Finally seeing what was there all along

pirate ship crossWhat do you see in this picture?

It is actually a photo of some pirate ship shaped play equipment but when I looked at the picture later on my computer I saw something completely different.

All I can see when I look at the photo now is the cross and the light behind it. It speaks to me of hope and light dawning because of all that Jesus accomplished on the cross. I was going to crop the picture and use it as a background image in church when I noticed the birds sat on the cross. I was really disappointed but then I remembered what Jesus said about the Kingdom of God.

“It is like a tiny mustard seed that a man planted in a garden; it grows and becomes a tree, and the birds make nests in its branches.” (Luke 13.19)

Jesus was saying that there is space for us all in his Kingdom. The place where God is recognized as King is growing and there is room for everyone who wants to be there. We can enter the Kingdom of God (be with God) because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. All of a sudden having birds perched on the symbol of a cross with light dawning behind seemed very appropriate.

God really encouraged me through this picture. At the time I took it, I was just enjoying being at the park with my family and it was only later that I saw what was right in front of me the whole time.

I wonder what God is trying to show us? Will we pause and listen? Will we stop and look?

May God encourage, challenge and lead us as we choose to be open to him.

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About honestaboutmyfaith

Hi, my name is Graeme and I’m married to a very patient wife. We have 4 children, 2 rabbits, a terrapin (and not a lot of peace and quiet!). I’m a Baptist Minister who is especially interested in making Church accessible to people who have no church background and also in how we disciple people in order to equip them to live out their faith in the 21st Century. I am also a member of the Eastern Baptist Association's Council with responsibility for Mission Strategy.
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2 Responses to Finally seeing what was there all along

  1. Judith champion says:

    What a wonderful photo! ……and just look at all the people being drawn to the cross too.

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  2. atimetoshare says:

    Maybe I’m seeing things, but I also see a manger on the left with a little body in it and two others on either side. On the right I can almost see three kings bringing gifts.

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