|John walks across a newly rebuilt pond dam, the bare dirt cracked and dry beneath his feet.|
|This pond was twice the size it is now just a couple of years ago. That's our dog, Annie, stopping by for a drink.|
I find myself wondering what Lydia would make of such stark surroundings. Lydia is the main character in The Children Are Tender, and one of her defining characteristics is a deep love for nature. A recurrent theme throughout the book is her habit of stopping along the road to enjoy God's creation. Would she be able to find refreshment from the nature scenes I'm photographing now? Even the trees seem weighted by a burden of suffering; much earlier in the season than normal they began to cast down their leaves like dry teardrops.
I believe Lydia would still find beauty. I don't want to provide a spoiler here, but the story's ending does show that Lydia is a woman of faith, able to hold to hope when circumstances offer little reason to trust.
It will rain again. When the rains come we will lift thanks and begin to take blessings such as green grass and growing crops for granted once more. Meantime, like Lydia, we can find beauty in unexpected places and trust God for the future.
|Through a haze of dust the stark outline of a sunflower reveals sculptural beauty.|