Bright And Beautiful

I found myself strolling through a beautiful rose garden that I love in Newport Beach, California. I am often drawn to it when I visit the California coast. Sometimes the garden is in full bloom and sometimes there are no roses to admire. But on this particular day, the roses were in abundance with a rich rainbow of colors.

I had my Nikon D810 camera with my special Micro-Nikkor 200mm macro lens that is perfect for capturing images of flowers and the special dance of light on the layers of petals.

So as I walked through the garden inspecting the rows and rows of roses, I kept my eye out for that one that would stand out from the crowd. And finally, I was rewarded for my efforts. There it was–a lone yellow rose, standing tall–bright and beautiful, with petals lifted to the sun. I spent a lot of time with this rose, capturing many unique images. I liked this one the best—a side view with the focus on those layers of dancing petals in the sunlight.

We are to be like this rose, shining for the Lord, bright and beautiful for His glory.

Jesus encouraged all of us with these words —

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a peck measure, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.”
Matthew 5:14-16 AMP

Eugene Peterson puts it this way in The Message

“You’re here to be light, bringing out the God–colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light–bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand–shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”

I love thinking about Jesus’ words today. Let’s all be like this beautiful rose and shine for Jesus as a light in the world. People are drawn to the light and they will be drawn to our Lord Jesus. And when they come to Him, they will be changed forever, and become lights in the world—bright and beautiful.

God bless you, dear friend, and keep shining for the Lord.

Dear Lord, thank You for Your light. May we shine bright and beautiful for You today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!


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You are the light of the world.
Matthew 5:14 AMP

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  • Title: Bright And Beautiful
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  • Description: A yellow rose open to the sun in Newport Beach, California, USA.
  • Creator: Catherine Martin
  • Date Created: 07/14/17
  • Camera: Nikon D810, Micro-Nikkor 200mm, FL 200mm, ISO 400, f/16, 1/250sec.
  • Photoshoot: myPhotoWalk Photo Shoot in Newport Beach, California, USA.
  • Post-Processing: Adobe Camera Raw, Adobe Photoshop, Topaz Software, ON1 Software.
  • Copyright ©2018 Catherine Martin — myPhotoWalk™ — Quiet Time Ministries. All Rights Reserved.
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