I edit my pictures with an app on my phone. I’m thrilled when I can edit a picture and reveal the beauty in a particular horse or herd of horses. Sometimes I want to share my relationship with a horse. I want to capture the joy and the emotions that swell up inside of me when I am at peace with a horse. Sometimes I want to show the excitement that courses through their veins when spooked or the weather changes suddenly.
Editing tools work magic. All of a sudden other people can see what I feel.
Below is an original picture with no editing.
This is a horse that I am deeply attached to. He sees me from the far end of the pasture and begins the long walk to where I am before any of the other horses even notice me. We have been through a lot together. I have shown him in a few horse shows. He is a wonderful therapy horse. He is gentle with children but requires everyone to earn his trust before he will comply with directives. He has taught several children to ride. He is patient with those who are scared but will teach know-it-alls that they really don’t. He has helped me get through chemo and radiation. Yesterday I rode him for the first time in a very long time.
This is a picture I took last week. Nothing special about it except that I love him.
I can also decide what I want to be the focal point of the picture. His perfect ears and those warm brown eyes become the focus of this picture. You can see that he is leaning towards me and is taking a step to get closer to me.
Then I can lighten the outer edges or darken it some. The clouds benefit from this by becoming a bit more dramatic.
Here is the finished picture.
In a sense, Jesus uses an editing tool on me before presenting me to God. I need more light. My heart is darkened by sin. I need to be tuned up. I need the love of Jesus to enrich my color and make me clean. I need him to crop out my ugly background of disobedience and fear. I need him to add warmth.
The analogy doesn’t hold up to much scrutiny but I think there are some parallels.
I’m so thankful that I do not stand alone before the Almighty in my darkened state. I have One who stands with me and cleans me up by his grace and mercy because of his undying love for me.
Have a great day!