Full Life in the Emptiest of Places

Sometimes you shoot an image and you work on it and you bring it to some wordless place of perfection and though you know, just know in your bones, that there’s a message in that image, just like a message in a bottle, you can’t find the words…..until some time later. In my case, over a year after I shot the image.

I had to go back to image number 1,703 of 6,726.

A Full Life in the Emptiest of Places by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson © 2012

A Full Life in the Emptiest of Places by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson © 2012

I shot and edited this image in October 2012. I found the words to go with it on November 29, 2013 in the verses for that day’s devotional in the book Jesus Calling:

I will always show you where to go. I’ll give you a full life in the emptiest of places – firm muscles, strong bones.  You’ll be like a well-watered garden, a gurgling spring that never runs dry. Isaiah 58:11 The Message

When I look at this cactus sandwiched between the inner window and the outer security grill, I see something that has a full life in the emptiest of places. It has grown through the chicken wire and is so well-established that it would be tough to move.

This image and the words to go with it give me hope that every empty place can be full of life with God.  And this example gives me faith that when I shoot an image and invest so much in it but don’t have the words to describe what it means, to trust that they will come.

5 thoughts on “Full Life in the Emptiest of Places

    1. Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson Post author

      Hi Rudy, thanks for reminding us of this phrase. You got me curious about the origins. Wikipedia says it was first used in 1911 in a newspaper article. Yet it seems much older than that. Thank you for commenting!

      1. scatterwisdom

        While researching my novel, I became aware that most sayings, whether current or ancient, have many times been said even thousands of years ago.

        Thanks for replying and I am waiting to see your next profound picture.

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