So I had this brilliant idea tonight: I took a picture of my wife and a picture of me and tried to merge them together. I thought maybe it would look cool and show us what our baby will look like 24 years from now.
After spending over an hour on The Gimp trying to get the two faces to merge in a semi-natural way, I was no closer than I was 5 minutes after I started. In fact, the more I played around with it, the worse it looked.
I tried using semi-transparency. Sometimes my face would show through really well, and other times her face would show through really well, but our facial lines would not match up no matter how contorted I managed to make them. The more I would adjust either her picture or mine, the worse the over-all picture looked.
Then I tried taking pieces of her face and super-imposing them over mine and taking pieces of my face and super-imposing them over hers. This looked even worse, because our pictural faces were at slightly different angles. Finally, about 5 minutes ago I realized that I do not have the talent for merging two faces into one.
Ah, but I thank the Lord that He gets the picture right. Somehow he takes both of our characteristics and manages to not only paint them into one but also make that one baby completely unique from either of us. What I struggled to do and failed to do in 2D, God is able to accomplish in 3D. Actually, it's more incomparable than that, since He even adds life to the whole equation.
This seems almost allegorical. I think I am going to go to bed now. Maybe I'll find something better to do with an hour tomorrow night.