Thursday, March 29, 2012

Project 52: Details & The Great Auto Heist

         Here are my pictures for Details.  I am also sharing a seasonal, but funny story about an auto "theft" that has everything to do with God knowing the details of our lives, but nothing to do with the pictures.
     God always gives me a story.  The events in my life could not be made up - they are far too humiliating.
     I had gone to visit a friend at our local hospital.  I parked my car in the parking garage on the upper level in the open air.  As I was leaving the hospital and walking up the ramp, I noticed a young man standing by a sporty looking red car with a big black bra on it, a few cars away from mine.  At first glance I thought it was my friends son.  So I walked over in that direction.  As I got closer, I realized it wasn't him, but someone else.  I continued walking.  I glanced at the fellow again.  I noticed that he had a wire clothes hanger that he had flattened out and was inserting between the window and the door in an attempt to unlock the car.  I passed him and thought I should see if he needed me to call for help to get his car unlocked, when "Pop," the door opened.  
     I got into my car.  I thought, "Wow, that was pretty quick.  I could never have gotten in the car like that.  You'd think he had practice."  As I drove by on my way out, I saw him take his wire cutters off of the roof of the car and get in.
     I was halfway home when I began to wonder.  Was he stealing the car, or had he just locked himself out?  I felt really dumb.  I did not know what to do.  I decided to go home and ask my husband.  Forty-five minutes later, I ended up calling the Sheriff's Department.  I told them my story explaining that I am indeed a bit of a ditz who knows nothing about cars.  The officer laughed and took down all the information I could give him including a description of the young man and the car.  Red, sporty, big black bra.  No model, make, or clue.  I added, "I sure hope he wasn't stealing that car."  The kind officer agreed with me and assured me that he would call me if he had a report.
     I spent the next two days in fear that the Police for Stupid People would come arrest me, either for seeing a car theft in progress and being too dumb to know it or for seeing a guy who was locked out of his car and being dumb enough to report it.  The result is that I was never called, so I guess the car wasn't stolen.
     About two thousand years ago, the owner of a common method of transportation attempted to reclaim what was His and there were some questions then, too.
Luke 19:28-34
"Jesus...sent two disciples, saying to them, "Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden.  Untie it and bring it here.  If anyone asks you, "Why are you untying it?" tell him, "The Lord needs it."
    Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as He had told them.  As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, "why are you untying the colt?"They replied, "The Lord needs it." "
      Apparently, Jesus had given them the right answer, because the disciples did bring the donkey colt to Jesus.  He rode it into Jerusalem fulfilling the prophecy in Zechariah 9:9.
     Here is what we can learn from this bit of scripture.  The disciples followed Jesus' instruction to "Go."  This is the same command that He gives us today.  He sent them to a nearby village.  He sends us to our homes and communities.  He said, "You will find a colt..."  Jesus knows the details of our life journey.  He knows what waits for us around every turn in the road.  The colt was tied, as we have been tied, perhaps not by a rope but by circumstance or sin.  The colt was one on which no one had ever sat.  This colt had an unbroken will.  Jesus said to "Loose him."  We receive freedom from whatever it is that binds us.  The disciples brought the colt to Jesus.  We are to bring ourselves and our loved ones to Jesus.  "If anyone asks..."  There will always be someone who will ask or question.  There will always be public opinion.  The reason He gave, "The Lord needs it."  Here is our purpose.  The Lord needs us.  He needs us to share our gifts and talents, to share our homes and lives, our prayers and thanksgiving.  The stubborn will of a donkey submitted to allow Jesus to sit on it and direct it by His will.
     I'm sure that someone reported the suspected theft of a donkey that day to a local police officer, I'm just grateful that it wasn't me.
     For more great pictures of details visit Darcy at my3boybarians.

Edited:  I took these photos with my kit lens.  I had read that if you take the kit lens off, turn it around and focus, that you can get almost the effect of a macro lens.  These are the first pictures I tried it with.  It does take some coordination.  You have to hang onto the camera with one hand and the lens with the other.  You also have to move in quite close.  Also remain steady.  Have a wonderful week.  I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with.
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