in for beauty and fullness of life.
At home we daily encounter things which are ugly, but which when seen through the right lens (i.e. that of our dogs) look beautiful. Here is one example …
Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart.
(1 Sam 16:7)
Eyeore is not ugly.
This eyeore, however, although only a member of our household for two weeks, is already looking the worse for wear – earless, and a bit skinnier than he was when eija gave him to us. To us he might not appear beautiful, but to our dogs … well to say he is loved, very much loved is an understatement. They think he is beautiful, their ‘precious’!
It seems almost sacrilege to compare God to a dog … but somehow the way that each of the dogs particularly Maggie (the baby in our family), and Misty (pictured here), lovingly carry their soft toys around with them, is, for me, a picture of how Father God has each of us in His loving hands, and indeed how Jesus carries our burdens – if we let Him.