Another point of view… seeing the prayer on the top of the breakwater.
Lord, that wooden post has been there years. Every day the sea floods it, covers it, bashes it and abandons it. What kind of life is that?
Barnacles, seaweed, a limpet or two. Nobody pays attention unless they happen to scrape their leg on it! What kind of life is that?
Seagulls stand on it, crabs walk round it. Dogs pee over it after chasing the seagulls away. Waves crash into it. What kind of life is that?
Resistance is futile, says the sea- we will assimilate you.
Not while I’m standing, says the post. I’ll break your waves!
Looking down from above, the photographer sees form, shape, and colour. The stubbornness of not giving in. A post with a purpose, a duty to fulfill. A home for tiny creatures with tiny urges of their own, just as stubborn as the post and clinging to life with all its trials.
I wonder if I looked at other people from a different point of view… what would I see? The stolid patience of daily living, the refusal to be battered into submission, still clinging to life and hope- knowing storms come and storms go.
Would I care, or notice, or walk away? What kind of life is that?
Lord, if you looked down on my life, what would you see?
“What kind of life is that?” says the angel, looking askance.
“A life with a purpose, and someone I love” says the Word who spoke Life to the world.
I guess we do matter, after all.