I love this picture...just like the title says - it's beautiful! And although I can see and love the beauty in this picture, I also happen to be the one behind the camera...I see the whole picture(as far as this flower is concerned). Behind this picture..inches away is a mess. There was a chair sitting on an old and nearly worn out pallet, waiting to be painted. The chair was ugly, the pallet was ugly(still is). I think I needed to weed around all those clearance plants that Chad can't seem to break me of but that's another post. I wonder what people think of me sometimes(please don't tell me). I know that some seem to think that I have it all together, that I'm some sort of supermom...why? Because of pictures like this one. We project certain images for the world to see whether intentionally or not. Most of the time people see me as a stay at home Christian wife and mother. I go to church every Sunday. I home school 6 kids. My house is relatively clean(considering the kids). My children are well mannered. My husband is in Seminary. Yes! Indeed I have been blessed. But people only see bits and pieces of who I really am. If you look at Twitter today alone you'll see more pictures, some cute things from Lainey and probably a few Spurgeon quotes. Just based on Twitter my day would seem beautiful to most. But what I didn't mention in those tweets was the fact that when I took the photos it was because I thought I would explode and had to get outside! And you couldn't hear the tone in my voice when I told Lainey not to pick up spiders! Things are not always(hardly ever) as they seem. Be careful in comparing yourself to anyone. Why? Because you can't see behind the picture. Be careful as well not to judge others for the bad that you see, remember, you can't see behind that picture. The picture of my Savior, dead,bruised, and bloodied beyond recognition is not a beautiful picture. Unless of course we can see Him Risen, Alive, and at the right hand of The Father. He alone can see the whole picture. He alone is the one behind the "camera".