Inside the car, David, Jonathan, Esther, and I were cozy and excited; a perfect contrast with the dark, stormy night outside! I had entered the Doddridge County Fair Amateur Photography Contest and now we were driving home from picking up my pictures from the fairgrounds. We were rejoicing over the unexpected outcome. I had entered one photograph into each of six categories and it was a blessing to discover that two actually won first place and another two won second place; now that was unexpected!
The second contest I entered was just as unpredicted but in perfect contrast to the first one. The Jackson’s Mill Arts and Crafts Jubilee Photography Contest was a little larger with hundreds more images being entered. Against these odds I didn’t do quite as well! I did not receive any prizes but I did receive experience. For almost an hour, I studied and analyzed the prizewinning photographs to gain insight on how I could do better next time.
I praise the Lord for the blessings and experience He gave me through these events. “Don’t let success plunge you to failure, and don’t let failure prohibit you from success.”