Been tinkering with macro lately since the dismal weather makes it difficult to go outside. The lack of natural light makes things grainy and I’m partial to crystal clear images. This is an exception however.
My preferred textures are canvas (as seen here) and sandstone as seen on the first three images.
This picture is super blurry, but I like the ant silhouette. Adding texture can have a redeeming quality to any blurry image caused by insufficient lighting, an out of focus moving subject or camera shake.
To create this effect, it took a small yellow dessert plate and a cup with a tiny drop of honey to keep the ant happy.
Speaking about keeping the ant content, if no one is content where God placed them, there will be none willing to do the work that no one wants to do. Pretty much most of society’s ills can be pinned on discontent. People want to get ahead at the expense of cheating and hurting other people.
“What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”
James 4:1-3 NIV
Verse 3 shows us that some prayers remain unanswered because God does not respond to, let alone honor false motives.
“You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? 6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”
James 4:4-6 NIV
If being content with being small is associated with having favor from God, there’s no other place I’d rather be.