This photograph was taken on a piece opposite a call centre that most people would not look twice at. Having recently bought a new camera I thought that I might try out the telephoto lens by taking close-ups of wild flowers. I spotted some dog roses among the unsightly scrub. Whilst taking these pictures a woman walked past, her head looking down and avoiding eye contact, listening, I think to her I-pod. She apparently did not see anything of beauty to fix her gaze upon. Afterwards I considered how sometimes are lives seem like a patch of wasteground, spolied, covered in weeds, we disregard ourselves and disregarded by others and become very negative. but when we are at our lowest God can zoom in focus on something beautiful. As if to say, ‘I know you are a sinner and the world you live in is a chaotic mess, but amongst all this there is this positive thing, concentrate on this.’ Just like Jeremiah who in the midst of his Lamentations could say “for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” Lam. 3:22b-23.
David G. Rose, Aviemore, 2011.