Monday, May 12, 2008

believe in miracles

Believe in Miracles
May 2008

My iTunes: What a Curse for a Woman is a Timid Man from Gian Carlo Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief

This is one of the pictures in one of the two inspirational sets that I donated to the silent auction. I feel like it looks like it came right out of Hallmark, but I promise it's not a stolen image! This is one of the many shots I took when I was at the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Absolutely and stunningly gorgeous. With the exception of adding words, this image is not even Photoshop-ed.

I picked this image for today because I think back on everything I've accomplished today and it feels like a miracle. In the past 24 hours, I chose a topic for my final paper, completed the research, wrote 11 of the 15 required pages, edited a friend's paper, had a meeting with a professor, outlined the next steps in setting up two massive research projects, readjusted my schedule for the fall slightly, and practiced piano.

I also like this picture because it reminds me that God knows of all the beauty in His creation and delights in showing it to me. What an amazing thought it is to know that He created such magnificence as this, but He delights in me far more. That gives me such a sense of peace and contentment when I think about my busy life, knowing that He loves me for who He has created me to be, and not for everything that I do.

Do you believe in miracles? If I stop long enough to look at the course of my life and everything I have gone through, my answer is a resounding YES.

(...and I have to squeeze a musical comment in here -- I am fast becoming a die-hard Menotti fan. English is his second language, but the lyrics to his operas are phenomenally poetic and tantalizing. The music is full of rich dissonance in what I might classify as a neo-Romantic sense. The Medium was the first of his operas to which I was introduced, and The Old Maid and the Thief is the second. Next on my list is The Consul, in which my voice teacher sang the role of the Secretary. Wish I could have seen it/heard her!)


Robert said...

By now you know how much I love reflections on the pictures posted. Today is no exception. First off, the picture is absolutely amazing. This is one of those images you hope and wait for and you've captured it. But then your reflection on God and His creation, and His even greater love for us painted a picture all it's own.

I pray you continue to endure with joy your season of busyness.

btw, I hope you didn't mind me copying your Venice picture for the post of my favorites. It was linked back to you so I hope that was ok.

Lacey Lichi said...

That was just what I needed for today. Thank you for the encouragement. And the photo? Deliciously divine! I don't know how people can look at pictures like that and NOT believe in God. And yes, I do believe in miracles. Actually I'm praying for one right now!
Way to go on your school work, you SHOULD be proud of yourself!

Lotus said...

Just Beautiful.

(hey by the way this is Emily Scheerer, I got here from your brother's photo blog and didn't realize you might not know who 'lotus' was. sorry!)

Anna said...

WOW I love this!!! It's quite an amazing shot :-) Miss you!

Carletta said...

Christy - I'm absolutely speechless at this photo - it is the kind you see that make you in awe of God's wonders. I'm so glad the scene was there for YOU and I'm glad you shared it with us.
It would make a truly wonderful inspirational poster!

Continued success with everything.