I was intrigued as to why he wanted my permission, but when I looked at it I knew why. Although it is not what I would regard as a flattering picture of myself it is an honest one. I find it hard to look at as its a view of myself I don't often have. When we see ourselves it tends to be in a mirror, and I was quite shocked when I was younger to realise that I don't really like my profile. I've learnt to tolerate it now.
What this throws up is an interesting thought of how we view ourselves and way we are percieved by others and how this differs from the way others see and percieve us. And even though we know ourselves very well - how we think, feel and see the world, we never see the whole picture of "me". Thankfully God does, and I am reminded of the following verses...
Now... for the photo.
For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.1 O LORD, you have searched me
and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
you know it completely, O LORD.