About the Photos
One afternoon in August 2013, I was loading a poster-size piece of glass into my car, and the glass slipped out of my hands and shattered into dozens of pieces on my driveway. It’s never fun to break something you don’t intend to break, so naturally, I was upset with myself for being so careless and having a mess on my hands to clean up. However, as I started to pick up the pieces, I noticed this heart, and I couldn’t help but smile. It reminds me that God can turn our brokenness into something beautiful.
This photo was a total surprise! I attempted to shoot the heart-shaped piece of glass shown in the photo above, but another heart shape appeared in the photo—a heart-shaped reflection off another piece of glass. As I looked closer at this out-of-focus photo, I was amazed to see the dark silhouette of the tree limbs so clearly reflected in this tiny piece of glass no bigger than the size of a nickel. It reminds me that our knowledge is finite as it relates to the bigger picture. We can only see what’s in front of us, and the future will never be quite clear. While our challenges and struggles may not make any sense at the present time, God sees the full mural of our lives in clear focus, and each season is purposeful in fulfilling the destiny to which He has called us.
This is a telephone pole with graffiti paint and spots of rust in my neighborhood. I actually passed it hundreds of times on walks/jogs before I noticed the heart shape in 2013. The subtlety of it reminds me of God's soft and gentle whispers. It's within the quietness and stillness of our hearts that His voice can be heard.
Eight of the photos in Never Lose Heart were taken on a vacation in Gloucester, MA in July 2013, and this is one of my favorites. I loved walking along the rocky coastline of Cape Ann each day and taking in the peace and serenity of this best-kept-secret place—the perfect setting to “be” with God and sense His presence. I kept thinking it would be so cool to see a GIANT heart rock along the water and expressed this to God. Needless to say, I was blown away by what I found. It reminds me that God delights in giving us the desires of our heart.
This heart rock is one of the first hearts I found in July 2012. And this is exactly how I found it—all by itself in the middle of the sidewalk. It was not to be missed and speaks to God’s relentless love.
This is my hand sporting a heart-shaped burn in March 2011. I hosted a “thank you” dinner at my house for some volunteers who had just organized a fundraiser event for the American HEART Association and accidentally spilled boiling water on my hand. I’m not sure what else to say except this one has been the most bizarre and definitely made me chuckle. God certainly has a sense of humor.