Tuesday, July 28, 2009

I heart faces - @ the beach

Ok there are way too many incredibly awesome beach pics to even stand a chance this week.

But I wanted to join in anyway for fun. Then it occurred to me that I live in Nebraska, slap bang in the middle of the continent with no ocean anywhere in sight. So I sifted through my old pics from when I lived in Scotland and came across this one of Kaya. (You can still see her face, right? Profiles count, I think..)



This day was so memorable. We were on our way home from a refreshing family vacation, just the four of us. Actually the vacation was a time we took to spend away from the mundane, over the anniversary of Heather's death. Because that's always a hard day, and we were already broken and weak and going through marriage issues at the time. This "vacation" was incredibly healing for us to spend time together and regain some focus and clarity before heading home to continue weeding through the tough issues. We were driving along the coast and decided to stop off for a break and see the ocean.

Shortly after I snapped up this pic, the wind and waves really picked up and it was incredible. It was so powerful and vast that it frightened me, in a wonderful way. And it made me think of God. And it helped me understand this difficult-to-digest subject of the fear of God. We are supposed to fear God. And we are supposed to feel safe and comfort in him. Staring at these huge, powerful waves, fiercely crashing against the rocky shore, I was filled with wonder to remember that Jesus controlled such powerful elements with just an uttering from his mouth. God is huge, powerful, capable and whilst that induces a sense of fear and awe - I'm so happy to have all that in my corner! He's not a tame lion, but he's good. What in this world could I ever be scared of, that could be too big for him to help me through?


You've gotta go check out some of these breathtaking pics at I <3 faces.





17 comments:

Pam D said...

Niecey, that is such a beautiful picture, and the editing is amazing! But the story is even more breathtakingly bittersweet; I'm glad that the memories ended up bringing you BACK to God. Great capture.. in so MANY ways!

Jamie said...

God is good! Amazing shot (-;

Melinda said...

This is such a gorgeous photo! I love your processing! Beautiful entry!

Some call me Neesie. said...

What a beautiful, heartwarming photo and story. Thank you for sharing.

Me-Mo said...

Precious picture. Thank you for the story.

jan celiz-magtoto said...

aawww... but i love the drama your photo carries! it speaks so much solitude and tranquility!

Lee said...

Beautiful pic. Thanks for stopping by!

Shae said...

wow.

juzztyas said...

adorable, i love the color
thanks for stopping by

Herb of Grace said...

I love how honest you always are about your life and your history... The picture is melancholy sweet and so is the story...

Ann Warren said...

Aesome picture!! The story was just....breathtaking!! God is so awesome and to be able to realize that after what you was going through is just amazing!! Thank you for sharing this with us!!

Ann

Caroline said...

I think that picture is definitely a contender - it's awesome! And the story is equally touching. I love that line from TLTWATW - it rings so very true. So God is on your side too :D

k8 said...

This photo made me hold my breath for just a little while. I totally love it. Love the processing. And I love the words.

One of my very favourites this week..

Krystal said...

Niecey I love this photo! It is perfect! And I love the story behind it! Good luck!

oh...and how are the dreads coming along?

Billykidd said...

wow! gorgeous shot. your edit is so dramatic. i love it.

Jennifer said...

Wow - this is breathtaking! Thank you for sharing the picture and the story.

2Shaye ♪♫ said...

Just a gorgeous shot, Niecey! I've often battled with the idea of fearing God. From our modern perspective, particularly. Since my hubs specialized in Biblical Greek I'm always asking questions about what the original text read, what it meant, how that particular culture meant each aspect, and why someone chose this or that word in our modern language. He's told me, before, that some times it's nearly impossible to translate a full concept from one ancient language to another more modern language. I guess that's why we keep reinventing the wheel with so many approaches to translation.

I love this post, my friend. I've always admired how well your words mesh with your photos. I love that you are always honest and open. It's a quality too often lost in the blogging world.

Hugs,

~Shaye