Ministry · Seasons

Focusing on the small things

I do hope that you are continuing to stay safe and are keeping well whilst we remain in lockdown.

Hopefully you will still be finding things to keep you occupied given that by now you have already cleaned your house from top to bottom, cleared your cupboards and have your gardens looking like show gardens. Perhaps some of you have got on board with the fish project and by now have knitted, crocheted, carved, painted and quilted fish ready for the exhibition which we hope to hold at some point in the future (even if we can’t put a date on it yet).

One of the things I like to do in my spare time is to take photographs and given that, in my opinion, we live in one of the prettiest counties in the UK I spend a lot of my free time in the Forest, the Cotswolds, in and around Tewkesbury, or on the riverbanks of the Severn or the Wye indulging in this hobby. I don’t claim to be a professional photographer, I don’t even have a camera! I simply use my iPhone and snap away at whatever looks good to me. Of course lockdown has put a stop to all of that but then I remembered that back in the winter I bought a macro lens for my iPhone camera which I’d forgotten about.

Such a lens would mean that I could switch my focus to taking pictures of tiny things and that would mean I needn’t go beyond my back garden to get some great shots. So I dug out said lens and turned my attention to photographing insects and tiny buds, new green shoots, tiny hairs on catkins and the fuzzy fur of bumblebees; all of which are being coaxed out by the warm spring sunshine that we’re all enjoying at the moment.

I became totally absorbed by the wonders contained in this tiny world! I was in awe of God’s creative genius as much at work in the tiny back legs of a bumblebee carrying pouches of pollen as it is in a glorious sunset forming backdrop to Lydney Harbour.

Once again I was reminded of the words of the beloved hymn writer Isaac Watts which I shared in a post for Crosspoint last year; so well does he capture this theme that it is worth repeating:

‘Meditation on the First of May’ – Isaac Watts

‘What an exquisite world of wonders is complicated even in the body of every little insect – an ant, a gnat a mite, that is scarce visible to the naked eye. Admirable engines! which a whole academy of philosophers could never contrive – which the nation of poets has neither art nor colours to describe – nor has a world of mechanics skill enough to frame the plainest or coarsest of them.

Their nerves, their muscles and the minute atoms which compose the fluids fit to run in the little channels of their veins, escape the notice of the most sagacious mathematician, with all his aid of glasses. The active powers and curiosity of human nature are limited on their pursuit and must be content to lie down in ignorance.
It is a sublime and constant triumph over all the intellectual powers of man which the great God maintains every moment in the inimitable works of nature – in these impenetrable recesses and mysteries of divine art.’ Isaac Watts

May this time be for you one in which you too see the wondrous works of God in the minute worlds that inhabit our patios as well as in the stars that shine out on crystal clear nights from across our Galaxy.

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