I’ve been messing around with some photos of plants stuck in the snow. There’s nothing really unique about them, I guess, except that I must have looked like some freak out there in the middle of a half-blizzard, sinking down into the snow on my hands and knees, trying to get my camera at the lowest possible angle to get the look I wanted.
What motivated me to ‘stoop to that level’ anyhow? It was the way I had been feeling one day in early February. We had been living here in the north of Sweden for almost two months by that point. The dark, short, winter days were wearing me out. We were not completely clear about where our future would find us. And quite frankly, I was sick and tired of speaking Swedish 24-7.
I had been inside the house praying. As I went to the kitchen to get a glass of water, I looked out and saw how cold and blizzardy it had become. The thought occurred to me that I had been feeling like one of those small, dried up plants out there, stuck in the snow, feeling stuck in their situation. Then another thought occurred to me, that I was not alone, that God was with me, and that I would be okay, even if I didn’t feel it at that moment.
It just seemed like a God thing to trudge out in the storm on my skis and take some shots of those vulnerable little plants. So off I went. I found a good couple of plants for my shot, not too far from the house. They were all by themselves, completely alienated from other plants and trees. I stepped out of my skis, took off my gloves, and worked some angles with my camera. I set the best exposure I could with my limited light source, steadied my hands and arms and shot the images you see here.
By the time I was finished I thought my fingers might fall off. I thought to myself, “If only one person is encouraged by my photos, then the struggle I had been experiencing, the time spent speaking a second language and, of course, the frozen fingers from photo shoot will all have been worth it.”
So, if you are feeling alone or stuck in an uncomfortable situation, take heart, because you are not alone. God is with you!
6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”