Miss Potter – A remarkable lady

Last weekend we watched again the wonderful performances of Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor in that masterpiece Miss Potter. The film is a joy to watch on every level. Sumptuous costumes, gorgeous scenery, humour and romance. But the best is the story of a woman who would not settle for the shallow conventions of her era.

Beatrix Potter was a woman ahead her time in many ways. She had her own views and a special artistic talent. Her books cater to the childish imagination, but the drawings were of as good quality as those in any adult book. And working with Norman Warne she ensured the highest quality of production. Among the high quality innovative productions of the 21st century her books still stand the test.

And in terms of conservation she was very far sighted. According to Dr Iain Stewart on the BBC programme Making Scotland’s Landscape cites report from the 1950s describing the Scottish Highlands as a wasteland. The Highland clearances led to the creation of massive estates with very few people. Sheep and deer have stripped the vegetation, driving out many native species.

In contrast “Miss Potter” sought to preserve the small farms of the Lake District from commercialisation. No doubt there was an element of sentimentality. But she also recognised the danger to the natural ecosystems that are now lost in the highlands.

Perhaps there is a lesson there for the church. God created us for relationships. Yet so often we (I) become caught up in outward activity and appearances in pursuit of “success”. We can so easily crush people’s spirits and leave the church and society barren and lifeless.

May God give us grace to see the things that matter and love to care for his people before it’s too late

Steven — Posted with WordPress for BlackBerry.


About prophetable

My wife Elizabeth and I were commissioned as Officers (ministers) in The Salvation Army in 1997, and have served in appointments in England and Scotland. Since July 2016 I have been working in The Salvation Army's Scotland Office as combined parliamentary and ecumenical representative.
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