Today I submitted a photograph to a competition for amateur photographers. The subject of the competition was ‘Wish You Were Here’ (which also happens to be the title of one of my favourite Pink Floyd songs). The aim of the competition is ‘to revitalise the concept of the traditional ‘wish you were here’ postcard.’
As I have almost 1,000 photographs from a visit to Guernsey back in June I figured it would be fairly simple to select a photograph of a stunning sunset, or a beautiful Guernsey beach, or even a cliff top view. I was wrong. Now I don’t know what the judges will think but the photograph I submitted was of my wife and our friends Jerry and Chris wrapped up against the wind and the rain while walking across the tidal causeway between Guernsey and the even smaller island of Lihou.
On first glance the photograph speaks loudly about the typical weather one can expect by holidaying in the British Isles. However, the real story behind the photograph is Jerry’s determination to visit Lihou, regardless of the weather. As the causeway is only safe to use at certain times due to the tides, we were fortunate that our week in Guernsey coincided with a period when it was safe to cross. Sadly the weather thought it could stop us. It didn’t, and we thoroughly enjoyed our wet and windswept afternoon.
We made sure that we crossed back to Guernsey long before the tide turned. Having grown up in Guernsey I know that time and tide wait for no man (as the saying goes)! No one can stop time and no one can turn back the tide – as demonstrated many years ago by King Canute:
The story of King Canute and the waves is an apocryphal anecdote illustrating the piety or humility of King Canute the Great, recorded in the 12th century by Henry of Huntingdon. In the story, Canute demonstrates to his flattering courtiers that he has no control over the elements (the incoming tide), explaining that secular power is vain compared to the supreme power of God. (Wikipedia)
Every day we see examples of God’s power as we observe His signature throughout creation. And yet, so many of our friends, family, colleagues, as well as the folk we pass in the street have no understanding of the need to enter into a relationship with God, and have no apparent longing for eternity. And that places a huge responsibility on those of us whose lives have been uniquely touched and changed by God. When we reach eternity it will be too late to write a ‘Wish You Were Here’ postcard.
Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. (Ecclesiastes 3:11 NLT)