Isabella Baugh wins Dordt photo competition

by Paul Attema

Last year Isabella Baugh won a photo competition that was organized by Dordt College. “Mr. Hoksbergen encouraged me to try the competition, said Baugh “so I thought it was worth a shot and it turned out better than I thought.”

Her photo was accompanied by a paragraph that relates it to the biblical concept of salvation. 

Blossoms from The Gardner

“Out of nothing there was something, out of darkness there was light, out of fear there came faith, out of dust there came life, but only because the Heavens declared. From the ashes of a broken world filled with sin and darkness, a seed was planted. That seed was Christ and new life was created, where there had once been nothing but the ugliness of sin.

Where there had been no life there is new life growing out of the desolation and emptiness of before. Where there is the ugliness of sin, there is the true beauty of God’s forgiveness. Like the flower, there is a symbolic depiction of life. Blossoming from the most undesirable conditions comes a flower, that has been tended to and nurtured, growing into something that will be beautiful, and placed in a home that will no longer be broken or filled with darkness.

Today, in the middle of tragedy we are drawn to the beauty of creation, as if we are searching for more. Answers to our many questions. Questions about our relationships or what nature’s hidden messages really mean. God created perfect signs hidden within nature so that we would gain a desire to explore His Creation and wonder for more.  We are like God’s flowers, coming from a broken and sinful world, but watered and nurtured by The Gardner, helping us to blossom out of the darkness and into the light. A part of something that will soon be a part of God’s glorious display, because the Heavens declare. 

‘Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. ‘Psalm 96: 11-12 (NIV)

Because the Heavens declared.”

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