Friday, April 13, 2012

Unaware of the Danger

A few months ago, I spent some time with a friend in the LDS bookstore in Dallas. Upon leaving, a piece of artwork caught my eye. I was taken back. I stopped my steps and stared. I slowly walked over to the picture seeing a quote that made the picture even more meaningful.

"Sometimes God calms the storm,
and sometimes he lets the storm rage
and calms his child."
-Author Unknown

The artwork I saw was a painting. The picture I have shown above is a photograph. The description of the photograph reads as follows:

"The lighthouse keeper, Théodore Malgorne, stands at the door looking out at the helicopter, unaware of the scale of the wave crashing into the building. It was thought for some time that he was killed by the wave moments after the photographs were taken, however Neil Oliver and Jean Guichard travel to meet Malgorne and give him a signed copy of the photograph.

La Jument lighthouse is situated in an area of coastline always considered treacherous by sailors and there have been many shipwrecks over the years. In June 1896, the steam ship Drummond Castle was wrecked killing nearly 250 people. La Jument was built to provide a safer crossing for ships and it was constructed between 1904 and 1911."

The lighthouse keeper survived. He was protected. Even though his protection seemed old, and the ocean was bearing down in all of its fury, he remained standing as a keeper of the light. It's amazing that he did not know of the danger that surrounded him because he was standing in safety.

Our choices every day direct our destiny. Where do we choose to stand?

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