My desktop computer is broken this morning. One of the hard drives might be failing and I'm trying to save it, backup important files (including photos!), etc. I still wanted to post today and keep up my routine, but my options were limited because I don't have access to all my pictures.
This situation reminded me of this image I captured Spring 2015. The photo club had a "photowalk" (a social event where photographers gather to take pictures together) at the Logan Utah Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Beautiful spring flowers on the grounds and the medieval castle styled temple always provides lots of possibilities for images.
The camera I was using here had a flip out screen. So I could hold the camera near the ground without having to lay down on the ground with it. I really liked the angle I got and took a couple shots. It wasn't until I got home and saw the photo full size that I noticed the tulip with the broken petal in the middle of the image. At first I thought "Ugh! Ruined shot." I tried editing out the petal with no much success. Then I saw the beauty of it.
Nothing in this world is perfect. Even the flowers on the grounds of a temple. Indeed, even the people that attend this temple come as humble and "broken" souls looking for help, strength, and redemption. The flower in this image is strong, tall, and healthy. It has a glaring imperfection that makes it different than its peers in the garden. But is it not still beautiful? No matter who we are, where we come from, or our abilities, I believe we are remarkable creations worthy of admiration and respect.
I believe God feels the same about us.
"And yet our broken faith,
our broken promises
Sent love to the cross
And still, that broken flesh, that broken heart of His
Offers us such grace and mercy
Covers us with love undeserving
This broken soul that cries for mending
This broken heart for offering
I'm convinced that God loves broken me
Praise His name, my God loves broken things"
-- Kenneth Cope, Lyrics from "Broken"
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