My friend Lee, over at Lee’s Birdwatching Adventures Plus invited me to take part in a Five day Black and White Photo Challenge. I’ve always loved black and white photos. Perhaps it is because black and white photos challenge me to view things differently.
Instead of merely glancing the surface when presented with a color photo, black and white pictures often prompt us to look a bit longer into the various textures and layers we may not otherwise notice.
The ridges in the petals and the drops of dew in the featured photo might likely go unnoticed against the vibrant yellow and contrasting green of the original image.
We can lose sight of details that matter when we allow ourselves to become distracted by color as well.
Many sports fanatics are blinded by team colors. Some die-hard alumni bleed their school colors. I’m not going to even delve into skin color.
Opportunities for fellowship, friendship and growth are often lost when we fail to look beyond superficial appearances.
Our blessings often lie in the background of our lives waiting to be noticed and appreciated. We can fail to recognize and appreciate the blessings right in front of us when we go off chasing the more colorful things in life!
When we learn to look beyond the obvious, such as color, we may very well find what we’ve been searching for.
“that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power” Ephesians 1:17-19New King James Version NKJV