We were talking at lunch today, my hubby and I, exploring the subject of The Divine
and how you would show it in an image. Just thinking to yourself about The Divine, The
Source, That Power, (whatever name you insert here for it), brings lots of thoughts to the
As you can guess, this topic came up because my photography assignment for today
is called “Simply Divine”. The challenge is to capture an image in a photo that best
shows the Divine in your everyday life. Mark and I usually spend some time each day
discussing the project and looking at the choices.
Our conversation included images made by man, images connected to religious
organizations and doctrine, some very negative and some very beautiful. For each of us
sees The Divine in different ways…wonderful, unique, individual images shaped by our
own faith journeys.
I have to confess that I don’t often listen well when others are talking. While my husband
was speaking of his image of The Divine, sharing his wisdom and knowledge of what he
knows on the topic, I suddenly had the thought that I was witnessing the Divine right in
front of me.
Then I listened more deeply. My eyes actually filled with tears and I became uncharacteristically quiet. Sitting before me is this man who once told me he loved me for the person I am, not for what I had done in the past.
Already I had been thinking of photos I could set up and take of forms of light, of the minute details of a flower petal, of a blanket of snow covering the trees, all with potential to show my own concept of The Divine. And later in the day I actually did do this, but they just don’t compare with that experience of sitting at the table with my best friend.
In the movie “The Sound Of Music” there is a line in the song “How Do You Solve A
Problem Like Maria?” that seems to summarize my thought here.
How do you catch a cloud and pin it down?
How do you hold a moon beam in your hand?
No matter what the artists have depicted in times past, no matter what photos I post to
describe my sense of that which is Holy, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to pin it down.