Approaching the small park where my favorite vista of cold water flows smoothly through a bunch of round rocks, I ask God to show me His love today and also to lead me to a picture He wants me to see.
Fully armed with my plastic camera wrapped around my neck, strong faith, and covered in prayer, I am ready to find my spiritually directed photo along this stony nature-trail. New life pops out of a tall nearly dead tree. The new growth catches my eye. I see a heart in the bark. The interior of a heart bleeds through the damaged bark displaying the chambers and the wounded core of the heart. I know God lives inside my heart so I take a quick photo and continue my journey.
The chopped up heart needs healing. The new life in this branch will heal the cut-open heart from the inside out, creating a healthy branch as spring-time unfolds and abundant life awakens.
Peaceful in prayer, step by step, I enjoy every breath in this beautiful landscape crested along a busy double-lined road in the Garden State awaiting quiet discovery.
Taking a few other shots along the river’s edge, an uninitialed heart stands tall carved into a tree. Usually man-made carvings tend to have lovers’ initials whittled into the tree; I did ask God to show me His love, so I am happy the unsigned artwork is pointed out to me. The clean happy-looking unadultered heart is healed stitched up, ready for love to be written upon it.
Jumping onto the rock where the whittler stood doing his artwork, my focused camera catches a joyful message for me. God is Love and I trust He is showing me His love as I needed Him to do. My heart rejoices as God answers my prayer on my novice photography outing.
Upon loading my pictures onto my computer, on a large screen the new branch offers more than just a depiction of an open heart exposing chambers ready for spiritual surgery. On the upper stem, there appears to be a robed man walking with open arms symbolic of Jesus Christ. Jesus is walking with me overseeing the deception being cut out of my heart.
I did not see the resemblance of Jesus when I took the photo, after all, I did ask God to lead me to the photo He wants me to see and now I see it clearly. Jesus is the great Physician.
Wanting to make sure it was not just my vivid imagination; I send the photo to some friends electronically, asking them what they see… if anything. Two friends see a bird, a brother sees a face, and a few other friends see nothing. Without prompting them of what I see, four other friends clearly see what I did not catch the first time when I shot the photo. They see a Godly image made by nature.
An out of state encouraging friend, shares the photo with her friends and right away ten people see an image of Christ. They actually see the robed man before seeing an open heart. This picture was taking at the same riverside park where God recently delivered a message of “healing and freedom” to me inspiring my story the River and the Moon. The River and the Moon
I know God loves me. The Bible tells me He loves me. God loves us. He designed us for love. Time after Time God shows His love, we just need to receive it and be open to His love.
At first we may not see it (as in my picture) but when we open our eyes and listen; walking in faith we will find Him and His love, Time after Time. Time after Time