In late July I purchased this wall photo at a craft show. It is now hanging in my home. When I first entered the booth of the man selling his wall photos, I thought they were paintings. His pictures which are scenes from nature all have that paintbrush sort of abstract look. I soon found out they are photos beautifully mounted on a metal surface with a lovely hanger on the back.
The story behind this photo and all this man's photos are amazing, however. When young this man was exposed to a chemical which resulted in involuntary tremors. For many years this was a source of frustration and even bitterness in various areas of his life.
The man was especially frustrated that he could not take a clear picture with his camera because of his tremors. He asked his Lord many times, "Why?" Finally the Lord told his spirit that he had been given a gift. He consulted other artists, photographers, and designers. They all thought his pictures were beautiful just as they are. God uses what is outwardly a terrible disability to make something beautiful and wonderful.
In the same way God uses our weaknesses and make something wonderful and beautiful from them. When the apostle Paul repeatedly asked God to remove some "thorn" in his life God said, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness." Paul response was "Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.---For when I am weak, then I am strong. (II Corinthians 12 9-10 in the New Testament of the Bible.) Beautiful things come from our weaknesses submitted to God, so He can fill us with His strength and beauty.
(P.S The photographer is Ken Voigt, and his business is called Freedom INK of WI LLC, if you want to research his work some more. He has not asked me to promote his work. I just had to share this wonderful story.