I took this photo below at my brother's cottage. The light on the lake at this time is my favorite, and I had a vision (for months) of how I wanted this photo shoot to go. But, as often times happens, our vision is not the one God has in mind.
From the moment we began to prepare, the vision of what I had in mind slowly started deteriorating. The row boat was an old boat of my brother's and we didn't realize until turning it over, that it had a hole in it. But we attempted to use it anyway. Water started seeping in as soon as I pushed it out into the lake.
My daughter was a trooper, and posed for this photo even though water was slowly filling in around her feet. After only being able to snap a few quick photos, it became evident that the row boat was going to start sinking if much more water seeped in. So she headed back to shore; those rugged paddles rowing her safely in before the boat was too full and sank.
She got out-her white dress dirty and wet. And as we dragged the boat onto shore, I thought to myself that it had all been for nothing, as I had barely had a chance to take any photos. Certainly there were none that could be used for what I had planned.
But later, when I looked my camera, I saw a few that I loved - like this one. A few that were worth the effort and that I will treasure. A few that could be used. And used in other ways than I had originally intended.
Our lives and circumstances are the same as this photo shoot, aren't they? We have one vision, things don't go as planned, but God uses it in unexpected, beautiful ways?
Sometimes, we need to get in the boat. Even if it's leaking water and we think it will go no where. Sometimes we have to trust the rugged oars will get us back to shore. And sometimes, we won't see the photos that are created when we bravely step out amid the sinking boats, the holes, and the rising waters. But that doesn't mean they don't exist. That you didn't make a few "photos" worth saving in your effort.
Sometimes those "photos" that God creates when we are brave and step out into uncertainty? The ones you can't see? I imagine they are some of the best. I imagine they are beautiful. And I imagine someone is looking at them-in thankfulness-that you were brave and trusted an old boat and some rugged oars.
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