The Whole Picture

I wonder if you might notice anything a little strange about this image?  

I was in my newly-discovered neighborhood woods on my birthday in January, when I happened on this scene.  I was struck by the vibrancy of the seemingly dead surroundings, the deep blue of the pond, the way it mirrored the woods surrounding it with such brilliance.  I found myself caught up in the detail of the reflected pond, almost forgetting the reality of the trees encircling me and confused as to why the sky seemed even bluer there.  

I had to remind myself I was seeing only a mirror image.  As real as it seemed, it was not the truth of the reality before me.  

Love is a mystery.  In this age of despair and conflict, all that love manifests: empathy, forgiveness, hope -- seem at times to be outdated virtues of a simpler era.  How can they possibly create the change we so desperately need?

But these three remain: faith, hope and love; and therein lies true power, even if it might seem impossible to us.  We just aren’t seeing the whole picture yet. 

Figured it out yet?  The image is upside-down. 
  

1 Corinthians 13: 12-13

12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly,[b] but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13 And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

Shared by Karla Hendrick

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2 thoughts on “The Whole Picture

  1. Karla, this picture is such fun. I copied it to my desktop so I could rotate it. What a sense of rich peace I felt. Best,
    Barbara Costigan

  2. Yes. Karla we should always try to see the whole picture. In order to do this, we must compromise on a few things to get this bigger, meaningful picture.
    Thank you for this beautiful message.

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