As an introvert, I often process situations internally first before speaking. One thing I've noticed about myself, is that I can go for long periods of time in silence when I'm alone. I reflect on what I see around me and photographs have often been a powerful way for me to express thoughts, feelings, or emotions. When looking at a particular image, I can begin to notice what it might mean or how parts of it might impact me. A few years ago, I participated in a photo a day reflective practice during the season of Lent. Each day, I was given a word to reflect on and then take a picture or choose an image that represented that word for me.
Today, I am going to invite you into this practice for reflection in reverse. Take a look at the image below. What do you see? What emotions are expressed? What word or phrase comes to mind when you look at it closely? How does this word or phrase open your heart to something God may be teaching you?
When I first saw this picture, this passage of scripture came to mind, it's one that I have held onto since middle school.
Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs and don't forget to thank him for his answers. -Philippians 4:6
Without any words, the expressions on their faces, says a lot to me about how God uses each of us to care for others and we can share so much joy when we're together.
This photo was taken shortly after my nephew was baptized on Saturday night at his family's church in Florida. I can see Will saying to Connor, "Welcome to God's family, buddy. We're so glad you're here."
Prayer for Today
Gracious God, Thank you for the way you speak to us through no words at all. Open our hearts to receive your care through the actions of those we encounter. In Christ's Name, Amen.