This image entitled “Lonely” was captured on October 23, 2011 in Manchester, NH at Lake Massabesic. The image captures a sailboat, all alone in the crisp Autumn morning myst…but was it really alone?
Here is the story behind the naming of this image.
Walking along the lakefront, I noticed a frail old man sitting on a park bench. He was sitting there, staring into the fog that covered the lake. He looked sad and alone. I didn’t want to bother him so I went about my business. I continued on my travels, looking for just the right place to snap a few photographs. I began driving around the lake, and before long, I found this lone sailboat seemingly hovering in the weeds and myst. At first, it was hard to see, but as I drew closer, it’s bright yellow hull shined through it. I pulled up and snapped a few shots. I paused for a bit to reflect on what I was witnessing. Just off the starboard side, is another boat hiding even deeper in the fog. It's barely visible, but it's there. What I see now is more than just a couple of sailboats hanging out in the morning myst. There's a message here too.
See, God uses people and things around us to help us understand the world he created for us. When I see this image and think about the old man sitting on the park bench, I realize we are never really alone. I know now that the sad and lonely looking old man I had seen earlier that day wasn't really alone after all . God most certainly was at his side.
I’ve captured many images over time. Each one has a meaning of its own. Though simple in its elements, this photograph means a lot to me, and I hope it does for you too. Every time I see it, I'm reminded of that frail old man sitting on the bench, and the power and unfailing love God has for us. May you receive his blessings each and every day.