Recently, whether at home, at work or at my social work, I encountered “photograph woes”.
First, it was the grandmother choosing a photograph for a magazine. From choosing, scanning, cropping, re-sizing, finishing touches to printing, it tested the patience of the granddaughter (my teenage daughter) to its limit. Anyway, it’s a happy ending with the job delivered and perfectly done.
Then, it is the photo of mGf whom I interviewed for my new project – Sarawak children abroad – for the newspaper, The Borneo Post. This time, it was mGf’s patience being tested to its limit. I kept rejecting his photos sent in, until he wrote, “You mean I should not show warts and all?”
The job has been delivered and perfectly done, too!
Then, it was the photograph session for the Girls’ Brigade. With over 20 women and 200 girls wanting to show the best, what do you think?
The job has also been delivered and perfectly done, no doubt about it!
Today, much settled, I remember mGf’s “warts and all” and the source of this phrase.
It was in England. It was during the years of the Protectorate under Oliver Cronwell. Cronwell said to the famous French painter in the name of Peter Lely,
I desire you would use all your skill to paint my picture truly like me, and not flatter me at all, but remark all these roughnesses, pimples, warts and all, otherwise I never will pay a farthing for it.
What desire for honest description!
How many of us would want a honest description of ourselves – “warts and all – that’s the way I want it”?
Most of the time, I feel that the picture taken does not do me justice! Don’t you?
Yes, it was always the first reaction. But, I am always comforted that God takes me the way I am, warts and all. Not only that, He picks imperfect people, warts and all, to do His works.
Just make yourself available, He uses “warts and all”!
Over 200 happy women and girls – all in GB family – Warts and All – Jesus Loves us!