Ed Duffy, who describes himself as a “digital storyteller,” recently went with a Charis Ministries group on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. He attached a photo of the River Jordan to an email and it gave me quite a surprise because the river was not at all as I had imagined it. At least in this photo, it looks lush and lovely.
I always imagined the River Jordan as being a trickle of water flowing through a barren wasteland. My image of Jesus’ baptism was that it took place in a spot they’d damned the water to form a small pool.
I keep getting things like this wrong . When I first saw the Mona Lisa with my own eyes, for instance, I was astonished at how tiny it was. In my imagination, because it was such a famous portrait it had to be at least life-size, if not bigger. And there I was standing in front of what seemed like a glorified postage stamp…
Anything you’ve gotten spectacularly wrong (or right)?