I love to take pictures. I do not love to be in pictures. So I approached this week’s photo challenge with more than a little trepidation. This is what I came up with. I have to admit though that I considered just posting the picture below.
My son, Anthony, was given the art assignment to draw a self portrait about using one of your senses. Anthony chose to draw his expression when he encounters a particularly noxious odor. The black marks under his nose that look like a mustache are actually the words "Sniff! Sniff!" I loved this picture so much that I framed it for his room.
I really don't like to be in pictures. A few years ago when I was diagnosed with cancer I realized that there were very few pictures of me for my children to have if things did not go as we hoped. I decided that I need to allow myself to be photographed. It isn't about me. It's about my family and those who love me. Patty snapped this picture when my husband and I were on our way to a wedding. She did a great job. I felt the blurry picture of myself above was a little bit of a cheat to the people who are sharing this photo project with me.
Our identity is based on God's love for us.
"But now, this is what the LORD says - he who created you... he who formed you... Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior... you are precious and honored in my sight, and ... I love you... Do not be afraid, for I am with you." Isaiah 43:1-6