An Invitation to a Conversation

//An Invitation to a Conversation

An Invitation to a Conversation

By Sharon Swing, Co-Author of Listen To My Life: Maps for Recognizing and Responding to God in My Story

We came to a crossroads.  In one direction, a gravel road, and the other, a path with trees overhanging.  A sign pointed to the main road.

I was struck by the scene and received the image into my camera and my consciousness.  I was aware that God was inviting me into a conversation about that image.

God has been moving in my spirit, speaking to me about my perspective on the future, where to invest my energy, and continually inviting me to trust Him more fully and joyfully.

I stood at that crossroads and the tree-covered path beaconed me.  The main road, the conventional way, the direction, the way most people would call logical, the way the sign pointed just didn’t seem appealing.

The photo captured the tension in my soul between doing what seems safe, and going on an adventure.  The story of the scene was one of an invitation from God to trust him.  I can picture Jesus inviting me to step past the sign pointing to the main road to take a walk with him down that path.

Good photography invites us to pause, to ponder and to pursue a conversation with ourselves and with God.  That is why I am an enthusiastic photographer.

When I returned home, my friend and fellow adventurer in oneLifemaps, Joan Kelley, saw something different.  She sent me an email with this verse that captioned the photo for her.

The signposts of God are clear and point out the right road.

The life-maps of God are right, showing the way to joy.

Psalm 19:8

I was intrigued by Joan’s experience of the scene.

Looking at the same image, I wonder how God might speak differently through it to a variety of His followers and companions.  I’m in awe of how God interacts so personally and uniquely with each of his friends.  We experience this so often in Listen to My Life workshops when people spend time listening to God through the same scripture.  Different words, phrases and whispers of the spirit become meaningful.  In God’s infinite relational capacity, he chooses to interact so intimately, simultaneously, with each person in the room.

Ponder the image and ask God if he might whisper something to your soul.

What do you sense?

Please post your reflections.  Just scroll down and add your comments under “Speak Your Mind.”

This image is available for purchase at, Sharon Swing’s photography website.


By | 2017-05-02T15:50:12+00:00 January 15, 2013|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|0 Comments

About the Author:

Sharon Swing is an author, retreat leader, speaker, artist and consultant with interests in life story as a spiritual development tool, crafting experiences that give God space to do what he does best, art as a spiritual pathway, and change. With Sibyl Towner, she has co-authored Listen to My Life: Maps for Recognizing and Responding to God in My Story. For more information, visit She is an organization development consultant specializing in planning, meeting facilitation, leadership development and change management. For more information, visit

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