Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective ~ Barriers

A small sand wall formed by the tide

A small sand wall formed by the tide

Sand frozen in time
Layered canyon sea barrier
Tide swiftly washes

When I took this photo, the tide was receding.  An entire section of the shore stood taller than that closer to the ocean, with the sand above separated by the collapse of the wet shore beneath.  The tide had formed a miniature sea wall, like a barrier.

However, when photographed from a close up perspective, the wall looked as large as that of the Grand Canyon, with the shells on the surface above mere spectators of the imposing scene below.

The wall was actually only about a foot high and was really no match for the next high tide. 

Varied perspectives in photography intrigue me, particularly close shots.  I like the details in things, especially in nature.  Things that others sometimes miss.

I also try to appreciate people others dismiss.  It is the reason that for years I have worked with adults with special needs at my church.  They are a group many consider as the least of these among us; cute when young, but forgotten when older. 

Those of us who work with them, though, have discovered a secret; one found only by interacting with them close enough to gain their trust, and by overcoming personal barriers of fear or disdain.

The secret is that those with special needs are some of the most loving, giving people.  Unconcerned and often unaware about their impairments, they instead spend their time just enjoying life and loving others. 

In my short time teaching them, I am the one who has learned.  Had I not overcome the barrier of my hesitations, and drawn near enough to see them from a perspective beyond their disabilities, though, I would have missed out on gaining their sweet friendships. 

As the tide quickly washes away a tiny sea wall barrier, I had to let God erase my fears of loving those viewed as unlovely.  By doing so, the one blessed has been me.

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“Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Matthew 25:40

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From The Daily Post

© Sue Nash/ 2014

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31 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective ~ Barriers

  1. Chris

    From one teacher to another, may God bless your work with those who have special needs. I can relate well to your comment about learning from them.

    Thanks for sharing…

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    1. heavenlyraindrops Post author

      You are so sweet. I am so sorry, though, because I still don’t participate or post awards. I hope you are not offended. It in no way means I am unappreciative. Thank you very much.! 😊

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  2. lilkaraphael

    Sue, I loved this post. People like you give me hope for my youngest who is diagnoses with autism. Life for him can sometimes be cold and cruel. It is comforting as a mother knowing there are still people like you who not only allow your “light” to shine but allow others with special needs to shine as well. Thanks so much for blessing me with this today. Would you mind if I reblogged this on my God, autism and me site?

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    1. heavenlyraindrops Post author

      I would be honored if you did a Reblog. Autism is a challenging diagnosis. I will be praying for your journey as his mom, and for him- that he will find people and friends in life willing to take a chance on appreciating him for who he is. Blessings

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      1. lilkaraphael

        Thanks so much for that prayer. He is the most loving kid around. I have to constantly fight back my fears for his future. Your blog today gave me hope!

      2. heavenlyraindrops Post author

        Now that just made me smile. As I was praying for you, God reminded me that it easy for me to befriend my class, but that yours is a 24/7 journey. Blessings

  3. lilkaraphael

    Reblogged this on God, Autism, and Me and commented:
    I get by with a little help from my friends… Sue and I share our faith, a love for photography and nature. Her post today over at Heavenly Raindrops inspired me this morning with hope for the future. I pray it blesses you as well. Enjoy!

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  5. joseph elon lillie

    A great photo and a greater blog. Have you ever heard of Special Touch Ministries? I have been blessed to lead worship for the camp in our region for the last three years and this year we have successfully launched the first New England Chapter to reach people with disabilities who have not heard the gospel message in a format they can receive. Our hope is to not only reach the disabled but to open up church communities to welcome, love and include the disabled.

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    1. heavenlyraindrops Post author

      Joseph,
      Thanks for stopping by. I have not heard of Special Touch, but it sounds terrific what they are doing. Our church is connected somewhat through Joni and Friends, another great ministry. How wonderful that you have a heart to lead in worship at the camps. My class loves worshipping in music! Blessings and thanks

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    1. heavenlyraindrops Post author

      Thanks very much. Unfortunately, at this time I don’t post or participate in awards. I hope this does not offend you. Please know that I appreciative that you thought of me. Blessings.

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      1. icedmocha34

        Oh, that’s fine! I just like people to know how much I love their blogs! God bless!

  6. Mikey - LNC, USN (Retired)

    Very enjoyable post to read and I especially like your reference of Matthew 25:40. You’re a very talented young lady. Keep writing and being an instrument that the Lord uses to encourage and uplift other people. God bless you!

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  8. A Servant

    It has been my honor to do a Rest Home ministry. You are right about the seniors being set to the side in this society. I have found that if you take the time, and slow down a bit, they have so much to offer. I often hear “You are doing such a great thing for them”, little to they know I am the one getting the blessings.

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