Samuel Chamberlain photographed many images for his book The New England Image. He found many willing to have themselves or their property memoralized. He also had some who objected. While he obliged their wishes not to photograph from their property, he protected his right to do so from public highways. The result from the unwilling ran from a photo of a man shaking a fist to lady who flapped her arms at the camera. That lady ruined his picture. pp. 11-12
She offers a spiritual lesson. God wants to love us, to correct us, to criticize us, to warn us—all in an effort to save us from our sins and make us worthy of him and eternal life. Then, in grace we can never understand, but appreciate, he gives us the right to ruin his every desire FOR US. We can’t alter his predictive will, or torpedo his sovereignty over history. We CAN, and often DO, spoil his purpose for us. And in so doing ruin our chance to be servants, not obstacles, to others.
The lady proved only that the photographer didn’t get the picture he wanted. It didn’t prevent his success in shooting many others. When Jesus judges the world, and each person stands before him, and many are found guilty, not saved; lost, not found; cast out, not gathered in, they will have only themselves to blame. For every person who doesn’t want God in their lives now, many yield themselves to him, his will, his perspectives. They know his expertise fills them with spiritual grace for living while preparing them for the ecstasy of eternal life in his Son.
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