I recently traveled to Dayton, Ohio with my wife, Kandi, work related for her, possible photo opportunity for me, and I spotted the enormous outstretched arms of Jesus. I had not processed any of the images but after the Boston Marathon attack, my mind was instantly taken back to this image. Psalms 136:12 tells us “with a mighty hand and outstretched arm; His love endures forever.” No group or no one can ever take away the love our savior has for us. And as Jeremiah responds to God in Jeremiah 32:17 “Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” By putting our faith in Jesus, he also makes nothing too hard for us. Those outstretched arms are always open for anyone to fill.
This 52 foot landmark is located along Interstate 75 at Solid Rock Church, Monroe, Ohio, between Cincinnati and Dayton and is a “beacon of hope” for I75 travelers as quoted by co-pastor, Lawrence Bishop. You can imagine the surprise of traveling I75 and the amazement of this 52 foot landmark reaching out to travelers as saying “God, made the doors of this sanctuary wise enough to receive all who need human love, fellowship, and the father’s care… and narrow enough to shut out envy, pride, and hate. Make its threshold smooth, that it may be no stumbling block to childhood, weakness, or straying feet, but rugged enough to turn back the tempter’s power.” (First Baptist Church of Williamson Welcome)
I met a fellow photographer, C. Thomas Anderson, on this trip and look forward to sharing tips and shooting with him in the near future. This image was shot with my Nikon D4, 16-35mm lens, RRS TVC-33L tripod, and my Lee Big Stopper 10 stop ND filter.
I hope you enjoy…