Sunday, 11 August 2013

The Unseen Seen by Susan L.

My neighbour, in the process of photographing a squirrel, captured an amazing image. In the sixth attempt, a face appeared behind the V of the branches, about five feet off the ground. It wasn't a human face and appears to be made of polished wood. The honey coloured wood with a darker grain follows the contours of the head. One eye was large and dark with a visible twinkle in its depths. The other eye was in shadow. A small and knotty nose protruded oner a large upper lip. The mouth was small as was the chin. The whole face portrayed a sense of age and great peace. My neighbour was freaked out. I thought it was amazing. There is no logical or physical reason for the image. The pine boughs in the background could not have blurred to form the warm brown of the face. The face is in front of them. Not only that, but the face only appears in one picture. As a Christian, the Unseen is part of our lives. There are those who are blessed to see what others can't. Animals often do. The squirrel wouldn't climb the tree even though there was a small dog yapping crazily at the base. Or was the dog barking at something invisible to the human eye? A tree spirit? Do all living things have spirits? Aboriginal cultures believe they do. Doesn't the whole earth and all its creatures sing Glory to God? Which opens more questions regarding the earthly realm and the spiritual realms that coexist around us every day. "Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven." Lk 10:20

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